Properties Magazine May 2017 : Page 17

ADAPTABLE ARRANGEMENT Adjacent to the testing facility is a 30-foot by 20-foot conference room with flexible seating and a pair of wall-mounted video monitors, plus a partition wall which can be used to divide the space as needed. “The ICFs are big foam blocks that are 16 inches tall and four feet long, incor-porating two pieces of Styrofoam that are held together with plastic webbing and stacked together like Lego bricks,” he says. “You form out the windows with wood and then pump concrete into the center. That forms your concrete wall, which then becomes your structure. So the exterior walls and one primary inte-rior wall of STEMCO’s facility are all concrete with foam on both sides. It’s very efficient and very speedy construc-tion, which essentially requires no lead time. You just order the blocks and start forming right away.” The facility’s formwork was up and topped out during the winter of 2015/2016, followed by installation of a metal joist deck roof. “It was a fast process,” Jarzenski says. “From the time we got our building permit to the time they needed to occupy, it was about six and a half months.” is accented by a blue metal canopy and tile pillars. “[A key to constructing the facility] was selection of economical materials that could be assembled quickly, while also producing a comfortable envi-ronment – not just for employees but clients and prospective customers too,” Jarzenski says. That approach is clear just steps within the building’s entry vestibule as visitors are greeted by a reception desk, P R O U D S T R U C T U R A L E N G I N E E R S F O R S T E M C O A I R S P R I N G S R & D C E N T E R Flow + functionality The completed, 20,000-square-foot, one-story building is clad with cor-rugated metal and brick. Drawing attention to the front door, the entry 2 1 6 . 2 6 7 . 5 4 0 0 w w w . s i x m o a e . c o m 17

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