The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) recognized The Spancrete Group Inc. with two prestigious industry awards. Both awards were presented at PCI's 52nd annual convention held in Grapevine, Texas. Spancrete was honored with the Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award for its role in the I-90 Bridge Over Door Creek. Built for the Wisconsin DOT, the prototype bridge, located in Madison, Wis., represents a new approach to a standard deck-replacement system. The project, developed in cooperation with UW-Madison and the Wisconsin DOT, spent one year in research before construction even took place. It required the replacement and widening of an existing bridge deck and needed to allow the bridge to remain open for traffic during construction. To accommodate the needs of the project, Spancrete participated in the research and then produced precast deck panels that were both prestressed and post-tensioned — a first for bridge decks in Wisconsin.
The second award recognized Jeff Davis and Josh Mory, two architectural students enrolled in The Spancrete Studio at UW-Milwaukee, for their first place finish in the2006 PCI Student Architectural Competition. Faculty advisors, Gil Snyder and Matt Jarosz, were also recognized. Open to students enrolled in an architectural or related program, the competition sought design entries for projects using precast concrete. Entries were judged on the overall creative design of a total precast structure and the innovative use of precast concrete as an agent in environmentally sustainable design. Davis and Mory entered the architectural competition with site-specific design plans for a combined school of architecture and museum. The pair's winning design plan competed against more than 30 entries and included an innovative roof detail and technically challenging cantilever auditorium. The Spancrete Studio is a course offered through UW-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Sponsored by Spancrete and intended for advance-level students, the course explores the role of technology and its relationship to today's architectural design standards. Headquartered in Waukesha, Wis., The Spancrete Group Inc. provides architectural and structural precast concrete products to the Midwest construction industry.