Monthly Archives: May 2017

Slump Test Determines Consistency of Concrete

Slump is the measure of the consistency in a specific batch of fresh concrete.  A slump test accesses the consistency of the fresh concrete, and to ensure that the correct amount of water has been added to the mix. To … Continue reading

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Using Concrete and Glass to Create a Masterpiece of a Home

A recently constructed 20,000 sq. ft. home located on Miami’s Coconut Grove bay is an excellent example of integrating a man-made structure into the natural surroundings.  Designed by the filmmaker Alejandro Landes, the massive concrete and glass-walled villa is his … Continue reading

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Mix-use Development Offers Smart Growth

At The Conco Companies, we are proud to have provided concrete services on many mixed-use buildings and “green” projects constructed in urban areas up and down the West Coast.   The Municipal Research & Services Center in Seattle, Washington defines mixed-use … Continue reading

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ICF Wall Systems

Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) systems are being used in everything from single story buildings to 20+ story high-rises.  Common types of projects include single and multifamily residential housing, hotels, offices, educational and healthcare facilities, manufacturing and warehouse buildings and others. … Continue reading

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Placing Concrete in Extreme Temperatures

At The Conco Companies we have years of experience placing concrete in all kinds of weather conditions.   We are often asked if it is ever too cold or too hot to safely place concrete.   The answer is not necessarily a … Continue reading

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Concrete – A Great Overall Building Material

      The Portland Cement Association states that, “Slightly more than half of all low-rise buildings in the United States are constructed from concrete.”  It is also the most common man-made material on the planet as well as the … Continue reading

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Developing a More Durable Concrete Using Acid Mine Drainage

    The University of Michigan is conducting an interesting study that involves developing a more durable concrete using raw acid mine drainage from abandoned mines in Northeast Pennsylvania.  The research is focused on whether the impacted water, taken from … Continue reading

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