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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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