• December 21, 2017
    It Rains Every Night
    In roofing they say "It rains every night," which means at the end of the day the entire roof must be completely water tight. Commercial roofs vary greatly in terms of materials, slopes, and protrusions that must be worked around. The Maple Grove Elementary project is an example of the way designers and builders worked together to solve a ponding challenge that required a significant amount of slope to drain properly.
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  • December 7, 2017
    ACH Foam Technologies Solves the Water Absorption Equation
    ACH Foam Technologies proudly announces Foam-Control® PLUS+®’s water absorption max volume results of 0.3% in laboratory testing proves that molded polystyrene insulation resists moisture absorption as well, or better than other rigid foam insulations on the market. Even more important is molded polystyrene’s ability to quickly dry after wetting conditions which results in R-value retention over the life of the building. 
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  • December 1, 2017
    Material Difference
    The US 67 bridge over SH 174 outside of Cleburn,TX was settling due to deteriorating embankments at either end. TxDOT had already attempted to rehabilitate the embankments using traditional soil stabilization methods but moisture issues and settlement continued. Ed Bell Construction was tasked with rehabilitating the bridge and embankments by using two different alternative structural fills; geofoam and lightweight aggregate.

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  • July 12, 2017
    Building A Legacy
    Hidden Peak at 11,000 feet is where Richard “Dick” Bass envisioned The Summit, a high-altitude guest services center and mountain restaurant located at the Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, Utah.  During the first season of construction, excavation for the new foundation stretched across the site to the tram structure’s existing foundation wall on the edge of the mountain. Built some 43 years earlier...
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  • June 26, 2017
    Old School Construction, New School Materials
    Thinking beyond initial costs, Calacci Construction was interested in building strategies that would help reduce operating expenses during Iowa’s hot summers and cold winters.  The Calacci Construction building maintains a steady 57 or 58 degrees, circulating cooler air in summer and warmer air in winter. Along with a heat pump, the new building also benefits from a high performance thermal envelope...
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  • April 3, 2017
    Foam-Control MAX™, The Next Generation Insulation Powered by Graphite
    ACH Foam Technologies announces Foam-Control MAX™ graphite polystyrene (GPS), a superior rigid foam insulation that is well-suited to any vertical construction application where a high-performance building envelop is desired. Foam-Control MAX™ is a premium-grade architectural insulation developed to achieve an R5 (R-Value) at 1 1/16th inches thick without the decrease in R-value performance.....

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  • March 6, 2017
    Keeping People Moving
    The complexities of the built environment are many and ever changing, continually challenging the limits of civil engineering and construction.The biggest issue on the Brigham City Bridge project was the natural geological conditions surrounding the site. The scope of work was to widen an existing highway overpass and improve the associated interchanges where I-15 and US 91 intersect to relieve traffic congestion...
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  • February 10, 2017
    The First Time: Roadway Contractor Uses Lightweight EPS Geofoam for a Smooth First Experience
    A roadway improvement project in Willowbrook, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago where State Highway 83 crosses 63rd street in a mostly commercial intersection bordered by a golf course on the northeast side.  The scope of work was to replace a box culvert crossing beneath 63rd street that was used to move water runoff from the golf course to a small pond on the south side of the road.  
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  • January 13, 2017
    New DuraTherm PLUS+ ISTA-Validated Shippers Offers Solutions for Temperature-Sensitive Payloads
    ACH Foam Technologies announces DuraTherm PLUS+™, an advanced cold chain shipping solution that assures payload temperatures remain between 2⁰ to 8⁰ Celsius for a 24-hour delivery window. Validated to ISTA 7D standards, DuraTherm PLUS+™ is available in summer and winter profiles to accommodate off-the-shelf seasonal packout solutions for pharmaceuticals and other products...
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  • November 4, 2016
    Value Beyond Building – Precast Performs
    Savvy building contractors know the true value of a building product must consider a combination of the purchase price, the installation cost, and the possible long-term operational savings the product provides to the owner during its lifecycle.  At Enterprise Precast Concrete of Texas, Operations Manager, Scott Davis is certain that a high-performance building envelope is one of the wisest investments that can... 
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