Fox Blocks named Best in Class for ICF public building project

Fox Blocks named Best in Class for ICF public building project

The 12,640 square foot Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Division Headquarters was named Best in Class as the most innovative energy efficient project in the light commercial category at the 2013 ICF Builder Awards Feb. 6, 2013.

The innovative building incorporates Fox Blocks insulated concrete forms (ICF), which contributed to the energy efficiency of the project with 8,420 square feet of ICF exterior walls.

The ICF Builder Awards hosted by ICF Builder Magazine in Las Vegas, is an annual event designed to recognize nominated projects that showcase the innovation, quality, and energy-efficiency of ICF construction, and promote ICF as a sustainable, durable and attractive building material.

"We are honored to be recognized with a first place award for this project. The City of Charlotte and Fox Blocks both hold this project up as a model of the achievements that can be made in sustainable design and construction," said Mike Kennaw, vice president of sales for Fox Blocks.

The City of Charlotte design team wanted to set a new standard in sustainable design with this new police precinct building. Their ultimate goal was to achieve a 60-70 percent reduction in overall energy and natural resource usage, while achieving both comfort in design and function.

ICF construction had been used on Charlotte Fire Stations 39 and 40, but those buildings had not executed the anticipated level of sustainable features that were set for the new Steel Creek project.

"This was the most complex building the city has planned and built as it relates to fully sustainable design, We definitely put sustainability on the map here and now we are looking at a much brighter future," said Allen Burris, project superintendent for Southside Constructors Inc., builders of the police division headquarters.

Fox Blocks materials were used for 100 percent of the exterior walls, totaling 8,420 feet. In addition, there were 740 square feet of stem/knee walls. Total ICF installation time was 18 days of a 10-month construction schedule. The time saved by using Fox Block ICF systems over the typical CMU construction schedule was approximately 30 days.

"All the key factors as to why ICF is a quality building material were revealed in this project,: Kennaw said. "ICF as a building material offers the ability to exceed sustainable design and energy efficiency, meets the need to build a comfortable and functional building, and achieves construction time savings."

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Topics: Insulated Concrete Forms - ICF

Companies: Fox Blocks

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