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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.

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Facades+ New York City 2019

New York, NY – Building Blocks looks forward to the Facades+ symposium and workshop event in New York City next month. The two-day program unites top professionals from design, fabrication, and construction to consider high-performance envelopes in the context of New York City’s architectural landscape. It is hosted by the Architect’s Newspaper.

 

Facades+ New York

April 4-5, 2019

 

Metropolitan West

639 West 46th Street

New York, NY 10036

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.

PCI Convention 2019

Louisville, KY – Building Blocks will attend the PCI Convention in Louisville next month. The four-day program brings together members of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) with industry non-members for the purpose of committee meetings, education courses, and training sessions. The PCI Convention is coupled with The Precast Show tradeshow. The tradeshow is the largest precast-specific trade show in North America. As a result, the combined event brings together over 1,000 attendees.

 

PCI Convention

February 26 – March 2, 2019

 

Kentucky International Convention Center

221 S 4th St

Louisville, KY 40202

 

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

 

Brian Graham Joins the Team

Brian Graham

Senior Project Manager

Allentown, PA – Brian Graham joins the Building Blocks team as Senior Project Manager. He will oversee all aspects of construction management for many of the glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) projects that we manufacture and install.

 

Brian brings over 25 years of experience in exterior building envelope construction to the team. He spent 20 of those years in New York City where he managed panelized and handset field installations of glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC), terracotta, ACM, zinc, brick, and EIFS facades. He attributes his career success to the long-term relationships he develops with building owners, developers, contractors and material suppliers.