MIDLAND, Va.–Officials at Smith-Midland® Corporation were the recipients of the prestigious CUP award for a building project completed in Rockville, Maryland.

The company's submission for its SLENDERWALL® Architectural Precast Concrete Panel System, garnered first place in the National Precast Concrete Association's (NPCA) Creative Use of Precast (CUP) Awards program for the Above Ground category. The award was presented at the Salute to Excellence Award Banquet on Saturday, February 9 in Denver, Colorado. The Gala is the closing event for the NPCA Winter Conference.

The CUP Awards Program is an annual competition for NPCA members recognizing projects promoting innovative and cost-saving advantages of precast concrete over competing materials. The ten-story, 274-unit Jefferson at Inigo's Crossing in Rockville, MD, was built with SLENDERWALL® which reduced the cost and duration of the construction project while allowing the new structure to blend in with existing residential buildings located nearby. The building was clad with 106,000 square feet of SLENDERWALL® panels with architectural precast concrete brick second Nature finish and an architectural precast limestone finish.

Smith-Midland® CUP Award

SLENDERWALL® was largely chosen because of the ability to combine the aesthetic qualities of a Class-A brick look with the advantages of a precast panel system. The low-maintenance precast panels weigh substantially less than either traditional precast or brick, with the interior stud wall incorporated into the SLENDERWALL® panel. Additionally, unique features of SLENDERWALL® make the product stand out as being the most cost-effective choice.

SLENDERWALL® is the only wall system that combines four proven components: architectural precast concrete, hot-dipped galvanized welded wire, insulated Nelson® anchors (Thermaguard™), and heavy guage galvanized steel or stainless steel studs, to create a single, efficient exterior wall system for new construction and renovation.

SLENDERWALL® is designed to reduce building foundation and structure costs, shipping and installation costs, and thermal transfer. The design isolates the exterior precast concrete cladding from the structural stresses associated with wind loading, steel frame movement, expansion and contraction and seismic shock.

SLENDERWALL® allows the building frame to move independently of the exterior skin, preserving the structural integrity and water tightness of the wall system.

SLENDERWALL® is a LEED sensitive, compliant product and contributes points to LEED certification. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. All certified projects receive a LEED plaque, which is the nationally recognized symbol demonstrating that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work. SLENDERWALL® is completely recyclable.

Smith-Midland® CUP Award

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 manufacturing facilities located in Midland, Va. and Reidsville, N.C. 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 http://www.smithmidland.com or http://www.slenderwall.com

This article is a press release from Smith-Midland Corporation. It was not written by a member of Masonry Construction magazine.