Hard Rock New Orleans

GFRC Installation Begins at Hard Rock New Orleans

New Orleans, LA – Glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) panels are being installed on the new Hard Rock in New Orleans. Installation continues through the summer. With each new panel, the building looks more like its renderings. Facade installation is scheduled to complete in winter 2020.

The new Hard Rock in New Orleans is located at Rampart and Canal Streets in the Theater District, just around the corner from the French Quarter. It will feature a hotel, restaurant, and condominiums. Originally designed as SlenderWall, the project turned to GFRC for better durability.

Plant Visit for University of Miami’s Centennial Village

Kissimmee, FL – University of Miami administration, Zyscovich Architects, and Grycon recently visited our glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) plant in Kissimmee for the University’s new Centennial Village project.

 

This new addition to the Coral Gables campus is part of the University’s master plan for student housing growth and refinement. Building Blocks has proposed our high-performance unitized GFRC wall system with factory installed ES Windows and Technoglass glazing. A mockup will be delivered to the project site next month.

Jessica Cruz Joins the Team

Jessica Cruz

Purchasing and HR Manager

Kissimmee, FL – Jessica Cruz joins the Building Blocks team as Purchasing and HR Manager. She will oversee purchasing and inventory at our glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) manufacturing plant. In addition, she will establish and manage an inclusive, team-oriented human resources practice at the facility.

 

Jessica is a welcome talent back in the workforce after dedicating four years to being a stay-at-home mom. Previously, she worked for a variety of design and fashion brands where she specialized in purchasing and imports. She brings 15 years of experience in purchasing and 3 years of HR expertise to Building Blocks.

Chantha Moth Joins the Team

Chantha Moth

Plant Operations Manager

Kissimmee, FL – Chantha Moth joins the Building Blocks team as Plant Operations Manager. He will supervise the glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) production team, includes the weld shop, mold shop, sprayers, yard, and truck loading crew.

 

Chantha brings 10 years of experience in operations, training, and logistics to the team. Before joining Building Blocks, Chantha worked in operations and project management with STABIL Precast, the Army National Guard, and the US Army. At STABIL, Chantha was the project manager for Zaha Hadid’s 1000 Museum tower.

GFRC Contract Won for Studio Gang’s 11 Hoyt

Brooklyn, NY – Triton Construction awards Building Blocks the glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) contract for 11 Hoyt. The project is a new residential tower from Studio Gang. The large development covers a full-block site. It boasts 490 units and incorporates a green podium to sprawl over most of the block-wide footprint.

 

11 Hoyt will bring much needed green space and contemporary housing to an increasingly dense downtown Brooklyn. The tower’s scalloped facade juts in and out along the height of the building to create an unusual silhouette. This facade shape is accomplished beautifully and cost-effectively with GFRC. Construction is scheduled to complete in 2020.

 

11 Hoyt

 

Kevin Miske Lectures at Washington University

Chicago, IL – Building Blocks CEO Kevin Miske is today’s guest lecturer for architecture students at Washington University in St. Louis. Kevin was invited to speak by Professor Hongxi Yin as part of his “Rethinking Sustainability: Towers at Chicago’s Lakeshore East” course this fall. Hongxi connected with Building Blocks through a friend at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill who referred him to us as GFRC experts. Kevin’s lecture focuses on the high-performance capabilities of glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC). He will discuss the use of GFRC in masonry curtainwall and cladding wall systems. His presentation reviews the manufacturing, system capabilities, and design of high-performance GFRC wall systems with a special focus on their contributions towards a more sustainable built environment.

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James Herrman Joins the Team

James Herrman

James Herrman

Project Manager

Dallas, TX – James Herrman joins the Building Blocks team as Project Manager for our Texas market. He will manage new construction and restoration projects utilizing glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC), terra cotta, and glass throughout the region.

 

James is formerly the Vice President of GFRC Cladding and owner of LCON Detailing and Design Services. He is over 30 years in the facade construction industry. James has been active in architectural cladding design, manufacturing, and installation since 1987. Previously, he served in the United States Army. 

 

According to James his, “greatest sense of accomplishment comes from helping others take their projects from ideation to completion.” James is an excellent addition to our team and we welcome him onboard.