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floor to be poured every four days. "We had
to create a structure that was adjacent to
another building, thus doing a fully castin-place concrete or steel-based structure
was deemed more expensive in this case,"
DiNunzio explains. "Core-first was a cost-related design choice."
Steven Holl Architects, designer of The Lewis
Center for the Arts at Princeton University,
requested Villa Construction to create a
board form finish on the walls. The company
was tasked to construct subsequent concrete
walls of three buildings with architectural
concrete, thus known as the theatre and/or
dance, art and music buildings.
Villa Construction developed a puzzle
of sorts for its field crew to assemble on
site. "This rough sound board form finish
was unique because we had to figure out
a way to create all this work in an efficient
manner so the guys can construct it out in
the field," DiNunzio says. "I decided I wanted to panelize it and therefore developed
the means and methods for ease of field
construction. These panelized systems
were nothing more than strips of boards
fastened on to a plywood panel, numbered and sent to the field with a drawing
showing how the puzzle pieces are to be
put together in the field. A challenge that
no one thought was achievable."
used 95 tons of rebar, 9,200 cubic yards
of concrete and Forming Concepts' Tru-Lift
self-climbing system on 7 Bryant Park.
7 Bryant Park is a 32-story mixed-used building designed to overlook the Manhattan
park by "carving the corner," the company
says. The design includes 10-foot by 10-foot
panels to give a panoramic view of the park.
In addition to the design, 7 Bryant Park
is a core-first structure that adds to the
uniqueness of the building, DiNunzio says.
"They utilized the elevator shafts as the core
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- a very large core with multiple banks of
elevators," he explains. "All those banks are
the central core of the building, allowing
the connection of structural steel, thus
noted as a core-first project."
The project used 95 tons of rebar and
9,200 cubic yards of concrete while employing Chicago-based Forming Concepts Inc.'s
Tru-Lift self-climbing system. The steel grid
supports and hydraulic jacks enabled one
ULMA Form Works, Inc. is honored by
being a partner with Villa Construction on
the construction of two of its recent projects,
The New York Aquarium's Ocean Wonders:
Sharks! Exhibit building in Coney Island, New
York and the Academic Building at Monroe
College's New Rochelle, New York Campus.
ULMA supplied its Enkoflex shoring system to
provide the best solution on both projects to
form the concrete slabs. The unusual shape
of the aquarium exhibit building provided
a particular challenge but the versatility of
ULMA's Enkoflex's independent beam system
enabled Villa Construction to form the slabs in
the most cost-effective manner.
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