Hollow Core Slabs Speed Up Construction

To meet the growing demand for student residence accommodation, St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, is building a new residence extension on the old Keddy's Hotel it recently purchased.

ADI Design Group of Fredericton, New Brunswick, won the proposal to design and construction manage the new state-of-the-part student residence and put architect Dave Beatty in charge of the design.

The project offered several design challenges for Beatty, since it had to address several concerns, including fire safety, sound transmission, durability, energy efficiency and an aggressive construction schedule that would start in mid-winter.

ADI learned that Strescon has supplied the Strescore floor system with ICF walls on numerous projects in the Maritimes. Strescon, Limited was contacted for a precast solution to meet their needs. At the time, Strescon was working on a new student residence at the University of New Brunswick (St. John campus) and a tour was quickly arranged. After reviewing first hand Strescon's Strescore floor system, weighing the pros and cons of a precast solution and getting budgeted figures, ADI were thoroughly convinced they had secured their floor system and could finalize their design.

Strescon supplied and installed approximately 23,000 square feet (486 pieces) of Strescore floor slabs that allowed all trades to perform their work without holdups. Strescon erected up to 85 pieces a day to maintain the tight schedule. Other construction materials would have a hard time meeting such an aggressive schedule.

The Strescore floor system provided an in an immediate safe working platform for all trades that sped up the construction schedule. In the end, Strescore plank provided exactly what the owner and designers were looking for - a floor system with excellent fire rating, little sound transmission, all weather construction and last but not least, cost effectiveness.

Credits:
Owner: St. Thomas University
Design & Project Manager: ADI Design Group
Precast Contractor: Strescon Limited

 
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