Real Estate Journal — Pennsylvania — August 12 - 25, 2016 — 3C
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P ennsylvania 92,000 s/f office building in the Philadelphia Navy Yard Corporate Center High Concrete Group plays key role in gravity defying design of unique 4-story office building P HILADELPHIA, PA — High Concrete Group in Denver, PA
precast panels totaling 29,000 s/f of vertical surface for all 4 elevations of the building under a $2.7 million contract. Over a few short months the panels were delivered and in- stalled from November, 2015 through January, 2016 with the anticipation of a 3rd Quar- ter completion date. Turner Construction’s Roger Gentry had this to say about working with High Concrete Group on the project. “On the 1200 Intrepid Proj- ect, the High Concrete Group was able to take the Archi- tect’s 3D marketing model,
adapt it for the 3D design of the building’s panels and con- nections, translate it into the fabrication of the individual precast panels, and use it for the complex layout of each con- nection for the construction of a very complicated compound curve façade. ” Liberty Property Trust and Synterra Partners , the developers of The Navy Corporate Center, planned 1200 Intrepid as speculative office building, responding to growing demand for new and growing companies choosing to locate at The Navy Yard. n
played a key role in creating a “gravity defying” and very unique 92,000 square foot, 4-story office building in the heart of Philadelphia’s boom- ing Philadelphia Navy Yard Corporate Center. The $34 million building was designed by world class archi- tect Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) , a global architectural firm based in Copenhagen and New York. The design concept for 1200 Intrepid was inspired by its surroundings, specifically Central Green, the award-winning park designed by James Corner Field Opera- tions. Reminiscent of the park’s running track, activity pods and planting vignettes, BIG designed a curved façade that communicates directly with these circular elements of Cen- tral Green. The ambitious de- sign feature is consistent with the progressive architecture at The Navy Yard and required a very creative approach to ensure constructability. “Cha l l enged wi th thi s unique design opportunity presented by BIG, High Con- crete Group’s engineering team developed the precast component system necessary to execute the innovative de- sign. High Concrete carried the innovation forward with a design of a structural steel system that was embedded into the panels to transfer the load through them to the foundation,” said Glenn Eber- sole, High Concrete’s Market Development Manager. The interlocking panels appear to be 11 inches thick. However, the backs of the panels were partially hollowed out, re- ducing their thickness to 4.5 inches at the face to minimize the weight. “This project pre- sented an extremely high de- gree of difficulty for construct- ing precast in an innovative way,” he said. To create the slope and curve on the east side, “each precast panel is positioned at a different angle and rotation, requiring a high level of precision during the installation” by the erection subcontractor, said Ebersole. Kai-Uwe Bergmann, AIA, RIBA , partner, BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group remarked that “High Concrete saw our design as a wonderful opportunity to really show off their skills, talents and products. It has
been a sincere joy to work with a group of pre-casters who are as engaged as they have been, willing to roll up their sleeves to work on solutions rather than seeing obstacles
and I am sure that they are as proud of their efforts as much as we are.” High Concrete was selected by Turner Construction to produce the 421 architectural
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