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ACI was also hired to solve a metal-framed can- opy installation, originally designed as a stick built (on-site construction). To construct the project as originally designed would have re- quired erecting an eight-story scaffold system across a 500-linear-foot façade, causing sched- ule, assembly and safety concerns. It would have also taken more than the allotted 120 days to complete. Instead, ACI proposed their alternative building solution. The architect and engineer quickly selected ACI’s precast steel panels, and the City of Durham’s building in- spectors approved the choice. The panels were fabricated on-site and installed in a 24-hour sequence. Each panel was lifted and bolted into the structural steel using cranes. The proj- ect was completed—including engineer-sealed shop drawings, fabrication and installation—in a record 45 days from contract award.


In 2016, ACI precast panels were installed on the roof, floor and throughout the building envelope of the 4,700-square-foot David Mao private residence in Raleigh. The home also features geothermal and solar panels for en- ergy efficiency. Mao opens the house for tours by appointment.


The ACI team is currently working on specifying the product for high-rise building envelopes due to its lightweight/high-strength ratio, 3-hour fire-resistant certification, and other attributes mentioned above. Panels are manufactured in many architectural shapes, sizes and facades similar to precast concrete construction.


Rubio concludes: “Our family’s passion is to promote


environmentally-safe, sustainable


structures that protect life, assets and the earth for generations to come.”


Vicki Speed is a contributing author, located in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.


4,800-square-foot, two-story residential structure with ACI Smart Wall roof, floor and wall systems.


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