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Precast Concrete Builder Mario Bertolini, 79, Dies

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Mario J. Bertolini, founder, president and CEO of Centerbrook, Conn.-based Blakeslee Prestress Inc., a major Northeast builder of precast-prestressed concrete structures, died on Feb. 7 in Old Lyme, Conn. He was 79.

Among the firm's numerous projects was the 15,000-seat Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale University in New Haven; it was billed as the world's third-largest open-air stadium when completed, in 1991.

Initially expected to be poured in place, the structure was switched to 1,660 pieces of precast concrete, when its owner feared it would not be finished in time for tournament play.

Bertolini also had been a trustee of two ironworkers' local pension plans in Connecticut as well as chairman and a Fellow of the Prestressed Concrete Institute.


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