Unique geometrical shapes create a great looking installation
The Eisenhower Avenue sound wall is located in Alexandria, Virginia. In coordination with GeoStructures, Smith-Midland Corporation provided the design, fabrication, and installation of a soundwall at the perimeter for this project. The upscale town home living complex is located at 2900 Eisenhower Avenue. Smith-Midland worked to install 10,000 feet of reflective pre-cast noise wall created with Gladstone rib form liners.
Challenges of this project included creating a nice-looking sound wall, as it is behind a WMATA rail yard, and acquiring WMATA approval of the sound wall construction.
The sound-wall borders the WMATA railyard and construction was within the influence of train tracks. Therefore, wall design and approval were governed by the WMATA Adjacent Construction Project Manual. GeoStructures and Smith-Midland worked closely with HITT Contracting to obtain the required permits.
This required submitting work plans and crane lift plans which were reviewed by WMATA. Before construction could proceed, there were two on-site meetings with WMATA to review construction methods and safety. During construction a WMATA representative was on site daily, to coordinate crane operations with passing rail traffic. Regarding aesthetics of the sound wall, a ribbed form liner finish on the residential side and a rake finish on the WMATA side was used. The colored concrete mix and a light acid etching was applied to the residential side panels for a rustic look.
By combining special aggregates with cement as a binder, in a specific and exacting process, Smith-Midland’s sound wall material surpasses other combinations in durability, acoustics, thermal, strength and moldability. Smith-Midland provides assistance in installation techniques, as well as overseeing component assembly, which ensures the most efficient way to optimize quality and product performance. Smith-Midland sound wall products come in standard, custom and highly intricate designs, varying textures and different colors to meet specific architectural requirements.
Other who participated in this sound wall build include Rushmark Properties of Falls Church, Virginia; HITT Contracting, Inc. of Falls Church, Virginia; Hord Coplan Macht, LLC of Baltimore, Maryland; and ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC of Chantilly, Virginia.