Raised Floor with EPS Geofoam »

Raised Floor with EPS Geofoam

Over 400 precut pieces making up 27 unique shapes of EPS15 Geofoam were provided by Universal Foam Products, along with our steel Leave-In-Place Riser Form System, to create a 17” high raised floor in this bowling alley in Bakersfield, CA. Because each EPS piece was precut and labeled, a minimum of field cutting was required on site.

The steel riser form system, developed by Universal Foam Products to create the tiered seating in theaters and lecture halls, was used to expedite the construction process. The steel forms can be provided straight or curved to meet the design requirements of the project.

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Erich Ferg
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Expanded Polystyrene used in Bridge Construction »

Expanded Polystyrene used in Bridge Construction

EPS products, including flute fillers, Terraflex Elasticized Polystyrene, and EPS Geofoam are used in road and bridge construction throughout the United States. It is used to build up bridge embankments, protect bridge abutments and reduce bridge weight. For this bridge repair project in Baltimore, Maryland the engineer chose EPS39 Geofoam to protect underground utilities because of its light weight (less than 2-1/2 lbs per cubic foot) and because it has the compression strength to handle high volume vehicular traffic. 24,000 cubic feet of 24” x 48” x 96” blocks of EPS39 were cut on site using a Hotwire Bow Cutter and a Geofoam Hotwire Kit provided by Universal Foam Products. The material installed quickly, which helped to reduce the period of road closure.

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Erich Ferg
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Flexible Concrete Forms »

Flexible Concrete Forms

In swimming pool and sprayground construction it is often necessary to form up meandering or curving drains. Forming these curving drains has always been a problem and can be a major expense. Universal Foam Products has developed a flexible, meandering drain block-out system that is economical and versatile. Combining layers of .9 lb EPS and specially designed top and bottom brackets the EPS block-out system can be installed in any configuration by securing it with all thread to horizontal wood braces.

The forming system, consisting of multiple layers of EPS, is easy to shape as you go in any configuration and due to the multiple layers it is easy to remove after the concrete sets.

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Les Rush
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Secant Pile Wall Foundation Construction »

Secant Pile Walls Foundation Construction

Secant pile walls and foundations have several advantages over other more conventionally constructed foundation systems.

1. Secant pile walls can be placed very close to property lines and existing structures.

Since the secant foundation is a true vertical construction method, there is no need to excavate a wide area to install the foundation. Secant pile foundations are drilled straight down and very little area is disturbed except for where the wall itself is being placed.

2. Secant pile foundations are waterproof.
Because the secant wall is made up of overlapping cylindrical piles the finished product is ideal for use in areas where wet soil conditions exist. Although secant pile foundations are usually used to keep water out, in the case of this project in Washington state, the secant foundation was chosen due to its ability to keep water in to create a huge “fish tank” as part of the Cle Elum Dam Fish Passage Facilities. The elliptical shaped area enclosed by the secant walls measures 120’ x 90’ and the secant walls are drilled 119‘ deep.

3. Secant pile foundations can be constructed in most soil conditions.
Secant foundations have been installed in sites ranging from high moisture content to extremely rocky with minimal disturbance to the surrounding area. 4. Secant pile foundations can be very deep. In San Francisco, the 55 story 181 Freemont building is constructed on a secant pile foundation that is over 260’ deep and it sits on a site that measures just 140’ x 140’.

Universal Foam Products will get your next secant pile foundation off to a smooth start with our EPS secant pile forms designed so you can install them quickly and accurately. Shipping from over 60 locations we are probably local to your next project.

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Erich Ferg
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EPS 12 Geofoam Low Cost, Light Weight Void Fill Material »

EPS Geofoam is a low cost light weight void fill material that is specified in construction for three primary applications.

1. Building on poor soil conditions.
When a structure or roadway is to be constructed on soil that cannot support the additional load of the project, the underlying soil can be replaced with EPS Geofoam, weighing up to 100 times less than the weight of the material being removed, making the net additional load of the project the same as or less than the material being removed.

2. Raising the floor elevation in an existing structure.
When occupancy requirements change and elevations need to be modified such as converting a movie theater with a sloped floor to retail space, or raising a recessed lobby, or infilling a swimming pool EPS Geofoam is easy to work with and limits the amount of additional weight added to the structural floor below. EPS Geofoam is also used to create the tiered seating in most new movie theaters built today.

3. Reducing pressure on a vertical wall.
When constructing a retaining wall, or filling against a foundation, or filling against an existing interior wall, EPS Geofoam is used to either greatly reduce the lateral pressure applied by other fill materials or eliminating it all together.

The design professionals for the new Cole Field House practice field at the University of Maryland in College Park needed to fill the void between the structural outer walls and the inner walls facing the field. EPS12 Geofoam was selected due to its light weight, compression strength and low cost. Universal Foam Products provided 3,758 cubic yards of EPS12 Geofoam, precut in various sizes, to minimize cutting on site. The use of the Geofoam eliminated lateral pressure on both walls, which would have been substantial with other fill materials.

EPS Geofoam can be used for many other applications requiring a lightweight material with high compression strength. Contact Universal for your next project. Shipping from over 60 locations we are local to almost everywhere.

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Erich Ferg
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EPS Foam for Swimming Pool Construction »

EPS Geofoam is the preferred void fill material for swimming pool construction in new multistory buildings. The geofoam, in flat and tapered panels, is used to create the slope at the bottom of the pool as well as steps and raised platform areas. If the finished pool is going to be smaller than the “tub” first constructed, the EPS Geofoam is also used to fill the spaces to reduce the length and width of the pool. EPS Geofoam has a good compression strength and is 100 times lighter than other fill material such as stone and organic fill. For this pool in Huntington Beach, CA, on the fourth floor of the Huntington Beach Apartments, EPS22 was used.

When circumstances change and owners of a multistory building determine that the swimming pool is no longer needed, EPS Geofoam is also the material used to fill the pool before pouring a concrete slab to repurpose the space. Using this method, the space can be converted to another use without adding any additional weight to the structure.

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Erich Ferg
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Economical insulation for radiant floors »

2 lb density EPS is an economical insulation for radiant floors. The 2 lb density EPS has an R-Value of 4.35 per inch, so a 2.3” thick panel provides an R-Value of 10. The EPS is typically less expensive than extruded polystyrene and has the same compression strength. In this photo, the contractor in Palmyra, NY, used 175 sheets of EPS to insulate this 5,600 sf building. The PEX tubing is wired to the woven wire, which sits on a poly vapor barrier covering the insulation. Universal Foam Products ships EPS from over 60 locations in the United States.

Styrofoam for set designers »

Sculptors and set designers love using EPS to create rock formations and boulders. This creation was created by the Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA for a production of The Hound of the Baskervilles. You can see the stages of production. Rock formation like this can be found in theaters, amusement parks and swimming pool grottos throughout the United States. For this production, the set designer purchased 24 sheets of 1 lb density EPS 6” x 48” x 96”. EPS blocks are available up to 24’ long in densities from just under 1 lb to 3 lb per cubic foot and ship from over 60 locations nationwide.

How do you build a floating dock? »

How do you build a floating dock?

Most people building a floating dock construct it the same way you build a stationary deck on land. Depending upon the size, it can be framed using pressure treated lumber ranging from 2x4s to 2x10s spaced 16” on center to over 24” on center. The floats can be installed below the joists or can be placed in between the joists. Universal Foam Products has provided both encapsulated floats and un-encapsulated floats for hundreds of docks and swim platforms throughout the United States and Canada.

Floats can be plain EPS (expanded polystyrene) blocks or Top Mount and Flange Mount encapsulated floats, depending upon local codes and restrictions. We can assist in helping you determine what will work best for your project.

This customer in Mechanicville, NY constructed a dock on a private lake using 12 precut blocks of 1 lb density EPS to construct his dock. Universal can assist in the design of your dock to make sure it sits out of the water at the level you want.

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John Tamburo
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Flotation for swim platforms »

Universal Foam Products flotation for docks and swim platforms, shipping from over 80 locations around the United States and Canada.

EPS floats are used for swim platforms and floating docks on private lakes and ponds throughout the United States. If your community association or regulating body requires encapsulated floats we can provide them also. We have both “top mount” and flange mount” floats available. Universal Foam Products provides an online calculator or you can contact us directly to find out what you will need to float your dock. We can assist with the design and offer construction tips to make sure your project goes smoothly. http://universalconstructionfoam.com/tools/floatation-calculator.php

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John Tamburo
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