The Heldrich

Location:

10 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
 

Owner:

Heldrich Assoc. LLC., New Brunswick, NJ
 

Architect:

James R. McAuliffe Architects, Atlanta, GA
 

Engineer:

DeSimone Consulting Engineers, New York, NY
 

Contractor:

Keating Building Corporation, Philadelphia, PA
 

Project Scope

Sq. Footage:

40,150 sf (wall panels)
 

Levels/Floors:

10
 

Precast Scope:

• 10-story building with a 250-room hotel and conference center, retail space, academic space, and luxury condominiums.
• 40,150 square feet of precast concrete insulated sandwich wall panels.
• Panels fabricated 10 inches deep to allow deeper reveals.
• Panels weighed 32 pounds per square foot.
• CarbonCast brand architectural panels include a carbon-fiber grid as secondary reinforcement in the panel face, replacing conventional steel mesh.
• Panelized system with embedded thin brick allowed for fast erection and lower long-term maintenance.
 

Key Attributes:

• Deep reveals provide more contrast between light and shadows and was accomplished due to lightweight of panels.
• Carbon reinforcing won’t corrode or crack, allowing less concrete to be used as cover. • The panels’ lighter weight minimized crane requirements, preserved piece size, and kept erection costs under control.
• Cost of EPS foam in panels was lower than that of the concrete, so each additional inch of thickness cost half that of conventional precast.
• Light panels used to reduce weight on heavy cornices.
• More than $90,000 worth of perimeter steel and labor costs were saved as a result of the lighter panels.
• Panels were finished with eco-friendly shot blasting, which uses recyclable steel shot instead of sand media, for consistent color and texture that gives the appearance of limestone.
 

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PROJECT OVERVIEW
Hotel guests and homeowners today want energy efficiency to ensure they are comfortable despite outside conditions. To ensure a high-performance design that also offered a classic appearance, designers specified precast concrete insulated sandwich wall panels for The Heldrich mixed-use building. Many of the panels also feature embedded thin brick to create a distinctive look.

PRECAST SOLUTION
The thin-faced, back-ribbed concrete panels were constructed using insulating EPS foam stay-in-place forms. The panels weigh only 32 pounds per square foot, about 70% less than conventional 10-inch precast concrete panels. The lighter panels minimized crane requirements, preserved piece size, and kept erection costs low. More than $90,000 worth of perimeter steel and labor costs were saved with the lighter panels.

To complement the granite on the building face, the panels are finished with eco-friendly shot blasting for consistent color and texture that gives the appearance of limestone.

 
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