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Contract Awarded for Tallest ICF High Rise in U.S

Scotia, NY (October 30, 2017) – A 16-story mixed-use development near New York City sets a new benchmark for the construction industry. The innovative project will be among the most energy-efficient large-scale buildings in Westchester County, New York, and is believed to be the tallest building in the U.S. to be built with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs).

The development, dubbed 42 Broad, is a luxury transit-oriented-development (TOD) located in Mount Vernon’s prestigious Fleetwood neighborhood. The site is three blocks from the Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line (Fleetwood stop) in Westchester County.

The project is a joint venture of The Bluestone Organization and Alexander Development Group, and consists of 249 luxury rental apartments, approximately 20,000 sq. ft. of retail space, and an adjacent parking garage. Fitting the character of the neighborhood, tenant amenities will be first-class. Plans call for a heated swimming pool, large community/party room, fully equipped gym, and a library/reading room.

Structural walls for the 16-story tower will be formed with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs), which sandwich a core of steel-reinforced concrete between panels of rigid polystyrene foam insulation on each side. While a handful of ICF buildings exceeding 16 stories have been built in Canada, 42 Broad Street is reported to be the tallest ICF building in the United States.

In another innovative first, the ICFs will arrive at the jobsite as custom-made 50-foot panels. The panelization will be done off-site at an assembly plant operated by ICF Panels of Scotia, New York. On multi-story projects such as this one, walls can be panelized prior to construction of the applicable floors.

Michael Cleary, president of ICF Panels, estimates that panelization will shorten the construction schedule by several months, allowing the building to be occupied significantly earlier than would otherwise be possible. “Owners and developers will see that building with ICF Panels is literally ‘money in the bank’,” he says. Opening early allows them to gain access to hundreds of thousands of dollars that is otherwise unavailable.”

Panels are delivered to the jobsite ready to be braced and poured. Bucks, weld plates, and lintel rebar are installed prior to shipping. The majority of the reinforcing steel is replaced with Helix steel fiber, a twisted steel micro rebar technology developed for the military that creates a stronger concrete with better consolidation and pour characteristics.
ICF Panels has proved its methods on several other high-profile projects, including 350 Clarkson Ave. in Manhattan.

Panelization offers number of other benefits, such as reduced hazard insurance, less form waste, virtually no weather delays, and improved worker productivity. It’s an attractive option for commercial developers, designers, ICF installers and others wanting to maximize profits and gain market share.

For additional information, please visit the ICF Panels website at www.ICF Panels.com

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About ICFs

Available under several different brand names, ICF is an acronym for Insulated Concrete Form, which consist of two rigid EPS foam panels which sandwich a core of reinforced concrete. The steel reinforced concrete provides exceptional strength and thermal mass; the foam provides a continuous layer of one of the world’s best insulators, and is an ideal substrate for many finishes.

The final result is a building that is energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, and virtually indestructible. The construction method offers a host of benefits, such as faster construction times, lower insurance rates, and quieter interiors, but the two primary reasons behind their growth is their remarkable durability and energy efficiency

About the Company

ICF Panels is the leading provider of prefabricated ICF panels. Based in Scotia, New York, the company works with all major ICF brands, and will work with designers and owners to optimize value.

By building the wall sections indoors, construction delays due to inclement weather are eliminated. On multi-story projects, walls can be panelized prior to construction of the applicable floors, and make it possible to build walls in hours, rather than days. A number of other benefits, such as reduced hazard insurance, less form waste, and improved worker productivity reduce costs further.

ICF Panels are delivered to the jobsite ready to be braced and poured. Bucks, weld plates, and lintel rebar are installed prior to shipping. The majority of the reinforcing steel is replaced with Helix steel fiber, which ensures better consolidation, smoother pours, and stronger walls. Helix will be shipped to the jobsite along with the wall segments to ensure availability
ICF Panels is set to revolutionize ICF construction through automation and vertical integration. If you are a commercial developer, designer, or ICF installer wanting to maximize profits and gain market share, please contact ICF Panels, Inc. for additional information.

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ICF Panels Open For Business

Scotia, NY (Oct. 1, 2017) – An ICF company based in New York state now offers to panelize ICF walls on commercial construction projects in the region. Michael Cleary, company president, says his panelized ICF building concept is set to revolutionize commercial construction.

The patent-pending system is already in commercial use in select markets, and offers a host of advantages over stacking walls on site.

Cleary points out that wall sections are built indoors, in a controlled environment, which reduces waste, speeds construction, and eliminates weather delays. On multi-story projects, walls can be stacked in the warehouse before the foundation or floor is in place.

ICF Panels are delivered to the jobsite ready to be braced and poured. Bucks, weld plates, and lintel rebar are installed prior to shipping. The majority of the reinforcing steel is replaced with Helix steel fiber, which ensures better consolidation, smoother pours, and stronger walls. Helix will be shipped to the jobsite along with the wall segments to ensure availability. Panels are set into place with a lightweight sign crane, then braced and poured onsite.

ICF Panels makes it possible to build walls in hours, rather than days. Project timelines can be shortened, reducing the construction loan. And earlier opening dates put money directly into the developers’ pockets.

Cleary says the company will work with all major ICF brands, and has a number of projects underway in the New York City area, including 350 Clarkson Ave., an eight-story, 250-unit mixed use building.

For additional information, please visit the ICF Panels website at www.ICF Panels.com.