The Assembly Row complex, developed by Federal Realty Investment Trust, features several segments that will add up to more than 600,000 square feet of retail, 1,800 residential units, and 2.8 million square feet of office space. Now underway are segments called Block 5A, the 13-story Alloy Residences & Autograph Collection Hotel, and Block 6, a 20-story, 273-unit apartment building along with a six-story, 174-unit wooden structure and a seven-story, 650-car precast concrete parking structure.
“Hollowcore was specified for the structural flooring systems for a number of reasons for the Block 5A project, several related to the harsh winter conditions that would be prevalent during construction,” explains Jake McManus, project superintendent and Brian R. Knox, senior project manager, both of PROCON Inc., the design-builder on the Block 5A project.Read More
“Hollowcore could be fabricated in a temperature-controlled environment for the Block 5A project, allowing for the erection of the structural planks during the winter months,” they noted. “That led to faster on-site erection time, with quicker floor turnover to the interior/exterior framing contractors. It also provided low floor-to-floor heights. The total floor-assembly depths are far less than could be achieved with conventional structural steel methods.”
Some 1,240 pieces of hollowcore, encompassing 206,000 square feet, were erected for Assembly Row. The hollowcore is 8 inches thick and 8 feet wide, which accommodated a change to the design to angle the wings in the L-shaped building.
“Our 8-foot-wide planks could accommodate the skewed geometry without the need for custom solid wet-cast components,” explains Joe Carrara, director of sales and marketing at JP Carrara & Sons, which fabricated the hollowcore. “The structure relies on the hollowcore to support the exterior perimeter wall system, eliminating the need for steel spandrel beams” he notes. The structural system also uses hollowcore to transfer horizontal diaphragm cord and shear forces via additional prestressing strands and heavy embed-plate assemblies to the structural steel-framing systems.
Similar hollowcore components are being used for the Block 6 housing units, also supplied by Carrara. It features 300,000 square feet of hollowcore in 1,683 pieces. The hollowcore was installed in five months in mid-2016. Here too, the structural system relies on the hollowcore to transfer horizontal diaphragm cord and shear forces via additional prestressing strands and heavy embed-plate assemblies to the steel-framing system.
Sq. Footage: (Assembly Row Block 5A) 206,000SF 8" hollowcore plank (JP Carrara)
Sq. Footage: (Assembly Row Block 6) 300,000SF, 8" hollowcore plank (JP Carrara)
Sq. Footage: Architectural Precast Panels on Block 5A and 6 (BPDL)
Sq. Footage: 7 Story all precast parking (Unistress Corp)
Levels/Floors: (Assembly Row Block 5A) 13-story, 122 high-end condos & 160 hotel guestrooms
Levels/Floors: (Assembly Row Block 6) 20-story, 273-unit apartments
Levels/Floors: 7-story, 650-car precast concrete parking structure