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11/11/2014 Member News
Excellence in Concrete Award Winners Announced

The 21st Annual Excellence in Concrete Awards were announced on November 6, 2014, at a ceremony in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA) hosted the awards luncheon during the Iowa Better Concrete Conference.

The Excellence in Concrete Awards recognize outstanding projects from throughout the state. Entries were judged on the following criteria: architectural design, engineering and construction challenges, complexity of project, uniqueness of project, workmanship, finished impression, and diverse application of ready mixed concrete.

The 2014 Excellence in Concrete Award winners are listed below by category.

C. J. Farms Beef Building, Lamont
Ready Mixed Concrete Producer:
BARD Materials, Dyersville
Owners: Ron Carpenter and Laverne Jones, Lamont
General Contractor: Iowa Beef Systems, LC, Ankeny
Concrete Subcontractor: Stahlberg Concrete, Hopkinton

This cattle building is 104 feet wide by 644 feet long with 14 foot walls. The building holds 1,600 head of cattle and has a total of eleven pens with precast concrete feed bunks. Seven of the pens are 60 feet by 64 feet which hold 180 head of cattle each. The other four pens are 36 feet by 64 feet and hold 100 head of cattle each. In addition, this unit complies with all of today’s environmental regulations.


St. Paul Lutheran Church, Martensdale
Ready Mixed Concrete Producer:
Liberty Ready Mix, Grimes
Owner: St. Paul Lutheran Church, Martensdale
General Contractor: Newcastle Enterprises, Winterset
Concrete Subcontractor: Stromax Construction, Inc., Winterset
Architect / Designer: Angelo Architectural Associates, Urbandale
Engineer: Allen Henderson & Associates, Inc., Waukee

After losing their 100-year-old church building to a fire, the rebuilding committee realized that a   concrete structure was a better choice for a number of reasons. Choosing ICF construction allowed them to design a structure that retains the look of a traditional church yet offers the added benefits of energy efficiency, as well as, being storm and fire resistance. This legacy will stand proudly for many generations.


COMMERCIAL / Industrial Buildings <5,000 CY
Kirkwood Community College Washington County Regional Center, Cedar Rapids
Ready Mixed Concrete Producer:
Ideal Ready Mix Co., Inc., West Burlington
Owner: Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids
General Contractor: Bi-State Contracting, Inc., West Burlington
Concrete Subcontractor: JDM Contracting Co., West Point
Architect / Designer & Engineer: OPN Architects, Cedar Rapids

In the fall of 2014, the newly-constructed Washington County Regional Center opened to students. This 40,000 square-foot, $9 million facility allows for expansion of programming to meet community needs and offers traditional college credit courses, high school completion courses, concurrent credit   academy classes for students still in high school, adult literacy and English Language Learners courses, noncredit classes and training, and certification through Kirkwood’s continuing education programs.


COMMERCIAL / Industrial Buildings >5,000 CY
Facebook Building 1, Altoona
Ready Mixed Concrete Producer:
Manatts, Inc., Johnston
General Contractor: Turner Construction Company, Kansas City, Missouri
Concrete Subcontractor: George J. Shaw Construction Company, Kansas City, Missouri
Architect / Designer: Sheehan Partners, Ltd., Chicago, Illinois
Engineer: Peoples Associates Structural Engineers, Milpitas, California

This project was first introduced to Iowa as project Siculus, a hidden code name used early on in the conceptual states with origins stemming from Greek Mythology. The myth became a reality when our state’s economic development office announced that Facebook would build a large data campus in Altoona. These plans included the potential of three large server buildings, the first of which was     completed in 2014. The project had strict criteria for preliminary testing of concrete materials for Alkali Silica Reactivity (ASTM C-1260; ASTM C-1567). The electrical conductivity of the materials were also tested in order to determine that the mix design selected would dissipate heat quickly enough around the large conduits that were a part of the massive project. Challenges were overcome by the flexibility to deliver concrete from two plants within close proximity of the project. The project is located on the north side of I-80 across from Bass Pro Shop and can be clearly seen by interstate traffic.


Hawkeye Communication Phase I, Hiawatha
Ready Mixed Concrete Producer:
King’s Material, Inc., Cedar Rapids
Owners: Pat and Kara Callanan, Hiawatha
General Contractor: Point Builders, Cedar Rapids
Concrete Subcontractor: Rex Custom Concrete Inc., Cedar Rapids
Architect / Designer: Aspect, Inc., Cedar Rapids
Engineer: YTT Design Solutions, Cedar Rapids

The paving utilized 30% slag to provide a lighter concrete color for solar heat reflection and better night lighting. Elevation challenges were overcome to get proper drainage to the bio-swails. The concrete was installed with laser screed to provide a smooth riding surface.


Kwik Stop / Dairy Queen, Dubuque
Ready Mixed Concrete Producer:
Horsfield Materials, Inc., Peosta
Owner: Rainbo Oil Company, Dubuque
General Contractor: Buzz McDermott Construction, Dubuque
Concrete Subcontractor: Edwards Concrete Contractors, Inc., Dubuque
Architect / Designer: Morton Design, Dubuque
Engineer: Buesing & Associates, Inc., Dubuque

This project included two parking areas with fairly tight grades. It has a great finish to it and the     contractor also performed some architectural concrete work in the outdoor seating area.


Oakland Acres Golf Club, Grinnell
Ready Mixed Concrete Producer:
Manatts, Inc., Grinnell
Owner: Oakland Acres Golf Club, Grinnell
General Contractor: Griffith Masonry, Inc., Kellogg
Concrete Subcontractor: Van Tomme Landscaping and Concrete, Grinnell

Upon entering the gates at Oakland Acres you will notice the beautiful new concrete parking lot and patio of the clubhouse. The concrete patio serves as a lounging spot for all patrons to gather and enjoy the sunshine while watching the golfers finish on the 18th hole. Immediately after walking into the new clubhouse you will notice the stunning decorative concrete floors that leave no doubt of the role concrete played in the transformation and beautification of the Oakland Acres Golf Club.


Iowa 4-H Center Tornado Safe Room, Madrid
Ready Mixed Concrete Producer:
Liberty Ready Mix, Grimes
Owner: Iowa 4-H Foundation, Ames
General Contractor: Newcastle Enterprises, Winterset
Concrete Subcontractor: Stromax Construction, Inc., Winterset
Architects / Designers: Dan Bush, Winterset and Dale Port, Cedar Falls
Engineer: Lite-Form Technologies, LLC, South Sioux City, Nebraska

This structure was designed to meet FEMA standards for providing a tornado-safe shelter for visitors of the camp. The exterior walls are ICF and the roof is supported by a decking system that allowed concrete to be cast-in-place. The entire envelope of the building is concrete.


City of Maples Trail, Osage
Ready Mixed Concrete Producer:
Croell Redi-Mix, Inc., New Hampton
Owner & Engineer: City of Osage
Prime Contractor: Wicks Construction, Inc., Decorah

The City of Maples Trail Committee formed to develop a plan to create a trail that enables patrons to walk, exercise, and safely move from sites of activity in Osage. This trail is a paved 1.4 mile loop connecting residential neighborhoods, including senior living housing, to the Osage Community Schools and their athletic facilities, the Cedar River Complex (CRC), the Mitchell County Fairgrounds, and City Park. The committee’s primary goals are to provide a safe alternative to walking and exercising on city streets and to improve the health and wellness of Osage residents. The trail is completely funded by fundraising and has received donations in man hours and/or materials from the ready mixed concrete producer and prime contractor.


Speer Residence, Prole
Ready Mixed Concrete Producer:
Liberty Ready Mix, Grimes
Owners: Craig and Charlotte Speer, Prole
General Contractor: Newcastle Enterprises, Winterset
Concrete Subcontractor: Stromax Construction, Inc., Winterset
Architect / Designer: Dan Bush, Winterset
Engineer: Lite-Form Technologies, LLC, South Sioux City, Nebraska

This home proudly sits high atop a hill overlooking the family’s center-owned farm. The exterior walls are ICF. The owners chose a concrete decking system for their garage floor that allowed them to excavate and utilize the space below, maximizing their home’s square footage to its fullest. This home will last for many generations.


Starr Residence and Backyard Environment, Coralville
Ready Mixed Concrete Producer:
Hawkeye Ready-Mix, Inc., Coralville
Owners: Jason and Blakely Starr, Coralville
General Contractor: Larson Builders, Iowa City
Concrete Subcontractor: Power Concrete Construction & Design Center, North Liberty
Architect / Designer: Country Landscapes, Inc., North Liberty
Pool Contractor: Barrington Pools, Barrington, Illinois

This project includes an 8,465 square foot custom home and major backyard environment incorporating multiple components of decorative concrete and ready mixed concrete applications. It features radiant heating throughout the interior slabs on grade, including the 3,074 square foot basement floor, six-car garage area, and the 1,000 square foot game room floor. The game room floors are polished concrete, colored with a bronze colored stain, then polished to a 3,000 grit mirror-like finish. The circular architectural hand-finished driveway features over 135 cubic yards of ready mixed concrete and leads guests around a raised-landscaping berm in a center island to the front door of the residence. The residence incorporates decorative concrete into all entrances and patio areas. The backyard environment includes a custom designed 20 foot by 48 foot swimming pool with a diving board, large sun shelf, custom lounges, and waterline tile accents complimenting the pebble tech finish. The shot-crete pool shell required over 130 cubic yards of concrete. In total, the residence and pool project required approximately 600 cubic yards of ready-mixed concrete.