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Latitude Apartments

Luxury Apartment Complex at the Height of Sophistication

Latitude Apartments is a 12-story, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly luxury apartment community situated directly across from the Virginia Square Metro in Arlington, Virginia.

Located within the bustling Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, the sophisticated property features 265 market-rate apartments, 14 affordable units, and four stories of below-grade-parking, with multiple bus stops, and frequented Arlington establishments, in a coveted, trending neighborhood.

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The building is comprised of 3,011 square feet of leasable retail space and 2,675 square feet of cultural and educational use space on the ground floor.

This Davis Carter Scott design built for Greystar Apartment Communities features a sophisticated look and an extensive library of amenities, including a rooftop plaza – complete with fireplace, grills, movie wall, and bocce court – fitness center, dog wash room, and 12th floor party room.

Smith Midland Corporation (SMC), manufactured and erected approximately 70,000 sq. ft. of acid-wash finished architectural finished precast panels (746) for the two residential towers for builder CBG Building Company. SMC installed these panels using two contractor provided tower cranes, and the assist crane required to turn panels being shipped horizontal on truck to its vertical erected position.

Wind conditions were significant during the installation of this project, especially for using a tower crane. The shipping and installing of panels began in the winter season, and winter weather and high wind conditions for the tower cranes were problematic and resulted in the majority of the early installation being lost due to weather.

This project was a medium difficulty manufacturing project, due to the design team’s request to have the corner column covers as one unit (no miter corners). This created large “L” shaped panels that had to be braced up to the point of being set on the building. Engineering and design was medium difficulty as well, due to the project having sloping columns. As a result, Smith Midland had to design complex connections for the precast at the roof top pavilion area.

The shipping and installation was more of a medium/heavy difficulty due to a few factors. First, the project was located downtown in a residential district, which limited street access and time/days of work. Second, due to the size of the required jointing, much of the precast had to be temporarily braced until the next level of precast was set. And additionally, understructure work was required at the balconies. As a result, Smith Midland had to walk in precast under the slab without the use of the crane with minimum headroom.

The contractor had experienced significant delays bringing the structure up to grade due to weather conditions. The CIP schedule was changed to pour a specific number of days on one tower and then jump to the next tower. In an effort to assist the project, Smith Midland agreed to provide an erection sequence that closely matched the concrete pours. Like a choreographed dance, the Smith Midland crew and equipment would jump from one tower to the other following the progress of the CIP work.

The challenges were that the CIP work experienced weather delays that precast did not. The owner provided access to a staging lot close by where Smith Midland kept stocked of product for both towers. This helped the CIP work remain on schedule and allowed Smith Midland to adjust which tower it was working on.

Smith Midland’s goal was to get product up as close to the CIP work as possible, due to the cost of the contractor carrying the cost of two tower cranes. Smith Midland was able to maintain a schedule that met the requested removal date of each of these two cranes, despite these conditions that worked against them. The project was completed on time.

In a record eight-day construction phase review time, Latitude earned LEED® Gold certification and features a variety of sustainable design aspects, including EnergyStar® appliances, closed-cell spray foam exterior wall insulation, extensive green roofs, a solar reflective ballast roof, and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) HVAC technology within apartment units.

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Virginia Tech Basketball Center

VA Tech Basketball Facility Project Receives Prestigious Awards

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.”

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M Square Research Park

ACI Recognizes SMC for University of Maryland Project

The National Capital Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) recently honored SMC as a winner in their 2011 concrete awards competition. SMC was recognized for their involvement in the construction of the M Square II Office building located within the University of Maryland’s 124-acre M Square Research Park in College Park. The client was the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.

Smith-Midland provided 38,000 square feet (333 individual panels) of architectural precast panels for the M Square II building, which were finishes with a combination of two architectural concrete mixes: buff-colored precast with a light acid-wash finish, and a cocoa brown-colored mix with a medium acid-wash finish. The color was chosen to match the existing M Square I building, which Smith-Midland provided the panels for two years ago.

Matthew Smith, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for SMC, said “This was a wonderful opportunity to be involved in a project that will ultimately contribute to the long-term growth of the College Park community.”

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Fort Belvoir Exchange

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Massive Fort Belvoir Exchange/PX Building is complete

Smith-Midland is pleased to announce the completion of the new Exchange/PX at Fort Belvoir, a United States Army Post, located in Fort Belvoir, VA. The new building is owned by the Army Air Force Exchange Services, (AAFES), and is a facility consisting of approximately 250,000 square feet. The building was designed by MWW Architecture and built by Walbridge Aldinger Construction.

The Exchange/PX was a design/build project, which Smith-Midland supplied approximately 80,133 square feet of Architectural Thin Brick Precast Panels consisting of thin brick from Taylor Clay Products and simulated gray stonework. The completion of the new Exchange/PX was the third major building completed by Smith-Midland on the Fort Belvoir Post in the past two years.

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