Smith-Midland soundwall contract approaches 1 million sq. ft.

Sources: Smith Midland Corp., Midland, Va.; CP staff

FAM Construction LLC (a Ferrovial Agroman US and Allan Myers joint venture) has awarded Smith-Midland a contract to supply 900,000 square feet of SoftSound noise absorptive precast concrete sound wall panels for the Interstate 66 Outside the Beltway Express Lanes. The 22.5-mile, northern Virginia project will provide two express lanes along three regular lanes from Interstate 495 to Route 29 in Gainesville, plus other amenities and space reserved for future transit options.

The Smith-Midland flagship plant will begin a three- to four-year soundwall fabrication schedule in mid-2018. “This is the single largest contract in our company’s 58-year history” says Vice President of Sales & Marketing Matthew Smith. “Our customers continue to respond in a positive manner to the quality of our products and excellent service we provide.”

An Easi-Set Worldwide licensed product, SoftSound embodies a proprietary material molded and compressed to meet an agency or site owner’s desired technical and aesthetic requirements. It combines a highly specialized mineralized aggregate with cement as a binder in an exacting production process. Once installed, Smith-Midland notes, SoftSound surpasses other noise abatement products for sound absorption, durability, strength and moldability.