The Fiber Reinforced Concrete Association’s (FRCA) yearly Innovative Fiber Project of the Year (IFPY) award acknowledges and highlights innovative and unique projects that expose and advance the use of fiber-reinforced concrete throughout the U.S. market. This award takes all types of applications into consideration, such as shotcrete, precast, decorative, pervious or slab-on-ground.
The Stealth project submitted by FORTA’s Regional Sales Manager, Tom Baggett, was awarded the 2015 IFPY Award at the FRCA meeting during World of Concrete. This innovative, decorative concrete project gave the Promenade Tower in Atlanta, GA, a unique and artistic focal point for their main entrance. A strong focal point was desired because Promenade Towers shares the same street as the Woodruff Arts Center, an artistic hub with a rich history and expansive community outreach.
Due to the angular slopes and overall nature of Stealth’s design, FORTA-FERRO macro synthetic fiber was used to ensure that the integrity and strength of the concrete would not be compromised. They used a high-dosage of FORTA-FERRO at 5.0 lbs. /cubic yard. Eight tons of rebar were also included in the Stealth project to help maintain the shape.
After wet polishing the entire statue, all leftover fibers were burned off, resulting in a smooth shining black concrete. The Stealth project provides a testament of how well concrete will finish when using a high-dosage of macro synthetic fibers. Fiber-reinforced concrete will provide long-term durability, three-dimensional reinforcement and a cost-effective alternative to conventional steel reinforcement.
This is the second time FORTA has won this award. The last was in 2012, when the
MLK Humboldt Basin project received the award.