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SCRA Applied R&D’s Architectural Structures Affiliate Wins Contract to Build Composite Structure

Construct, SCRA Applied R&D’s architectural structures affiliate, today announced that they have won a competitive contract to build a composite structure. Construct will be working with DeMaria, the general contractor that is building the new Taubman Complex for Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan.

Construct will fabricate, deliver and install a 42-foot recycled carbon fiber composite “orb” staircase enclosure. To achieve potential LEED credits for the project, Construct will use at least 10 percent post-industrial recycled carbon fiber content from SCRA portfolio company, MIT-RCF, of Lake City, South Carolina.

“It was important to find a green technology that will not only achieve LEED credits, but will also offer durability and strength to meet the design requirements,” said Mike Les, Project Manager for DeMaria. “We look forward to what this unique project will bring to the building.”

The design architect for the building is the Los Angeles-based architecture firm Morphosis, founded by Thom Mayne, and the architect of record for the project is Kahn of Detroit. The design includes particular specifications for structural strength and aesthetic elements. The structure will be an all-composite, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 285-certified staircase enclosure which is supported from the side and hangs over a reflection pool.

“We are delighted to bring our expertise in composite structures to this exciting project,” said SCRA Vice President and Construct General Manager David Humphries. “The opportunity to offer our unique advanced materials proficiency using recycled carbon fiber will help bring this distinctive design to life and will be a beautiful focal point for the building.”

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