• 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 designers knew the tram’s foundation represented a possible vulnerability. Backfilling with the excavated soil would potentially expose the foundation’s walls to lateral pressures caused by natural soil resettling after construction. A structural barrier was developed between the foundation and the mountain by filling the void with EPS Geofoam blocks.
  • 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, which helps maintain constant temperatures despite external conditions.  To meet the new UBC Building code walls have to have a complete thermal break, requiring the use of masonry cavity insulation. ACH Foam Technologies was chosen for several reasons.  Proximity to the project was only about 30 miles, but most importantly the products were available in a wide range of thicknesses, which helped fill in around complex architectural detailing.
  • 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 associated with XPS over the life of the product.

  • 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. Offering only a single lane in each direction, traffic was frequently backing up and the interchange was identified as a place where UDOT was not keeping Utah moving.

    Initially during design the plan was to put two additional lanes on a second structure adjacent to the first; however, calculations on both settlement and global stability indicated that the weight of a traditional embankment built with soil for the second bridge would adversely impact the original bridge and we had to look for other options.  Lead engineering firm, Michael Baker International, suggested using EPS geofoam as an embankment fill to reduce load settlement and decrease the driving force in the stability calculations.
  • 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.  

    With water draining from the golf course to the pond, the soil along the southeast side of 63rd street had been settling for a long time. The result was a swampy area dividing the road from the pond and stabilizing the roadway base would require new fill material. Anselmo Presisto, P.E., the project manager with Greco Construction was a bit surprised to see a line item for a product he’d never used before. Foam-Control® expanded polystyrene (EPS) geofoam was specified as a structural fill to stabilize the area between the pond and the road. 
  • 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 with acute temperature sensitivity.
  • 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 be made on any commercial construction project regardless of client or purpose. 

    ACH Foam Technologies is currently supplying Enterprise with a steady stream of Foam-Control® 130 product for CarbonCast® panels going into a new $1 billion data center for a well-known technology company building out more than 250,000 square feet of new space in Fort Worth, Texas. With operations and production responsibilities, Davis appreciates ACH Foam Technologies’ willingness to organize and develop detailed product numbering systems for each order to Enterprise’s specifications. 
  • July 5, 2016
    A Well-Oiled Machine: Uline Targets Efficiency and Performance to Exceed Expectations
    Completed in January of 2016, Uline's new 1,000,000 sf facility known as W2 is a state-of-the-art distribution center that is the best organized of all of Uline’s facilities.  Since building on past experience is key to efficiency in so many ways, W2 is largely a duplicate of its predecessor W1, including many important design and construction material decisions.

    One key decision on such a large, open floor plan facility was thermal insulation to guard against Wisconsin’s dramatic annual temperature swings.  With summer temperatures reaching into the 90’s and as low minus 40 in the winter, cost-effectively maintaining Uline’s desired working conditions in such a large building relies on premium quality insulation. 
  • April 26, 2016
    Memories to Last a Lifetime
    Nearly 50 years since it was built, the Kansas State University Memorial Stadium was overdue for revitalization. On both the east and west side of the stadium an interesting challenge was faced during early design discussions: what to do with the concrete risers above the revitalized structures.  The architecture team at Gould Evans turned to an innovative commercial building product, ACH Foam Technologies’ Foam-Control® EPS Geofoam. 
  • April 5, 2016
    ACH Geofoam Protects a Warehouse in Wisconsin from the Earth and the Sky
    How to cost-efffectively nestle a building into a hillside was a problem facing Peter Sherrer, owner of PSG, a Wisconsin based firm specializing in real estate and construction.  The building in questions was a new 55,000 squre foot office and distribution center for Wisconsin Vision Associated of Burlington.  Early design investigations into different structural engineering systems suggested the possibility of using Foam-Control® EPS Geofoam.
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