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ICF Home Survives Hurricane Michael

The "Sand Palace" a model of resilient architecture It was easily the most noticeable house on the oceanfront of Mexico Beach, Florida…simply because it was still standing. On October 10, 2018, Mexico Beach was flattened by Hurricane Michael and amongst the devastating destruction, one home stood upright on stilts above all the apocalyptic destruction, appearing largely unscathed and shining majestically in the sun. The home, known as the "Sand Palace", would garner the attention of countless national and local media outlets fascinated by its story of incredible resilience faced with such a powerful destructive force.  The New York Times, CNN, Weather Network, Fox News and several others all clamored to find out why the three-story, four-bedroom, 4½ bath vacation rental was able to withstand the sustained 155 miles per hour winds that wreaked havoc on all that surrounded it.  And what they found according to its owners, Dr. Lebron Lackey and his uncle, Russell King, was that the home was specifically designed to do just that – survive "the big one". "At every point, from pilings to the roof and everything in between, when it came time to make a decision about what level of material or what to use, [...]

By |2019-07-24T17:31:31-05:00July 24, 2019|Design, Featured, ICF Projects|

CLT Wood vs Concrete Concrete construction is one of the strongest and longest lasting forms of construction in the known world. Though many improvements have been made in technology, at the end of the day laminates, glues, and other materials used to create exotic wood based building materials just cannot withstand exposure to fire. Saving lives in the first priority of any good building design and if you can use the right materials you can save the structure too. Resilience. Safety. Build With Strength. CLT Basics A CLT panel consists of several layers of kiln-dried lumber boards stacked in alternating directions, bonded with structural adhesives, and pressed to form a solid, straight, rectangular panel. CLT panels consist of an odd number of layers (usually, three to seven,) and may be sanded or prefinished before shipping. While at the mill, CLT panels are cut to size, including door and window openings, with state-of-the art CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) routers, capable of making complex cuts with high precision. Finished CLT panels are exceptionally stiff, strong, and stable, handling load transfer on all sides.

By |2019-06-25T16:01:26-05:00June 25, 2019|Video|

Build With Strength: Chesapeake Village Center, Stephensville, MD

An NRMCA Build With Strength Concrete Design Center Project The NRMCA Build With Strength Concrete Design Center provides information, expertise and resources for commercial mid-rise projects. Connecting architects, engineers, and material experts to create structures that are strong, resilient, extremely energy efficient and cost effective to construct.

By |2019-06-11T21:51:06-05:00September 20, 2017|Video|
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