Merkle Headquarters Building to Feature SMC Precast Concrete Panels

May 14, 2007 | Architectural Products

MIDLAND, Va. – Smith-Midland Corp. Announces its involvement in the construction of the Merkle office building in Columbia, Md.

The component of the contract awarded to Smith-Midland Corp. is valued at more than $1.3 million and features 386 traditional, heavy architectural precast panels with 36,377 square feet of panel area.

The 120,000 square foot precast and glass office building, to be located in the Columbia Gateway Park, will be five stories tall and will house the corporate headquarters for Merkle, a database marketing agency.  The building, designed by Design Collective, Inc., of Baltimore, features a number of unique features.

“At the front and back corners of the building, they have designed a setback where the windows and precast return back into the face of the building, creating deep shadow boxes,” said Ashley Smith, Smith-Midland Corp. vice president for sales and marketing.  “The second unique design feature is two larger setbacks, featuring precast panels that have a contrasting color to the precast on the balance of the building.  These setbacks help to create visual contrast and interest.”

Because the company relies heavily on data and communications, the design incorporates a precast screen wall to protect vital mechanical and electrical services.  Adjacent to the screened area, the company has planned a protected, tree-shaded outdoor gathering area featuring precast concrete benches and bars used for seating and serving food during company functions.

The precast concrete panels being used in the project, which will be produced at the company’s Midland, Va., plant this summer, are a light gray color with a medium acid wash finish and dark gray accents.  Panel installation is scheduled to begin at the end of October and be completed in early December.

Smith says his company’s unlimited consulting services provided planning process, including cost estimates, panel color and texture selection and constructability assistance, made them an integral part of the design team.

Smith-Midland Corporation is a publicly traded company (OTC BB:  SMID, SMIWC; Boston Stock Exchange:  SMM, SMM/W). Smith-Midland develops, manufactures and sells a broad array of precast concrete products for use primarily in the construction, transportation and utilities Industries. Smith-Midland has two manufacturing facilities located in Midland, Va., and  Reidsville, N.C.  Easi-Set Industries, a wholly owned subsidiary of Smith-Midland  Corporation, licenses the production of Smith-Midland developed products around the world. For more information please call (540) 439-3266 or visit

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