To meet the housing demand at the Hermitage Club in Wilmington, Vt., 16 multi-million dollar townhomes are being constructed before year’s end. The luxury ski resort properties are being built on the slopeside of Haystack Mountain with energy-efficient Superior Walls Xi Plus precast concrete wall systems.
“We’re hoping to construct four quad-style townhomes this year to meet demands for additional housing in our members-only community,” says Robert Rubin, vice president of construction at the Hermitage Club. “The speed and efficiency with which the Superior Walls foundations are being installed will greatly help our construction timeline and goals.”
Rubin continues, “It’s impressive to see the team at Superior Walls by Weaver Precast Northeast come in and fully install a foundation system in just four days. We previously used poured-in-place foundations that were very time consuming to install plus needed a great deal of labor. Superior Walls foundations arrive with a trained crew. This is a faster and better way to get a foundation we can depend on.”
The Superior Walls Xi Plus wall systems selected by the Hermitage Club construction team include 1-in. foam insulated concrete studs and 1-in. foam insulation on the bond beams to help ensure energy efficiency in the townhomes. Facing against the environment, the panels have a concrete face shell backed 4-1/2 inches of expanded polystyrene rigid foam insulation and 1/2-in. Dow Thermax polyisocyanurate rigid board insulation.
“Our concrete cavity wall panels have studs at 24 inches on center attached at the top and bottom with bond beams, and the entire assembly is faced with an integral concrete face shell,” says John Weinhold, operations manager for Superior Walls by Weaver Precast Northeast. “The walls are reinforced with rebar and polypropylene fibers, providing additional structural strength. We build superior strength into each panel with 5,000+ psi concrete.”
“These foundations are ideal for the Hermitage Club location because the concrete we use provides protection against freeze/thaw cycles,” adds Weinhold. “At the same time, there’s also protection from water vapor transmission while the urethane sealant used between the panels provides superior protection against sidewall water penetration.”
“We believe the insulated foundation system will work exceptionally well with the Ritz-Craft modular/systems-built units designated for these sites,” says Rubin. “Each townhouse building has a footprint of approximately 16,000 square feet, so we’re using the economies of both Superior Walls and Ritz-Craft to keep us on our construction schedule while providing owners with attractive, reliable and energy-efficient homes.”