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SlenderWall: Building American Influence

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In 2010, two years after the ‘Great Recession’, with real estate values crawling out from the crater of economic implosion, housing values crashing, families across the country sought new a place to call home. In the fallout, a tide of demand flooded the rental market, saturating occupancy and spiking rental rates. Americans who had lost their houses, now struggled to find and afford rental homes.

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Smith-Midland Corporation Earns 1st Place in Two National Competitions

SMC-CUP-Award-2014INDIANAPOLIS – Smith-Midland Corporation of Midland, Va. earned first place honors in the annual Creative Use of Precast (CUP) Awards competition and the Sustainability Awards competition, both sponsored by the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA). The awards were presented to the company at The Precast Show 2014 on February 13 in Houston.

Smith-Midland’s first place CUP Award was earned for work on The Alexander, a 9-story apartment complex in Edgewater, N.J. Tasked with replicating the architecture of New York City’s Park Avenue circa 1945, the company manufactured precast concrete wall cladding with historical details such as cornices, reveals and bull noses. Each of the panels for the building was manufactured with a buff color and acid etched finish. The project featured 1,024 LEED-friendly exterior panels, combining Easi-Set® Worldwide, licensed proprietary SLENDERWALL® precast concrete and steel-stud building panels with traditional architectural precast totaling nearly 100,000 sq ft. Thanks to the design of the panels, the building facade will remain virtually maintenance free for many years to come.

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ETS SlenderWall project wins PCI award

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Best Multi-Family Housing:
ETS Student Housing (phase IV) in Montréal, Quebec

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Schedule is always a top concern on construction projects, but it was particularly important for the team designing and constructing the ETS Student Housing for an engineering university in Montréal, QC, Canada, in 2012. "The completion date in August had to be respected as the building was fully rented to students for the beginning of their school year," says Serge Jacques, principal architect for Régis Côté et Associés.

To meet the deadline, as well as cost and durability goals, the firm chose a precast concrete panel system, SlenderWall. The composite precast concrete panels are 2 in.-thick (50 mm) architectural concrete on a galvanized steel stud frame, which translates into thinner and lighter panels.

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Johns Hopkins chooses Slenderwall

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Midland, VA - Smith-Midland Corporation (SMC) (OTC BB: SMID) is pleased to supply its SLENDERWALL® architectural precast concrete panel system as the exterior cladding for the renovation of the 9-story Nelson/Harvey inpatient facility on the Johns Hopkins Medicine Baltimore Campus.

After decades of wear the hand-laid brick envelope of the facility began failing. The architectural firms Wilmot Sanz and Ayers Saint Gross needed a solution that met two criteria: one, that is was lightweight enough to prevent any need for additional superstructure or foundation costs; and two, that the facility would be able to stay operational during the exterior renovation. SLENDERWALL met both requirements. Its 30 lbs. per square foot specification and unique composite construction will allow for the re-cladding to take place without the removal of the old fascia. The 158 SLENDERWALL panels (27,164 sq. ft.) are designed with a factory-applied Endicott brick facing, keeping in continuity with the campus and the original 1970's exterior. Johns Hopkins also chose to include factory-applied closed-cell foam insulation and Smith-Midland's proprietary H2Out advanced sealant system with leak detection. The addition of these options will provide not only savings in time and onsite trades, but insurance against future air and water infiltrations.

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Lean, Green and Visually Clean: U.S. Army Command Headquarters, Fort Belvoir, Virginia

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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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Slenderwall Is Selected For The Alexander on the Hudson

MIDLAND, Va. –

Smith-Midland Corporation (SMC) is pleased to supply its SLENDERWALL® architectural precast concrete panel system as the exterior cladding for a Daibes Enterprises project, The Alexander located on the Hudson River in Edgewater, New Jersey.  This unique 290-unit nine story apartment building is designed to replicate the architecture of New York City’s 1940-1950’s era Park Avenue.

The contract awarded to SMC is valued at more than $4 million dollars and features 1,024 LEED friendly exterior panels combining SLENDERWALL® and traditional architectural precast totaling approximately 99,579 square feet.  The panels will be a buff color with an acid etched finish and historical details such as cornices, reveals, and bull noses. 

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33,338 sq. ft. of Slenderwall installed in just 14 days!

MIDLAND, Va. – Ft. Belvoir, VA - The U.S. Army Legal Service Agency Administrative Offices project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was designed to accommodate a 4-story administration building, as well as a 2-story adjacent Courtroom Building. The project incorporated 33,388 sq.ft. of the Slenderwall® Architectural Precast Wall System. The facility was designed to be a multi-story command headquarters building that includes upgraded interior finishes, and to achieve a minimum of LEED Silver Certification and hopefully LEED Gold Certification.

The building faced a rapid construction schedule less than 12 months from Notice of Award to actual occupancy of the building by the Army.

Given the programmatic requirements of the facility and the intent of having a 50-year minimum lifespan, a primary concrete structure was selected for the administration block while the smaller court wing was developed as a steel-framed structure with sprayed-on fire proofing.

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SMC Awarded 2009 ACI Concrete Award for Jefferson at Inigo's Crossing Project

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MIDLAND, Va. – Officials at Smith-Midland Corporation were recently the recipients of the 2009 ACI Concrete Award in the category of Concrete Buildings/Special for their Jefferson at Inigo's Crossing project. The 10-story, 274-unit Jefferson at Inigo's Crossing, located at 5405 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville, MD, was built with Smith-Midland's SlenderWall Architectural Precast Concrete Panel System. The Concrete Awards Program is an annual competition through the National Capital Chapter of the American Concrete Institute. The judging is based primarily on creative, innovative, aesthetic and imaginative use of concrete. Winners will be recognized at the Awards Banquet May 12th at Maggiano's Tysons Galleria, Washington, D.C. The award was accepted by Matthew Smith, VP Sales & Marketing

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SlenderWall Involved in Construction of NAIOP Award Winning Dulles Station

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MIDLAND, Va. – Smith-Midland Corporation Announces its involvement in the construction of the NAIOP Award Winning Dulles Station Office Building in Herndon,Virginia. Phase I of the Dulles Station Office Building West was recently awarded the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) 2007 Award of Excellence in the Best Building Category for Mid-Rise (4 – 7 stories).  NAIOP awards recognize significant new contributions to Northern Virginia by the commercial and industrial real estate community at a black-tie gala held in November 2007.

The Dulles Station Office Building project includes 41,480 square feet of traditional architectural precast panels.  Finished in spring of 2007, the contract’s valued at $1,095,000.

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SlenderWall: A New Model for Growth

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Smith-Midland’s SlenderWall cladding product lives at the intersection of quality and efficiency. It represents quality, because of its strength, durability, and beautiful aesthetic. It also brings design innovation unmatched in the industry – for example by including factory installed insulation and interior stud walls into the pre-fabricated panels. And it represents efficiency, because the prefabrication enables offsite builds and simplifies onsite assembly. Projects that were manual, tedious and labor-intensive become efficient with SlenderWall – they even enable consolidation of tradesmen, lowering construction expense. The serendipity of SlenderWall’s benefits is no coincidence – it follows a school of thought leadership grounded in operational efficiency and American process innovation.

By making an inefficient business efficient, SlenderWall enables new construction paradigms. Such an approach has worked, famously in other venues. One example is Ray Kroc’s inspired efficiency as a business model for McDonalds. Their centralized distribution to locations everywhere is not unlike Smith-Midland’s Virginia precast plant, where ready-made SlenderWall panels deploy ready to assemble a new generation of great architectural design.

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SlenderWall System Can Contribute 14 Points to LEED Certification

MIDLAND, Va. – Smith-Midland Corporation (SMC) announced today that the SlenderWall  system meets LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Standards, providing a contribution of up to 14 points toward LEED Certification.  The SlenderWallsystem was reviewed by the Construction Testing Laboratory (CTL), an independent testing lab.  CTL rendered an opinion regarding SlenderWall’S contribution toward LEED’s Certification for the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) strict criteria designed to promote sustainable buildings for the conservation of energy and resources and the protection of the environment.  The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

According to the CTL report, LEED’s points are awarded for environmentally friendly actions taken during design, construction and use phases of a building project.  If designed and built according to accepted principles of energy conservation and environmental protection, SlenderWallcan be used to contribute on up to 14 points in the version 2.2 of LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations.  “This recognition underscores Smith-Midland’s commitment to environmental stewardship, which is a critical part of our company’s vision,” said Ashley Smith, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for SMC.  “This achievement is only the beginning as we continue to make design enhancements to the SlenderWallsystem to contribute on additional LEED credits.”

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SlenderWall Included in Construction of NAIOP Award Winning Westfield Office Park

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MIDLAND, Va. – Smith-Midland Corporation, the manufacturer of the SlenderWall architectural precast concrete panel system, announces its involvement in the construction of Northridge at Westfield Office Park, awarded the 2007 National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Award of Merit for the Best Speculative Building R & D for Phase I of the project.   NAIOP awards recognize significant new contributions to Northern Virginia by the commercial and industrial real estate community at a black-tie gala held in November 2007.

Smith-Midland was chosen to fabricate and install traditional architectural precast concrete panels as well as the SlenderWall  panels for the construction for the three Northridge at Westfield office buildings located in Fairfax, Virginia.  The Northridge contract was worth over $1.7 million.

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