Atlanta Bonded Warehouse

Marietta, GA - 2003

Project Description

The Atlanta Bonded Warehouse group was founded in 1948 by a Peter Paul candy broker to provide protective warehousing to the confectionery industry. Since that time, ABW has grown to include over 2,000,000 square feet of public and contract food-grade temperature-controlled logistics and distribution services across the southeast United States. As a result, the high ADT – Average Daily Traffic – of tractor-trailer loading over 100 vehicles 24/7 – provides great challenges to the ingress and egress and parking lot pavements at the warehouse facilities. In addition, the poor sub-base surrounding the facility at 2500 Cobb International Blvd. is often described as ‘toothpaste’, providing minimal support for the concrete slabs. In 2003, ABW agreed to utilize high volume fiber reinforcement in over 60 cubic yards of replacement pavement. In one critical area surrounding the traffic check-in station, the high-volume fiber-reinforced slab was placed without control joints to help minimize slab movement and possible future curling damage surrounding such joints. For this panel, pavement dimensions were 40 ft. x 70 ft. x 6 in thick, reinforced with 7.5 lbs. / cu. yd. of the 2 ¼” FORTA-FERRO®.


In 2013, after over a decade in service, only one panel area has experienced a crack surrounding a storm-water catch basin, and the panel continues to be very serviceable even with the extremely high ADT loading. The FORTA-FERRO® offered no difficulties during the placement using a vibratory screed, and showed minimal presence in the broom-textured surface finish.

Key Points:

  • Extended Joints
  • Extreme Durability
  • Reduced Curling

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