Concrete Design AwardOn February 7, 2019, Point Ready Mix, along with The Boldt Company and other project team members, was awarded a 2019 WRMCA (Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association) Concrete Design Award for the Carthage College Residential Tower project in Kenosha, WI. The project won for the Education, Healthcare & Public category. The Concrete Design Award Ceremony took place at the annual WRCMA Technical Workshop held at Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

Carthage College Residential Tower

The Carthage College Residential Tower Project is a 9 story, 50,000 sqft residence hall, housing 126 students, located on the shore of Lake Michigan in Kenosha. 3,523 cubic yards was used to complete the project in July of 2018. The Tower connects two existing residence halls, providing beautifully designed suite-style rooms, while tripling the amount of common space on campus.

The project utilized an 8” two-way flat plate floor design to maximize the available floor to deck height. Available vertical space was highly constrained to allow the tower to connect with the adjacent residence halls. Both existing halls were constructed in the 1970s and have a very low floor to floor height by modern standards.

The tower project utilized several mix designs, including 4000 psi footings and slabs on grade, 5000 psi columns, shear walls, beams, foundation walls, and floor slabs. Mix designs were adjusted throughout the year as the structure was completed through the harsh winter, with sitework completed in late spring. Site concrete included a terraced seat step retaining wall and fire access drive around the property, with pigments being used in decorative bands.

Part of the unique project aesthetics include residence rooms featuring exposed concrete ceilings and columns, while lounge spaces also include exposed walls and beams. Unique care was taken through the forming systems, mix design, and pre-coordination of mechanical sleeves and embedded conduits to produce a strikingly clean final surface, left exposed with only a simple acid wash.

“The Century House”, Pleasant Prairie, WI

Project Team Members receiving Concrete Design Award, On right - Steve Fleming, Point Ready Mix QC Director

Project Team Members

  • Owner: Carthage College
  • Contractor:The Boldt Company
  • Concrete Supplier: Point Ready Mix
  • Architect:Workshop Architects
  • Engineer: GRAEF