2020 Concrete Design Award
Acuity NE Parking Ramp 


2020 Concrete Design Award Presented to C.D. Smith Construction for Acuity NE Parking Ramp

Acuity NE Parking Ramp Won Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association's Concrete Design Award in the Northeast Regional Category

Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Assoc Concrete Design Award - Acuity Parking Ramp commercial project C.D. Smith Construction

C.D. Smith Construction is again grateful to be recognized for a Concrete Design Award by the Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association (WRMCA), with much appreciation to Carew Concrete & Supply Co., Inc. for submitting the Acuity NE Parking Ramp project for the award. The Annual Concrete Design Awards recognize winning projects from various categories, including farms, schools, parking lots and residential and commercial concrete applications.

Carew Concrete & Supply submitted our self-performed concrete work for Acuity NE Parking Ramp in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in this year's Northeast Region Category of the Annual Concrete Design Awards. With 85 years of experience in concrete applications and finishes, C.D. Smith is an innovator and industry leader. Special thanks to Kevin Schroeder, Kevin Halbach, Taylor Weisnicht and everyone on the C.D. Smith and Carew Concrete teams on this project. Our boots-on-the-ground mentality and talent in the field make it all possible. We're honored to be acknowledged with our trade partners and project team members for innovative concrete projects that exceed expectations.

Project team members on the Acuity NE Parking Ramp include:
Owner: Acuity Insurance
Contractor: C.D. Smith Construction
Architect: Eppstein Uhen Architects
Engineer: Pierce Engineers
Ready Mix Supplier: Carew Concrete & Supply, Co., Inc. 

C.D. Smith was hired by Acuity Insurance to provide preconstruction and construction management services for its new Northeast Parking Structure. The new facility serves to accommodate continued growth and enhance the company's physical space on its Sheboygan corporate headquarters campus. Project manager Josh Rooker spoke to the expertise required to create a deck mix with the right additives for the concrete to perform. They needed to hit high strength early while reducing concrete shrinkage. After time testing and coordination with the structural engineer, they were able to make the right mix. “Ensuring that the concrete mix is accurate for the job isn’t a one size fits all, “ says Josh. “Often several concrete mix designs need to be tested to ensure they meet the project's specific requirements as it relates to performance while keeping in mind that our team in the field still needs to be able to work with it, which is just as important.”

C.D. Smith was honored with a Concrete Design Award last year, in the Commercial category, for our Corporate Office in Fond du Lac. Over 20 batches of concrete were tried before the right recipe was found for the self-consolidating concrete used. “We work to get it right. That’s what we showcase at our Corporate Office in Fond du Lac, and we appreciate the recognition,” adds Rooker.

Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Assoc Concrete Design Award - Acuity Parking Ramp commercial project C.D. Smith Construction

Discover more details about the low maintenance polished floors with a nod to early twentieth-century forms featured on the architectural concrete walls of our corporate office by scrolling down to watch the embedded video and transcription from WRMCA's YouTube video for the 38th Annual Concrete Design Awards. 

Date: Apr 26, 2021 | Author: Molly Haack


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Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association (WRMCA) created a YouTube video for the 38th Annual Concrete Design Awards. Watch the video and/or reference the transcription to learn more about the history showcased in our two-story atrium walls along with the low-maintenance beauty of polished concrete floors.

38th Annual WRMCA Concrete Design Awards | Honoring Excellence in the Use of Ready-mixed Concrete in Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula

The 38th Annual Concrete Design Awards recognizes winning projects that include farms, schools, parking lots and residential and commercial concrete applications. We're proud to acknowledge the team members comprised of owners, architects, engineers, contractors and ready-mixed producers who work diligently on these projects. The Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association and co-sponsors Euclid Chemical, Riv/Crete Ready Mix, Sika Corporation and the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Concrete Institute are proud to announce this year's winners. 

C.D. Smith Construction's new headquarters won in the commercial category. In response to continued growth, it was decided to move the corporate headquarters away from its location of more than eighty years. The 50,000 square foot building offers greater employee amenities, a more collaborative work environment, better highway accessibility for visitors and a wide range of sustainability features. 

Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Assoc Concrete Design Award - Acuity Parking Ramp commercial project C.D. Smith Construction

The concrete walls were built with architectural concrete to showcase a building material that is a large component of the company's business. Self-consolidating concrete was selected using a mix consisting of 846 pounds of cementitious material, ten percent fly ash and forty percent slag. A high range water reducer was used to get the spread up to thirty inches to make the concrete flow as needed. Special pea gravel was used for the coarse aggregate. A viscosity modifier was used to keep the aggregate in suspension and a hydration stabilizer was added to keep the slump consistent. The 28-day breaks came in around 12,000 psi. The main two-story atrium walls and concrete around the entrance were board finished to simulate how concrete was formed in an era dating back to the early twentieth century before plywood and modern metal forming systems were used. Pine boards were placed inside the forms as form liners to get the desired look. This feature is the focal point of the office. 

The concrete floors in the first-floor atrium have a salt-and-pepper finish that exposes the fine aggregate. A special high-gloss sealer was added to create a beautiful low-maintenance floor. In the basement, the concrete floors were ground deeper, exposing more aggregate to provide a second finish option when showcasing the building to clients. Overall, 294 cubic yards of concrete were poured. 

Project team members include owner and contractor, C.D. Smith Construction, concrete supplier Carew Concrete & Supply and architect, Kahler Slater.


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