May 16, 2020

Tutor Perini wins $112m Chumash Casino Resort expansion construction contract in California

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Tutor Perini Building Corporation has been awarded a contract worth approximately$112 millionby theSanta Ynez Band of Chumash Indiansfor the expansion o...

Tutor Perini Building Corporation has been awarded a contract worth approximately $112 million by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians for the expansion of the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California.

The scope of work for the project includes construction of a hotel tower that will add 215 additional rooms; a 20,000-square-foot pool deck; a parking garage; expansion of the existing gaming floor; and additional food and beverage venues.

Tutor Perini said it was proud to continue building upon its 12-year relationship with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, as well as with other Native American tribes throughout the country.

In addition to working on the construction of the Chumash Casino Resort, Tutor Perini has worked on MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut; Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino in Laveen, Arizona; Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, California; and Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California.

Construction is scheduled to begin in October 2014 with substantial completion anticipated in 2016. The contract value is expected to be included as part of the Company’s reported third-quarter backlog.

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Jul 30, 2021

University of Dresden constructs carbon concrete building

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The Technical University of Dresden, collaborating with German architecture firm Henn, is constructing the world’s first carbon fibre and concrete building

The Technical University of Dresden, in partnership with German architecture firm Henn, is constructing the first building to be made out of concrete and carbon fibre, rather than traditional steel. 

The combination of materials, known as, “carbon concrete” has the same structural strength as its steel-reinforced alternative but less concrete is used, according to researchers at the university. 

The building, called “The Cube” is currently under construction at the University of Dresden’s campus in Germany, and is believed to be the first carbon concrete building in the world. Strengthening the concrete, the carbon fibre yarns are used to create a mesh into which the concrete is then poured.

Unlike steel, the mesh is rust-proof meaning that the lifespan of carbon concrete is longer than that of the more typical steel-reinforced concrete. This also allows the layers to be much thinner than steel. 

The design and shape of The Cube 

According to the companies, the flexibility of carbon fibre allows the walls to fold up and become a roof. In a statement talking about the building’s design elements, Hen said: “The design of The Cube reinterprets the fluid, textile nature of carbon fibres by seamlessly merging the ceiling and walls in a single form, suggesting a future architecture in which environmentally conscious design is paired with formal freedom and a radical rethinking of essential architectural elements.

"The wall and ceiling are no longer separate components but functionally merge into one another as an organic continuum.” Displayed as a showpiece for TU Dresden’s major project, backed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, The Cube aims to explore the potential uses of carbon concrete in construction. 

"Carbon concrete could contribute to more flexible and resource-saving construction processes, and switching to carbon concrete could reduce the CO2 emissions from construction by up to 50%," Henn said in a statement. 

Bio-based carbon fibre under development to reduce carbon footprint

While carbon fibre may be lighter and stronger than steel, it has a much higher carbon footprint. Describing the material’s impact on the environment, Dr Erik Frank, Senior Carbon Scientist at the German Institute of Textile and Fibre Research Denkendorf (DITF), said it is “usually very bad.” To reduce the carbon footprint, Frank is finding ways to make carbon fibre out of lignin, a common plant-based substance found in the paper manufacturing industry. 



 

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