Royal Concrete Concepts Casts Generational Bridge
- Published: Monday, 01 June 2009 08:00
- Written by CP Staff
A precast wall and modular building system supplied by Royal Concrete Concepts, Inc. (RCC) will perform the unlikely function of a bridge in Belle Glade, Fla. The West Palm Beach producer's hurricane-resistant precast system will be used for the Quiet Waters Assisted Living Facility and a new Lake Shore Annex Transition School campus Û adjacent projects bridging generations in the community.
The 70,000-sq.-ft. Quiet Waters Assisted Living Facility, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored project, is scheduled to open in June. It will comprise 93 single-occupancy apartments for economically disadvantaged adults, including veterans, the elderly and homeless, as well as adults suffering from physical and mental illnesses. The apartments are linked to a 12,000-plus-sq.-ft. community service center intended as a venue for Belle Glade area organizations.
Next door, the Lake Shore Annex Transitional School project involves construction of an entire facility using RCC's integrated wall, floor and roof system, providing a textbook example of the producer's precast technology, company officials note. It will serve nearly 100 boys and girls in grades six through 12, offering an educational haven for students from a variety of backgrounds.
Royal's precast wall and modular building systems combine concrete, polystyrene, and reinforcing steel to create structures that can withstand high-velocity winds, the producer emphasizes, while providing comfort and affordability. Constructed off site, RCC buildings are up to 95 percent complete upon delivery, thereby ensuring minimal disruption to surrounding areas and streamlining the construction process.
RCC building systems are able to withstand the impact of Category 5 hurricanes with winds topping 155 mph. Beyond safety and strength, the Quiet Waters facility and Lake Shore Annex Transitional School will offer such environmental benefits as energy efficiency, leading to marked heating and air-conditioning cost savings. Further, the building system can assist project teams with LEED certification owing to its optimal energy performance, as well as the reuse potential of its structural components and recycled content of the concrete.