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Shotcrete Corner place shotcrete on vertical walls without forming, restricted areas that are so common in the reha- the flexibility to efficiently transport material to bilitation of old structures. access hard-to-reach areas was of tremendous value. This enabled access to congested and Fig 5: Nozzleman and cutdown man working together to complete upper areas of the eastern wall Fig. 2: Due to restricted access and nothing above to suspend cables from, outriggers were Acknowledgements used to hang swing stages for the shotcrete rehabilitation work General Contractor Mascaro Construction Project Manager Michael Renna Project Superintendent Mark Belmar Shotcrete Contractor Sofis Company, Inc. ASA Certified Nozzleman Rob Svihla Material Supplier Quikrete Companies Fig. 3: Shotcrete is placed with Pittsburgh Repair Mortar landmarks the Gulf Tower and Koppers Shotcrete MS Building in the background Sales Representative Dennis Bittner Ted Sofis and his brother, William J. Sofis Jr., are the Principal Owners of Sofis Company, Inc. After graduating from Muskingum College, New Concord, OH, with his BA in 1975, Ted began working full time as a shotcrete nozzleman and operator servicing the steel industry. He began managing Sofis Company, Inc., in 1984 and has over 40 years of experience in the shotcrete industry. He is Chair of the ASA Publications Committee, a member of multiple other ASA committees, and an ACI Examiner. Over the years, Sofis Company, Inc., has been involved in bridge, dam, and slope projects using Fig. 4: Nozzleman on suspended swing stage, shotcrete and refractory installations in power plants and steel mills. Sofis turning to his side, to get enough distance from Company, Inc., is a member of the Pittsburgh Section of the American Society the wall to get a good spray pattern of Highway Engineers (ASHE) and ASA. Shotcrete • Fall 2015 51


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