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SEP 2017

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40 • September 2017 The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Insti- tute presented Willis Construction and Gate Precast with the Sidney Freedman Craftsmanship Award, which recognizes PCI-certified plants for excellence in manufacturing and craftsmanship of archi- tectural precast and glass fiber-reinforced concrete (GFRC) structures and individual components. A panel of industry experts, including award namesake and retired PCI director of Architectural Systems Sidney Freed- man, selected Willis Construction's precast concrete cladding for the new Latter-day Saints Tijuana Temple in Tijuana, Mexico, as well as Gate Precast's architectural precast panels for the Faena Park parking structure in Miami. The judges evaluated projects on a variety of criteria that the industry has identified as key measures of manufacturing excellence, including forming, overcoming obstacles to production, finishing, and the overall quality of the end product. "Willis Construction's meticulous design work on the beautiful scrolling shapes featured in the Latter-day Saints Tijuana Temple project is a stunning example of both expertise in precast production and in craftsmanship," said Freedman. "The real evidence of the level of craftsmanship on this project is in the fine detailing on very ornamental pieces." By using a Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machine, Willis Construction was able to maximize form building precision while producing the intricate panel forms. "The precaster created scrolling concrete orna- mental pieces by first producing foam molds FEATURE CRAFTSMANSHIP CRAFTSMANSHIP COMMENDED PCI honors Willis Construction, Gate Precast for innovative methods Willis Construction created scrolling concrete ornamental pieces for the Latter-day Saints Tijuana Temple by producing foam molds using a CNC router, and then spraying the molds with GFRC.

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