SOURCE: U.S. Concrete, Inc.

U.S. Concrete, Inc.

April 16, 2015 06:00 ET

U.S. Concrete's San Francisco Bay Area Business Unit, Central Concrete, Earns Two SCA 2014 Project-of-the-Year Awards

EULESS, TX--(Marketwired - April 16, 2015) - Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc., a business unit of U.S. Concrete, Inc. (NASDAQ: USCR), earned two Slag Cement Association (SCA) Project-of-the-Year Awards during the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Spring 2015 Convention in Kansas City, MO.

These awards were for (i) the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Patient Care Pavilion, Summit Campus Project, in Oakland, California and (ii) the innovative green design of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge, Eastern Span.

Green Design Winner: Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Patient Care Pavilion, Utilized Low-CO2 Concrete; 100% of Demolition Concrete Recycled
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center's Oakland's Patient Care Pavilion is a state-of-the-art hospital that has 230,000 square feet of space and 243 medical and surgical beds. The project called for a LEED Silver designation, which the owner applied for using a combination of low-CO2 concrete and other recycled building products. Of the 19,000 cubic yards of concrete used, 80% of it was made with a mix that contained 50% or more cement replacement materials. To further reduce the carbon footprint, 85% of all demolition materials, including 100% of the demolished asphalt and concrete, were recycled and used on the project. The project exceeds California Title 24 Energy Standards by 16%.

Project Credits: Sutter Health, Owner; Devenney Group LTD., Architect; Degenkolb Engineers, Engineer; DPR Construction, Contractor; Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc., Concrete Supplier; Lehigh Southwest Cement Co., Slag Cement.

High Performance Winner: San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge - Eastern Span: Specialty Concrete Mixes lead to many new performance milestones
The first ever, single-tower, self-anchoring suspension bridge project spans Oakland on the east with Yerba Buena Island in the center of San Francisco Bay. The 150-year design life bridge project took 13 years from design to completion in 2014 and was valued over $6.4 billion. Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc. has supplied over a quarter of a million cubic yards of concrete -- equivalent to covering a football field with concrete, 153 feet thick. At peak times, Central Concrete utilized four plants, 60 trucks at a time (using 136 trucks for the East Span Deck pour alone), and multiple 12- to 16-hour pours, including several overnight placements. The Bay Bridge project entailed a number of rigorous requirements such as concrete durability, CO2 reduction, strength and pumpability. To meet these requirements, Central Concrete engineered more than 40 specialty mixes, leading to many new performance milestones. Not only were the mixes optimized to deliver the aggressive performance specified for this large-scale, technically challenging project, but Central Concrete's use of 25% to 50% cement replacement materials significantly reduced the Bay Bridge's carbon footprint. The low-CO2 mix designs resulted in at least 60 million pounds of CO2 reduction, as compared to traditional Portland cement concrete.

Project Credits: California Department of Transportation, Owner - Architect; American Bridge/Fluor JV, Engineers; C.C. Myers, Inc., Conco, Flatiron Construction Corp., and MCM Construction, Inc., General Contractors; Condon Johnson & Associates, Inc., Murga Strange and Chalmers, and Vanguard Construction, Sub-Contractors; Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc., Concrete; Lehigh Southwest Cement Co., Slag Cement.

About Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc.
Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc., a business unit of U.S. Concrete, Inc. (NASDAQ: USCR), has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 60 years. The company is recognized for engineering higher-performing concrete than traditional concrete while significantly lowering carbon footprints with its low-CO2 mixes. Unlike traditional concrete, Central Concrete's standard mixes deliver 50% or greater cement replacement materials, thereby significantly reducing the carbon footprint of the project under construction. Central Concrete is recognized for supplying its low-CO2 mixes to numerous San Francisco Bay Area signature projects, including the Cathedral of Christ the Light Church, Oakland; California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco (world's greenest museum); NASA Ames Sustainability Base, Mountain View (greenest federal building in the U.S.); David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos (net-zero private office building in Calif.); the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission headquarters (one of San Francisco's greenest office building); the new San Francisco 49ers Levi's Stadium (the first NFL stadium to have achieved LEED Gold certification); and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

With 12 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Central Concrete offers multiple points of service to meet the diverse operational needs of its customers. For more information, visit www.centralconcrete.com.

About U.S. Concrete
U.S. Concrete serves the construction industry in several major markets in the United States through its two business segments: ready-mixed concrete and aggregate products. The Company has 132 standard ready-mixed concrete plants, 16 volumetric ready-mixed concrete facilities, and 10 producing aggregates facilities. During 2014, U.S. Concrete sold approximately 5.7 million cubic yards of ready-mixed concrete and approximately 4.7 million tons of aggregates. For more information on U.S. Concrete, visit www.us-concrete.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release contains various forward-looking statements and information that are based on management's belief, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company disclaims any obligation to update these statements and cautions you not to rely unduly on them. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements regarding: the stability of the business; ready-mix backlog; ability to maintain our cost structure; ability to maximize liquidity, monitor fixed costs, manage variable costs, control capital spending and monitor working capital usage; and the adequacy of current liquidity. Although U.S. Concrete believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that those expectations will prove to have been correct. Such statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, among other matters: general and regional economic conditions; the level of activity in the construction industry; the ability of U.S. Concrete to complete acquisitions and to effectively integrate the operations of acquired companies; development of adequate management infrastructure; departure of key personnel; access to labor; union disruption; competitive factors; government regulations; exposure to environmental and other liabilities; the cyclical and seasonal nature of U.S. Concrete's business; adverse weather conditions; the availability and pricing of raw materials; the availability of refinancing alternatives; and general risks related to the industry and markets in which U.S. Concrete operates. Should one or more of these risks materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results or outcomes may vary materially from those expected. These risks, as well as others, are discussed in greater detail in U.S. Concrete's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including U.S. Concrete's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

Contact Information

  • Company contacts:
    Dave Perry
    Vice President, Marketing and Sales
    Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc.
    925-998-5169
    DPerry@us-concrete.com

    Anne Banta
    Marketing and Communications
    Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc.
    Office: 831-293-8008
    Mobile: 650-400-9673
    anne@banta.org