West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Royal Concrete Concepts (RCC) added eight dorm rooms, totaling 5,000 sq. ft., to Fire Station #32 in nearby Hobe Sound. Pre-engineered
West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Royal Concrete Concepts (RCC) added eight dorm rooms, totaling 5,000 sq. ft., to Fire Station #32 in nearby Hobe Sound. Pre-engineered concrete units were delivered from RCC’s Okeechobee plant in July. The assemblies arrived fully compatible with the fire station’s telephone, communication, and emergency systems. The project included addition of two bathrooms, providing showering facilities not previously available.
The timetable for dorm erection was three to four weeks Û several months less than typical construction, RCC asserts. Because the units arrived on site from our facility 95 percent complete, notes Jeff Wisinski, the company’s head of business development, we needed just one day to set them up. Moreover, the building system required a smaller construction crew and fewer delivery trucks to the construction site, the producer emphasizes, minimizing disruptions and enabling the fire station to remain fully functional as work progressed.
Besides rapid construction, the producer affirms, Royal Concrete components provide more durable, stronger structures that are also energy-efficient: the modular units are known to reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 20 percent. Additionally, RCC elements Û comprising concrete, polystyrene, and reinforced steel Û ensure that buildings can withstand even strong coastal winds.
Says Martin County Fire Rescue District Chief Cliff Appe, Though the station is almost 35 years old, these dorms will provide a safe haven for us from hurricanes. In addition, Wisinski points out the lower overall cost of ownership: When you factor in [the building’s] life span, durability and energy efficiency, it is much cheaper over the long haul.