BASF Wins Innovative Fiber Project of the Year Award

BEACHWOOD, OH, April 2, 2018BASF Corporation has received the 2017 Fiber Reinforced Concrete Association’s (FRCA) Innovative Project of the Year award. A panel of independent judges, comprised of professors from the Concrete Industry Management Department of Middle Tennessee State University, awarded BASF first place in the competition’s synthetic fibers category. The organization is focused on furthering the development, knowledge and market of fiber-reinforced concrete to manufacturers, suppliers and marketers within the concrete industry.

BASF won the honor for its work on the expansion of the Palo Verde Water Reclamation Facility in Maricopa, Arizona. The project was underway when ready-mixed concrete producer Arizona Materials contacted BASF seeking assistance in developing an engineered slab solution for Global Water Resources, Inc’s. water clarifying system. The new system would require the reduction of the number of construction and contraction joints, elimination of steel bar reinforcement, and control of concrete cracking induced by temperature and drying shrinkage.

“The FRCA is committed to educating the industry on the advantages of fiber reinforced concrete,” said Dan Vojtko, Product Manager for the Admixture Systems Business of BASF’s Construction Chemicals Division in North America. “This winning project is an ideal example of fiber reinforced concrete and what can be achieved with the BASF Extended Joint Spacing (EJS) system.”

BASF concrete experts evaluated the project and recommended the use of the BASF EJS to address the situation. The EJS system employs an ultra-low fiber-reinforced concrete mixture tailored to a specific project’s required joint spacing combined with sound concreting and construction practices. BASF used its proprietary Master Builders Solutions Intelligent e-Tool – a custom tool enabling individual project analysis and concrete technology solutions – to determine the proper mix of BASF’s MasterFiber® and MasterLife® products to provide an effective and efficient solution for the facility’s construction.

“Partnering with BASF was essential for this particular phase of our project to ensure that the correct additives and fiber technology would be used to achieve our design, deliver performance, meet our timeline and remain within budget goals,” said Ronald Lakefield, Global Water Resources, Inc., Engineering & Construction Manager. “We incorporate the use of fiber-reinforced concrete on many diverse projects in order to meet requirements when standard reinforced concrete mixes and methods fall short. Working with professional, innovative partners like BASF and Arizona Materials lets us leverage technologies that go beyond the status quo.”

BASF experts guided the project’s engineers and concrete contractor and with the BASF EJS system, provided a durable fiber-reinforced concrete system of three 68-foot (20.7-meters) diameter high-performance floor slabs. The slab floor pour time was reduced from two separate pours to one single monolithic pour. In addition to increased concrete placement efficiency, all secondary steel reinforcement was removed. Construction and drying shrinkage joints were also removed, thus eliminating the need for all water stops. The use of the BASF EJS system reduced the total slab construction time by five days.

“Our MasterFiber technologies go beyond the traditional secondary reinforcement of steel, providing increased production efficiency, improved jobsite safety and reduced cost compared to steel, especially now with the potential volatility of steel and aluminum pricing,” said Vojtko.

For additional information on the BASF Extended-Joint Spacing System, product solutions or locate a local BASF representative, visit www.master-builders-solutions.basf.us.

About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 18,200 employees in North America, and had sales of $17.9 billion in 2017. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.com.

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The more than 115,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of €64.5 billion in 2017. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at www.basf.com.

About the Construction Chemicals Division

BASF’s Construction Chemicals division offers advanced chemical solutions under the global umbrella brand Master Builders Solutions for the construction, maintenance, repair and renovation of structures. The brand is built on more than 100 years of experience in the construction industry. Our comprehensive portfolio encompasses concrete admixtures, cement additives, chemical solutions for underground construction, waterproofing systems, sealants, concrete repair & protection systems, performance grouts, performance flooring systems, tile-fixing systems, expansion joints & control systems and wood protection solutions.

The Construction Chemicals division’s approximately 6,000 employees form a global community of building experts. To solve our customers’ specific construction challenges from conception through to completion of a project, we draw on our specialist know-how, regional expertise and the experience gained in countless constructions projects worldwide. We leverage global BASF technologies and our in-depth knowledge of local building needs to develop innovations that help make our customers more successful and drive sustainable construction.

The division operates production sites and sales offices in more than 60 countries and achieved sales of about €2.3 billion in 2016.