Slag Cement Awards
Honor Durable Concrete
New research award category added for 2018
National Veterans Museum
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The Slag Cement Association (SCA) has been honoring
the exceptional use of slag cement in concrete
construction since 2010 with the Slag Cement Project
of the Year Awards. The awards for 2018 were presented at
The ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition – Spring 2019
in Québec City, QC, Canada, on March 28, during the session
“Slag Cement in Durable Concrete.” SCA representatives
presented the awards to the winning teams in attendance and
gave an overview of each project to session attendees.
New to the awards program is a research award category,
which attracted applications from students working on a wide
range of projects exploring the role of slag cement in concrete
construction. “The SCA awards program has always been
focused on honoring the innovative use of slag cement in
durable concrete. Adding this research category to the lineup
has been a great way to expand that concept while getting
students involved,” said Ed Griffith, SCA Board President.
The winning projects included:
National Veterans Museum, Columbus, OH
Designed by Allied Works Architect, this structure consists
of three interwoven concrete rings. As one moves from the
center of the building, three wall arches form concentric oval
rings that converge and diverge along their vertical plane. This
creates a structure that supports the rooftop Sanctuary—a
place of ceremony, celebration, and reflection—while
sheltering the exhibits below.
Turner Construction Company selected Baker Concrete to
tackle this one-of-a-kind architectural concrete work of art.
From day one, the Baker team knew this was going to be one
of the most intricate projects they had ever worked on. The
building’s frame is one of the most complex concrete
structures ever built in Ohio. Construction challenges included
placing extremely high-density reinforcing steel into the
structure’s compound shapes and achieving proper
consolidation of the concrete.
Over 8000 yd3 (6100 m3) of concrete was placed, and all
mixtures included slag cement (at replacement levels ranging
from 35 to 65%). Slag cement was used for its aesthetically
pleasing finish, lighter color, strength, and lower permeability.
Slag cement also helped to limit the initial heat of hydration in
mass concrete placements. Almost all mixtures achieved
design strength within 7 days.
Project Credits: Franklin County Commissioners, Baker
Concrete, Turner Construction, Allied Works Architecture,
Anderson Concrete, and Skyway Cement.
The Virage Bayshore, Tampa, FL
This project includes the construction of a 25-floor
high-end luxury condominium building off Bayshore Blvd. in
Tampa, FL. The foundation included 130 drilled shafts
ranging from 2 to 4 ft (0.6 to 1.2 m) in diameter and up to