Indiana University required a specialized, performance-based concrete mix for the new Indiana University (IU) Ferguson International Center building. imi worked alongside the general contractor, architects, and engineers to design a mix that met the requirements and standards of the structural design and architectural team.
An important part of the design process was ensuring that this new structure matched its neighboring limestone buildings. More than 40 trial batches were created by the imi quality team in order to create the best design possible. After various trials, the final mix design was comprised of a 13% reduction in cementitious material and overall a 32% reduction in total cement content. Through the use of local materials, imi successfully matched the existing structures’ colors to those on IU’s campus and led to a $1 million reduction in the project’s overall cost as well as a significantly reduced carbon footprint.
The hard work of the entire construction team paid off; the project won the Indiana Ready-Mix Concrete Association Project of the Year.
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