MIDLAND, Va. –
Slenderwall lightweight precast panels with integral interior wall framing wall shave construction time and costs while preserving LEED Gold quality.
Midland, VA - Several innovations in sustainable, lean construction techniques have been gaining broad adoption. One of those is a hybrid enclosure system combining lightweight, architectural precast cladding with a highly insulated inner barrier wall of closed-cell foam and metal studs. Replacing the work of four separate trades, this composite product has been credited with reducing project schedules and costs, sometimes by two months or more. Yet it also offers aesthetic flexibility while ensuring proper building envelope function – two key aims of every project team.
A recent example of its use is a new, four-story legal office building and courtroom at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, spearheaded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its client, the U.S. Army Legal Service Agency Administration. Aiming for LEED Gold, the project's design/build team led by architects at Perkins+Will and BCRA Inc. and the contractor Suffolk Construction focused on methods for achieving a high-quality, durable building that could be constructed within a short, 12-month fast-track schedule.
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