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Mexican Cement Manufacturer Plans to Build Cement Plant in Colorado








Cement shortages in Colorado could be alleviated if a Mexican cement manufacturer decides to invest $200 million to build a new plant in Pueblo. The Pueblo plant would produce about one-million tons of cement a year, which would make it Colorado's second-largest cement plant.

The Pueblo cement plant has been discussed since 1998 and has all of the necessary building and air-quality permits. The company is finalizing assessments of electricity supplies, material suppliers and contractor customers. If the project gains approval from the board of directors of Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC), the plant could be operational by the end of 2007. In 2004, GCC had sales of $348 million and has cement plants in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, New Mexico and South Dakota. They have already spent more than $22 million on site preparation related to the Pueblo cement plant.

Source: The Denver Business Journal






Demolition of Cement Silos Will Allow For Detroit Riverfront Redevelopment






A view of downtown Detroit from the east riverfront. Demolition of three cement silos from the former LaFarge Cement Co. will make way for major redevelopment projects along the riverfront.


Demolition of the former LaFarge Cement Co. silos recently began in Detroit to make way for major redevelopment along the riverfront. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy were on hand for the start of the demolition of the silos that are located just east of General Motors Corp. headquarters at the Renaissance Center. Also slated for demolition are two other cement transfer stations on either side of Chene Park, which is located further east along the Detroit River. Once the silos are cleared, construction on Michigan's first urban skate park, the Tricentennial Skate Park, will begin as well as the Detroit RiverWalk, a biking, jogging, and walking path that is planned to run from MacArthur Bridge at Belle Isle to the Ambassador Bridge. Removal of the silos also allows the city to move forward with plans for a mixed-use redevelopment of major portions of the east riverfront to include apartments, condominiums, retail shops and entertainment venues.

Source: www.crainsdetroit.com






Spirit of Schuetze Design Fading






Landscape architect Reinhard Schuetze's design for Denver's Capitol grounds was pedestrian-oriented, but is losing ground to parking garages.


Reinhard Schuetze, appointed in 1893 as Denver's landscape architect, designed Colorado’s Capitol grounds in 1895. Schuetze, a German, was Denver’s first Landscape Architect. He also designed Fairmount Cemetery and the Cheesman and Washington city parks. His landscape design for the capitol was pedestrian-oriented--walkways, American elms for shade, bluegrass terraces with Colorado blue spruce and flowering trees.

Denver Post columnist Susan Barnes-Gelt writes that the Schuetze design is being undermined by too much pavement. She notes that in the mid-1930s, Colorado legislators started parking their cars in the circle close to the legislative building. Fifty years later, in 1987, a memo from Landscape Architect Phillip Flores called to "Restrict access and parking around base of State Capitol Building to ceremonial and emergency vehicles only."

Gelt writes that state officials apparently have no interest in securing the "elegance and human scale" of Schuetze’s plan. A new parking structure is already in place with plans for even more parking. Such a plan, she asserts, would result in removing grass, mature trees and public right-of-way totaling nearly 5,000 sq. ft.

Gelt reports a March 2005 memo from Flores to the Capitol Building Advisory Committee reiterating his 1987 recommendation was scratched out.






McAvoy Brick Company Presented with "Golden Trowel Award" by New Jersey Masonry Institute

The McAvoy Brick Factory of Schuylkill, Pa., was recently presented with the "Golden Trowel Award" from the New Jersey Masonry Institute. The brick company was chosen as the Best Public Project and Best Overall Project for the Two Rivers Theater Project in Red Bank, NJ. The factory has been producing bricks since 1896 and is still owned by the McAvoy family. The 25,000 sq. ft. factory produces up to 100,000 bricks a day, 36 million bricks each year.

"Not too many people in the area, or even the country, make anything anymore and there aren't many businesses owned by Americans," said fourth-generation president, Creighton H. "Butch" McAvoy. "Most brick companies are owned by multi-national corporations." While many brick manufactures now rely on machinery to produce bricks, McAvoy still relies on hand labor to preserve the quality and efficiency of their product.

"Use the old bricks from a torn-down building and they sell for more than they originally cost," said McAvoy. "Bricks are also the only building material that looks better the older it gets."





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