Army saves 30% by using ultra-lightweight concrete walls

March 01, 2008 |

Looking to speed construction of the U.S. Army National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., military officials specified prefabricated structures with walls constructed of lightweight cellular concrete. By employing the Ecolite Wall System, which marries light-gauge steel framing and cellular concrete, the Army saved an estimated 30% in construction costs and cut the construction schedule in half to just six months versus using traditional site-cast concrete and concrete masonry unit construction.

Ecolite was used to construct 56 buildings at the base. The walls, which weigh just 20% of typical concrete construction and 25% of concrete block walls, were erected in four months.

The walls can also help achieve LEED credits in four categories: Recycled Content, Construction Waste Management, Regional Materials, and Energy Performance.

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