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Block walls can now be built to meet the Model Energy Code without insulation or furring on the inside or outside faces. Integra Walls are a post tensioned foam filled masonry wall system that can be left exposed. The block can be cmu, slump, or split face. We recently completed a residence using colored slump block. Here's a picture of the foam that is inside the wall. The link for Integra walls is Integrawall.com
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Belgard has a new segmental retaining wall block available here in Tucson. Its called "Anchor Diamond 9D". Manufactured locally by Young Block. More of a residential look, 6" tall, 18" long, 2 different colors available:
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Check out this video of a bricklaying robot.  I did the math,  SAM is laying about 2000 bricks per day with help from his support staff.  #robotics  
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Runde Company recently replaced an old existing asphalt driveway with new concrete.  Then the folks at Al Fresco Landscaping and Concrete Art took over to make the plain concrete a work of art.  They scored a ribbon all around the edges and scored the driveway at 4' oc each way.  Notice the multi-colors.  Their websites are: www.alfrescolandscaping.comwww.concreteart.net
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Recent changes in our government's FAR's (federal acquisition regulations) now require that workers on federally funded construction sites (Davis Monthan Air Force Base, VA Hospital)  have a minimum of 10 hours of OSHA training.  Runde Company recently had 5 workers complete this training.  Training and testing was completed over 2 days of 5 hours each.

Some jobs require the project superintendent to have 30 hours of OSHA training. 
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Runde Company recently completed a large stamped concrete slab at Davis Monthan AFB for the Army Corps of Engineers.  The specs were quite tough to meet but we completed the job with no problems.  The stamp used was a 12" square slate tile look.


*  100% compaction on the subgrade, 95% compaction is standard
*  7" thick slab w/ #4 rebar at 12" oc each way
*  3/4" thick expansion joints caulked and sealed
*  3/4" smooth dowels painted and greased at all expansion joints
*  4000 PSI concrete w/ air entrainment,  4" slump
*  12" wide smooth shiner bands for decoration
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Runde Company recently completed a stone fireplace veneer. The customer wanted a real "distressed wooden mantle".  These are very hard to find if you want the right size for your fireplace.  They also can be very expensive. The folks at Arizona Stone have a manufactured mantle that looks very real.  They can be found at www.arizonastone.com . They have a showroom set up for viewing.
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The owner of a slab that we recently poured showed up with 4 large boxes of multicolored marbles. She randomly spread the marbles by hand into the pour.  We worked them flush with the surface. One week later the builder hired a slab grinder to grind just far enough to expose the aggregates and marbles. In this picture we can see a white marble but the slab has many blues, reds, yellows, etc.  This will be their finish floor, no carpet, tile or concrete stain necessary. Only a clear sealer.
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With the slight improvement in the economy the housing market is finally turning.  Runde Company has completed many post tensioned slabs.  They can range from simple single elevation slab to complex with different slab elevations and curves.
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Runde Company recently completed work on a columbarium for the Lutheran Church of the Foothills. Scoggin Contracting was the GC. The work consisted of a colored exposed aggregate slab with colored split face walls.  The cap was a 10" wide colored rowlock split face that created a projection on both sides of the wall.  The cactus in the foreground is a small water feature.  Each of the columbarium areas will hold 49 granite plaques. There is future room for more plaques as the need arises.  The walls were built around the large existing trees creating a very peaceful and shady area.
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