April 4, 2009

SlenderWall plays role in NAIOP Award Winning Westfield Office Park

Midland, VA - Smith-Midland Corporation, the manufacturer of the SlenderWall architectural precast concrete panel system, announces its involvement in the construction of Northridge at Westfield Office Park, awarded the 2007 National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Award of Merit for the Best Speculative Building R & D for Phase I of the project. NAIOP awards recognize significant new contributions to Northern Virginia by the commercial and industrial real estate community at a black-tie gala held in November 2007.


Smith-Midland was chosen to fabricate and install traditional architectural precast concrete panels as well as the SlenderWall panels for the construction for the three Northridge at Westfield office buildings located in Fairfax, Virginia. The Northridge contract was worth over $1.7 million.

The Northridge project involved three separate office buildings, each one level high bay flex office and industrial buildings. Finished in late 2007, the project used 386 SlenderWall panels with “Second Nature™” architectural precast concrete brick finish totaling 66,296 square feet. The buildings were also designed with knock-out panels so the owner could change the building’s configuration in the back of the building. The knock-outs could be removed providing flexibility for the potential tenants to customize the space to their needs such as openings for garage doors or additional office storefront windows.

Smith-Midland was honored to be a part of the construction team along with owner, Duke Realty Corporation; architect, Architecture Incorporated; and general contractor, Trinity Group Construction.

SlenderWall combines time-proven components to create a permanent, light weight wall system for both new construction and recladding projects. Architectural precast concrete, insulated Nelson anchors and heavy-gauge stainless or galvanized steel studs create a single, efficient exterior wall system with unlimited design freedom. Due to the exclusive Lift-and-Release panel landing system of SlenderWall , installation time and costs can be reduced by 50%.

Architectural Precast Concrete Brick, or Second Nature, is the only “Class A” Architectural Precast Concrete Brick finish with the quality level necessary for “Class A” commercial projects. It features no leaking brick joints.

Only SlenderWall offers the latest DuraFlex 360° technology. This technology is the only 2” wall connection system that meets AAMA 501.4-2000, the Interstory Differential Movement vertical and horizontal displacement test. DuraFlex 360° allows isolation from the exterior precast concrete skin and the structural stresses associated with wind loading, steel frame movement, expansion & contraction and seismic shock.

Smith-Midland Corporation is a publicly traded company (OTC BB: SMID, SMIWC; Boston Stock Exchange: SMM, SMM/W). Smith-Midland develops, manufactures and sells a broad array of precast concrete products for use primarily in the construction, transportation and utilities industries. Smith-Midland has two manufacturing facilities located in Midland, Virginia and Reidsville, North Carolina. Easi-Set Industries, a wholly owned subsidiary of Smith-Midland Corporation, licenses the production of Smith-Midland developed products around the world. For more information please call (540) 439-3266 or visit www.slenderwall.com or www.smithmidland.com.

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