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Smith-Midland’s Largest Contract in History Uses New Softsound Product

SMC completed construction of precast concrete Soundwall along a new highway in Montgomery County, Maryland east of MD 97 to west of US 29 (the Intercounty Connector). The MD 200 Constructors project is worth more than $7.8 million making it the largest contract in SMC’s 49 year history.

The project included 607,000 sq. ft. of noise barrier panels on the new Intercounty Connector highway between Rockville and Silver Spring, Maryland. The highway will help reduce traffic on the I-495 Beltway in the D.C. area.

The Soundwall panels will be made with SMC’s newly developed Softsound material, a light-weight sound absorptive concrete with multiple finishes, including random cut stone and fractured granite. By combining special aggregates with cement as a binder in a specific and exacting process, SoftSound creates a material that surpasses any other combination of durability, acoustics, thermal, strength and moldability.

According to Matthew Smith, VP, Sales and Marketing, “SoftSound is our latest technological development, keeping SMC/Easi-Set on the leading edge with new products and applications. We are ready to share this new technology with other precasters worldwide through Easi-Set Industries, our licensing subsidiary.”

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