The Art of Concrete by ProQuest


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									Cover Story                  Rebecca Wasieleski, Editor

The Art of Concrete                                                                        PROJECT AT A GLANCE
                                                                                           Concrete Subcontractor: Reinforced Structures, Inc.
                                                                                           General Contractor: The Beck Group
                                                                                           Architect: HOK Architects
Florida contractor                           a few blocks from the simple concrete         Structural Engineer: Walter P. Moore
                                             structure that currently houses the           Producer: Florida Rock, A Vulcan Material Company
Reinforced Structures,                       largest collection of Salvador Dali art       Key products and equipment:
                                             outside the surrealist painter’s home-
Inc. relied on planning                      land of Spain. The Dali Foundation
                                                                                           Timberline Estimating; Adobe Acrobat Pro for shop
                                                                                           drawings; Mac computers; iPhones; PLS lasers;
                                                                                           Penetron waterproofing admixture; Grace SCC ad-
and scheduling to                            and city of St. Petersburg saw great          mixtures in the ready mixed concrete and Marb-A-
                                             potential for the museum, which is the        Like form release agent; ERICO’s LENTON Couplers;
successfully build                           most visited museum in Florida. They          Peri formwork for staircase; Shore/Form Systems,
                                                                                           Inc. for building forms; HDO plywood.
an architectural                             wanted not just a structure to house
                                             the Dali collection, but a structure that
cast-in-place                                would be a draw for visitors itself.
structure with self-                           The 60,000-square-foot building was
                                             designed to withstand a Category 5
consolidating concrete                       hurricane. It has 18-inch-thick concrete
to house the works of                        walls, was built with 10,000 yards of
                                             concrete and includes 1,000 tons of
artist Salvador Dali.                        reinforcing steel. Building strengths
                                             were measured at more than 7     ,500 psi.

            hen Reinforced Structures,       To help combat the ocean’s salt air
            Inc. of Clearwater, Fla., took   and its corrosive effect on reinforcing
            on the concrete construction     steel, a water inhibitor admixture was
work of the new Dali Museum, the             specified in the mix and the rebar is
company had a number of challenges           set back in the wall 2.5 inches, double
to overcome. First, this was RSI’s           the traditional distan
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