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Virginia Beach Soundwall

Smith-Midland hits 1,000,000 sq. ft. of installed SoftSound

The just completed Princess Anne Road project brings Smith-Midland’s total SoftSound (sound absorptive noise wall) manufactured, delivered and installed to over one million square feet in less than 4 years. Princess Anne Road is a small, but important project. The wall, located along a residential neighborhood in Virginia Beach, VA, was designed and finished to match the brick and mortar of the nearby VA Beach Municipal Center. Construction of the 650-foot long project consisted of 9,000+ square feet of 8’ x 16’ panels with accompanying precast posts.

The success of the Princess Anne Road plus other previous SoftSound jobs has led to winning another SoftSound project in Virginia Beach. Beginning in 2012, SMC will manufacture over 100,000 square feet of SoftSound panels for a 1.5 mile project on the Nimmo Parkway. These panels will be among the first to incorporate the new Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) landscape design motifs. Special form liners have been developed depicting seashore, farmland, mountain and other signature Virginia landscapes. A successful test of the SoftSound aggregate and a new form liner design was completed in early May, 2012 and accepted by VDOT.

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Intercounty Connector

Smith-Midland’s Largest Contract in History Uses New Softsound Product

SMC completed construction of precast concrete Soundwall along a new highway in Montgomery County, Maryland east of MD 97 to west of US 29 (the Intercounty Connector). The MD 200 Constructors project is worth more than $7.8 million making it the largest contract in SMC’s 49 year history.

The project included 607,000 sq. ft. of noise barrier panels on the new Intercounty Connector highway between Rockville and Silver Spring, Maryland. The highway will help reduce traffic on the I-495 Beltway in the D.C. area.

The Soundwall panels will be made with SMC’s newly developed Softsound material, a light-weight sound absorptive concrete with multiple finishes, including random cut stone and fractured granite. By combining special aggregates with cement as a binder in a specific and exacting process, SoftSound creates a material that surpasses any other combination of durability, acoustics, thermal, strength and moldability.

According to Matthew Smith, VP, Sales and Marketing, “SoftSound is our latest technological development, keeping SMC/Easi-Set on the leading edge with new products and applications. We are ready to share this new technology with other precasters worldwide through Easi-Set Industries, our licensing subsidiary.”

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