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Issue 22-10 November 2022

Notes From The Director

We are looking forward to a good turnout at our November 15th PCANY Meetings. We have a full agenda that includes four major proposals to NYSDOT that we believe will significantly improve box culverts, wingwalls, drop inlets, and other products. See below for meeting times and location.

While we strongly encourage in-person attendance, we will have a virtual option for those who cannot attend. We do ask that you let me know in advance if you plan to attend virtually so that we can send you an invitation with the meeting link. This will avoid having to admit those trying to attend.

Also, please consider joining us for an informal dinner at the Barnsider Restaurant on Sand Creek Rd in Albany. This is a great opportunity to socialize as meeting day tends to be more business. See you at the bar at 6pm on Monday 11/14.

Warmest Regards,

Ronald E. Thornton, P.E.
In This Issue
  • Park Avenue Armory, NYC "An Occupation of Loss"

  • Industry News & Events

This Month’s Photo— This 35' tall gravity retaining wall is built entirely of precast modular block units with no geogrid or mechanical tie-backs. Photo by Arrow Concrete Products of Granby, CT (Source LinkedIn) 

Park Avenue Armory, NYC “An Occupation of Loss”

Submitted by Don Raymond of Coastal Pipeline Products
We are continuously amazed at the unique and creative uses of precast concrete that we are able to share with our readers and this one is totally unique. Eleven precast towers (essentially stacked manhole risers), each measuring 45’ tall are used to create a performance art setting that, according to artist Taryn Simon, focuses on “the anatomy of grief and the intricate systems that we devise to contend with the irrationality of the universe”.
The exhibit was on display at the Park Ave Armory from September 13-25 and is now being transported to London where it will be erected at Artangle for 2017.

What started out seemingly as a routine project in the planning phase became increasingly more complicated as details of texture, color, electrical conduits, and even location of form seams had to be worked out to the satisfaction of the artist. Floor loading was also a concern as the total weight of the 11 towers amounted to about 350ton.

Editor's note: This article originally appeared in our October 2016 issue. We thought it was worth showing again.


PCANY Fall 2022 Meetings

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
AGC Conference Room
10 Airline Drive, Albany, NY 12205
Contact: or 607-595-1636
PCANY members will meet at 9:30AM with NYSDOT Materials Bureau and Structures joining us after lunch at 1:30PM
NEPCA Winter Meeting Announced

Wednesday, January 26th, 2023
Renaissance Hotel, Patriot Place
Foxboro, MA 02035

Northeast Precast Concrete Association will host a welcome reception in the evening on Thursday, January 26, 2023 that we hope all participants will attend. Information regarding registration and accommodations is forth coming.

Contact Us

Give us a call for more information about our services and products:

Precast Concrete
Association of NY, Inc.
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Binghamton, NY, 13904
PH (607) 595-1636
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constructible precast concrete products 
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