Mega Warehouse Created with Superior Walls Precast Concrete Panels
When time is of the essence in a large project, individually-placed concrete blocks just won’t work. That’s what Chris Boel discovered when construction started on his new 16-unit warehouse in Toms River, N.J. in the U.S.A. The solution? Boel turned to precast concrete panels from Superior Walls.
“Timing was critical on this project so we ditched the concrete blocks and invested in Superior Walls Xi panels,” says Boel, owner of TJM Realty, a real estate holding company out of Wood-Ridge, N.J. “This is our first major project and we wanted to do it right. I was amazed at how fast the Superior Walls products were installed. In 14 days they had the entire structure completed, including interior separation walls!”
Massive Custom Panels
The team at Northeast Precast took on the challenge of creating 217 custom-made precast concrete panels for the project. The warehouse, which is 384-feet long and 60-feet deep, has a demising wall every 24-feet on center. The job required a total of about 38,000 square feet of panels. The project included gable ends and gable demising walls, three-stories of installed product and 21 days of product production time.
“Everything about the Superior Walls product is impressive,” says Boel. “One of the key reasons we liked using these panels on the inside of the structure was fire resistance. We have more than 19,000 square feet of precast concrete panels with a 1-hour fire rating.”
Superior Walls Xi wall panels feature steel reinforced concrete and insulation to create a barrier against sidewall water penetration. The panels were custom designed and constructed in a factory-controlled setting in Millville, N.J. that is operated by Northeast Precast. Unique features of the Xi wall panels include:
- 5,000+ PSI concrete
- Steel-reinforced top bond beams, concrete studs and footer beams
- Horizontal steel rebar inside top and bottom beams
- Vertical steel rebar inside each stud
- Insulated access holes for ease in wiring and plumbing
- Galvanized steel stud facing ready for drywall finishing
- Insulated corners, studs and bond beams
Warehouse Times Two
The mixed-use warehouse sits on Lakewood Road, a busy location in Toms River. Tenants are already lined up to fill the spaces with a hardwood floor company, detailing motor shop, mechanic, internet sales and other businesses.
“This is a great location and we’re jumping to fill a need in this area,” says Boel, leasor of the warehouse space. “We’re so confident in the success of this warehouse that we’re starting plans for a second one right next door with 24 units.
“Our plans definitely call for using Superior Walls products again. This is a product that makes sense in every way. It’s dependable, custom-made and goes up seamlessly to help us get our businesses on track faster. That’s a true win for us!”