Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site




Coatings Industry News

Main News Page

American Concrete Institute Announces Awards

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Comment | More

In mid-October, the American Concrete Institute announced the winners of the 2018 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, with the highest honor going to the Viaduct Over River Almonte in Garrovillas de Alconétar, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain.

According to ACI, this award is given annually to a project that demonstrates excellence in concrete innovation and technology. The Viaduct Over River Almonte stood out due to being the largest railway bridge in Spain, yet remaining delicate in appearance.

Viaduct Over River Almonte

The new high-speed rail line, currently under construction and slated to connect Madrid and the Extremadura, a western Spanish region that borders Portugal, will cross the River Almonte on a 3,270-foot-long long viaduct, a concrete arch bridge with a 1,264-foot-long main span.

The structure’s aerodynamic appearance can largely be attributed to a four-legged arch configuration; 11,603 psi high-performance concrete; an efficient building method, featuring temporary towers and stays; and an innovative monitoring system. The viaduct also lays claim to being the world’s largest concrete arch bridge for high-speed rail service. Designed to respond in an improved manner to the effects of crosswind, the viaduct itself was completed in 2016, with construction originally beginning in 2011. A bespoke barrier forces birds to fly upward and above the overhead mast line.

American Concrete Institute

In mid-October, the American Concrete Institute announced the winners of the 2018 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, with the highest honor going to the Viaduct Over River Almonte in Garrovillas de Alconétar, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain.

Construction work was managed by Adif, the Administration of Railway Infrastructure, a state-owned company that operates under the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, according to Princeton.

Other Awards

In order to be eligible for winning an Excellence in Concrete Construction Award, projects need to be winners at a local ACI chapter level, and then submitted by that chapter, or chosen by one of the Institute’s international partners.

The vetting process involved an expert panel of judges assessing each project based on architectural and engineering merit, creativity, innovative construction techniques and use of materials, ingenuity, sustainability and resilience, and functionality.

According to the ACI, the other awards include:

Decorative Concrete

  • 1st Place: Roofing of the Montpellier-South of France TGV Station in Montpellier, Herault, France.
  • 2nd Place: Water Garden in Santa Monica, California.

High-Rise Buildings

  • 1st Place: Reston Station OB1 Tower in Reston, Virginia.
  • 2nd Place: Nexus Shopping and Business in Setor Marista, Goiânia, GO, Brazil.


  • 1st Place: Viaduct Over River Almonte in Garrovillas de Alconétar, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain.
  • 2nd Place: Viroflay Underground Train Station in Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine, France.

Low-Rise Buildings

  • 1st Place: University of Iowa Visual Arts Building, in Iowa City, Iowa.
  • 2nd Place: Design & Build of South Marina Yacht Club at Lusail in Doha, Qatar.

Mid-Rise Buildings

  • 1st Place: 1200 Intrepid Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 2nd Place: Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Repair & Restoration

  • 1st Place: Provo City Center Temple in Provo, Utah.
  • 2nd Place: Ford Theaters Off Season Improvements Phase 2 & 3 in Hollywood, California.

The winners were announced during the Institute’s Concrete Convention & Exposition on Oct. 15, in Las Vegas. Further details about winning projects can be found at Entries for next year’s Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards are being accepted now through April 2, 2019.


Tagged categories: American Concrete Institute; Awards and honors; Bridges; concrete; Infrastructure; Rail

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Tarps manufacturing, Inc.
QUALITY MADE IN AMERICA —Available near you!
CLICK to get a behind-the-scenes look at how Tarps Manufacturing makes the highest-quality tarps right here in the USA — available nationwide.

SABRE Autonomous Solutions
Imagine having an operator that takes less time to output more work
Once trained, a single operator can easily manage multiple SABRE systems.

Industrial Vacuum Equipment Corp.
Hurricane Vacuums
& Dust Collectors
Vacuum and dust collector hose, filters and related accessories.

Novatek Corporation
Dustless Coatings Removal
Novatek Corporation, Dustless Coatings Removal Strip, clean and profile all dust free! Comply with new lead standards. Contact today: (866) 563-7800

SEMicro Division, M.E. Taylor Engineering, Inc.
Stop Guessing the Classification Rating of Your Cross Hatch Adhesion Testing Results
SEMicro's newly-patented Adhesion Testing Analyzer takes the guesswork out of cross hatch tape adhesion testing standards such as ASTM D3359 and ISO 2409.

HoldTight Solutions Inc.
Clean surfaces simply don’t rust, and no other product cleans like HoldTight®102.
HoldTight®102 is a wet blasting additive that decreases the water’s surface tension, allowing it to get into the profile of the surface and remove ALL contamination, including salts, acids, abrasives, light oils, and greases. HoldTight®102 leaves behind no film and evaporates with the water, providing a surface that is thoroughly clean and ready for coating, rust-free for up to 72 hours.

KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office
KTA-Tator EH&S Services
• Ambient & Worker Exposure Air Monitoring
• Safety & Health Program Development
• Lead Paint Assessments
& Specifications
• Health Hazard & Jobsite Safety Assessments
Call 1-800-532-3633

Blastox/The TDJ Group, Inc.
Blastox® - One Step Lead Abatement
Sandblast additive delivered to jobsite pre-blended to eliminate hazardous abrasive wastes. Why mix, meter or apply at the job-site? Blast with ease and
Let your painters paint!

Premium products for your blasting needs
Ready to use steel grit abrasives developed specially for air blasting applications.

SAFE Systems, Inc.
SAFE Systems'
Blast Lights &
Deadman Switches
Halogen or LED blast lights available with our NEW urethane bumper. Switches available in many colors for color coding your hoses.


Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL

The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About   |   Privacy Policy   |   Terms & Conditions   |   Support   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us