(HIT) – Construction started recently of the new Mills Park Hotel in Yellow Springs, Ohio with the installation of precast concrete wall panels from Superior Walls of East Tennessee. Designed by Axis Architecture, the 28-room hotel will rely on a Superior Walls Xi™ foundation system for the 32,000-square foot structure, plus a four-story precast concrete elevator shaft.

“I’ve successfully used Superior Walls foundations for more than 20 years in my projects, so it made extreme sense for us to specify these energy-efficient products as part of Mills Park Hotel,” says Tedd Donnell, project architect and construction manager with Axis Architecture, Inc. in Yellow Springs, Ohio. “The trueness and squareness of the Superior Walls panels make the system installation easy on the jobsite. And, the thermal barrier within the Xi system is a major plus for the owners of the hotel.”

Image of a hotel build using Superior Walls precast walls and foundations
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The three-story Victorian-style hotel is seen as a significant addition to the Yellow Springs area and will house a restaurant, banquet hall and conference room. Scheduled for opening during the summer of 2015, the hotel construction is being funded and spearheaded as a local project to help the economy.

“I have confidence that the Superior Walls foundation will serve this facility admirably for many years to come,” says Donnell. “Starting the project with these precast concrete walls gives us a high quality foundation in less time. These panels are environmentally-friendly and provide a strong, damp-free system we can rely on.”

The Superior Walls Xi foundation system forms a concrete cavity wall panel with concrete studs at 24 inches on center, attached at the top and bottom with bond beams. The entire assembly is faced with an integral concrete face shell. The wall is reinforced with rebar and polypropylene fibers providing additional structural strength. In addition, the concrete studs are cast with holes for wiring and factory galvanized steel on each stud for interior finishing.

Xi wall panels have 2.5 inches of DOW® Styrofoam™ added during the manufacturing process for warmth and energy efficiency. Nearly everything is insulated in the Xi panel, including corners, studs and bond beams. Special engineering makes the wall thermally isolated and insulated from the exterior elements. This wall is monolithically poured (poured all at once) with high-strength concrete for solid structural integrity and reinforced with steel rebar and polypropylene fibers.

“I expect the same excellent results for the Mills Park Hotel as I’ve received during the past 20 years specifying Superior Walls products for other projects,” says Donnell. “This reliable product is a winning solution for both residential and commercial construction.”

Superior Walls products are resource efficient, using up to 70 percent less concrete in a new home than conventional foundations. The energy-efficient walls help lower energy costs and reduce energy leakage while providing increased living space in a comfortable setting. For details on Superior Walls products, visit www.superiorwalls.com.

Courtesy: Home Improvement News and Information Center