The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contracted precast concrete manufacturer Smith-Midland Corp., to complete a time-sensitive, 750-panel restroom project.
Smith-Midland Corp., has completed a restroom project at Wappapello Lake that truly showcases the beauty and adaptability of precast concrete. The $865,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project in Wappapello, Mo., encompassed 750 architectural precast panels, multi-colored fieldstone, and batten board siding.
Nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains on the St. Francis River in Southeast Missouri, Wappapello Lake offers activities for all walks of life. Completed in 1941, Wappapello Lake annually provides an estimated $3.9 million in flood protection to agricultural lands and developed areas along the St. Francis River.
The Wappapello Lake restroom project was fairly routine for Smith-Midland with one exception: all 15 restroom buildings had to be finished within 60 days or less due to the looming Labor Day holiday. “It was a pretty tight timeframe for the number of pieces and structural intricacies involved,” said Scott Fiore, the Smith-Midland sales associate who initiated and managed the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) contract.
Up to the challenge, Smith-Midland developed five different floor plans and then began making the 750 24-foot by 20-foot precast panels in accordance with the project owners’ custom exterior finish requests. Fiore said Smith-Midland was selected for the Wappapello Lake project based on the company’s 50-year reputation in the precast business, commitment to quality, and reasonable pricing. “We have experience with these types of buildings,” Fiore added, “so the project owners knew that they were going to get exactly what they asked for.”
Sequoia Britton, Smith-Midland’s buildings installation manager, said the panels were installed by a local general contractor who was able to accommodate the short completion schedule laid out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Part of the challenge, said Britton, involved transporting the huge precast pieces from Virginia to Missouri. “There were a lot of unknowns and possible roadblocks that could have come up during the trip,” remarked Britton. “To make sure there were no kinks, we put a lot of time and effort into the scheduling and transportation arrangements.”
Once onsite at Wappapello Lake, the 750 precast panels were installed in three phases with most of the heavy rigging and lifting managed by a local crane operator. “One of our foremen and I went to the jobsite and oversaw the entire process,” said Britton. “Everything went very smoothly and the customer is pleased with the results.”
Their choice of SlenderWall® from Smith-Midland Precast plays an important role in the successful reconstruction of a critical 1970’s medical facility. Announced on April 16th, 2015, The Nelson/Harvey Building has been recognized as an ACI Excellence award winner.
SlenderWall architectural precast concrete panel system has been chosen 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 28 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 the 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, as well as continuous insulation adding significantly to the enclosure’s thermal performance.
The project will be certified under Baltimore City’s Green Stars program, at the level equivalent to LEED Silver. This is the first healthcare project to seek certification under this program.
In March 2013, SMC began delivery to the contractor, Whiting-Turner. Completion of the cladding portion of the project concluded in June. The short schedule showcased the benefits of SLENDERWALL in reduced times and costs for production, shipping and installation, as well as decreasing the need for some onsite trades.
Smith-Midland’s creative work on the Hahn Hurst Basketball Practice Center at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. was recognized by both the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI). Smith-Midland delivered 538 precast concrete panels to complete the $20 million facility, which is home to the Virginia Tech Hokies men’s and women’s basketball programs. The facility was completed in January 2009. SMC’s client in this project was the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.
The NPCA awarded SMC with a 2011 Creative Use of Precast (CUP) Award, which recognizes projects that highlight the innovative and cost-saving advantages of precast concrete.
The PCI named SMC a winner in the 2010 design awards program in the category of best stadiums, arenas and sports facilities. The Virginia Tech project was selected as one of 30 winners out of 140 entries.
“We’re very proud of these achievements, and are pleased to be recognized for the extra effort and attention we put into the design and customization of the concrete panels used on this project,” SMC President and COO Ashley Smith said.
“A unique aspect of this project was the imprinting of logos and basketballs into the concrete panels. Our staff worked diligently to create custom wooden forms that allowed for this unique precast creation.”
SoftSound, Smith-Midland’s absorptive sound wall product is being applied to precast sound panels manufactured as part of the new Washington, DC to Dulles International Airport Metro Rail commuter system expansion. During Phase 1 of this multi-year Virginia DOT project, 2191 panels (277,000 sq. ft.) of sound wall are being installed along a section of the Dulles Commuter Road from Route 123 to Interstate 66 in Fairfax County. The superior absorptive qualities of SoftSound will play an integral part in protecting the adjacent residential neighborhoods from the noise of both the highway traffic and the newly constructed Metro Rail line that will run down the center median. SMC will be delivering up to 4,000 sq. ft. per day, completing Phase 1 installation in early 2015.
The Virginia Department of Transportation and contractor Vecellio & Grogan undertook a 2 year, 37.2 million dollar project to widen Interstate 64 from four lanes to six lanes eastbound from Route 623 to Route 271 (Pouncey Tract Road) and westbound from Route 271 (Pouncey Tract Road) to Route 622. The additional through lanes will be constructed to the inside of existing I-64 in both directions. The 4.52 mile project is located in both Henrico and Goochland counties. The several miles of free-standing NCHRP-350 J-J Hooks safety barrier owned by the contractor, was manufactured by Smith-Midland.
SMC and CSS recently provided security barrier for the NATO Summit in Chicago, IL; the DNC (Democratic National Convention) in Tampa, FL; the RNC (Republican National Convention) in Charlotte, NC; and the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.
SMC was contracted by Showcall, Inc. because of our experience and expertise in concrete barrier security projects.
Teams of 7-15 people were dispatched to Chicago, Tampa, and Charlotte to manage projects whereby we rented barrier from local sources. Thirty-two SMC/CSS associates provided the supervision and labor to install over 19,000 ft. and 177 truckloads of J-J Hooks barrier.
This was SMC’s 9th consecutive inauguration in which we supplied security barrier.