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The concrete mix achieved the ultra-low shrinkage requirements, and cast-in-place concreted allowed for complex geometry to be achieved.
All concrete contains 30% fly ash, a by-product of coal-fired power plants. It also contains 20% slag, a waste product from metal smelting. These industrial by-products would otherwise be destined for a landfill. The use of locally extracted aggregates for the concrete mix is a major contributing factor in the quest for a LEED platinum rating.
Museum, concrete, San Francisco, piano
San Francisco, CA, USA
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Piano, Renzo, "California Academy of Sciences" (2008). Building Case Studies. 165.