By Nick Gilbert
Denver, PA-based High Concrete Group has been recognized in the 50th Annual Design Award by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI). The company has been honored for its design of architectural precast concrete walls for military structures.
The 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio won Best Military Structure in the 2012 PCI Design Awards. The 679,000-square-foot complex incorporates precast and thin brick veneer to complement the campus design language
The PCI Design Awards is a highly valued program which recognizes brilliance in design and construction standards in buildings and transportation structures utilizing precast concrete. A judging panel of five experts in the construction industry selected 27 buildings from the 112 competent entries from North America.
The 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio spread over 679,000 sq. ft. and costing 194.5 million dollars is the highlight of the US military’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) construction program and was selected as the best military structure. The project includes two primary buildings accompanied by auxiliary structures of one to four floors each, housing laboratories, offices, medical services and a multitude of extremely technical paraphernalia and is located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at Fairborn, Ohio.
BRAC’s agenda called for completion of military bases in the country, which escalated the rate of completion of the 711th Human Performance Wing, making it fit for occupation by the end of September, 2011.
The Director of the 711th Human Performance Wing, Thomas Wells sent a letter of thanks to the general contractor Archer Western/Brett Construction joint venture of Chicago, III for completing the job well within the allotted time. The collaboration of Archer Western/Brett Construction with High Concrete Group, the structural engineer and structural fabricator of the project, allowed simultaneous off-site fabrication of pre-cast panels and structural steel. The net result was that three primary building components were being built on-site and off-site simultaneously, thus providing a 90-day shortening of the time for job completion.