The birth and growth of history's most exciting building material

American Society of Civil Engineers

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1977, Vol. 47, Issue 13, Pg. 55-57

Document Type: Feature article


Not until the early decades of this century did this most revolutionary of all structural materials arrive-prestressed concrete. Developed in Europe, prestressed concrete began its rapid growth in the U.S. following construction of a prestressed bridge in Philadelphia in 1950.

Subject Headings: History | Building materials | Prestressing | Infrastructure construction | Construction materials | Concrete bridges | Concrete structures | Structural concrete | Europe | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

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