WLP Architects & Engineers
Sandy Pines Recreational Community
Precast Concrete Specialty Engineer
Precast Concrete Producer
Key Project Attributes
- The two-story precast concrete facility is 12,000 ft2 and houses, among other things, administrative offices, meeting rooms, a commercial kitchen, and a library.
- The colors, textures, and shapes on the outside of the new shelter/recreation center dispute the misconception that all concrete structures are ugly gray boxes.
To compensate for the instability of the sandy soil, the contractor, FCC Construction in Caledonia, Mich., sank conical precast concrete piers in multiple locations, keeping the foundation flat and level.
- 9900 ft2 of insulated walls with formliner finishes, including stone and siding.
- Components include 71 10-in. hollow-core slabs; 46 8-in. hollow-core slabs; 16 12-in. insulated walls with liner finish Type A (rock wall); 22 12-in. insulated walls with liner finish Type B (siding); four 6-in. solid walls; seven 8-in. solid walls; 10 inverted tee beams; four columns; two 10-in. solid slabs.
- The new two-story shelter, which accommodates 1145 people, is FEMA 361–rated and can stand up to an EF-5 tornado with winds exceeding 200 mph.