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Alchemco: Good News for Failing US Infrastructure

February 14, 2021



Alchemco: Good News for Failing US Infrastructure



Alchemco – an acknowledged leader in concrete waterproofing systems, continues to grow its presence in the global infrastructure marketplace.



The BridgeDECK product line, is the latest addition to Alchemco’s growing array of products, designed to increase the durability and sustainability of concrete structures. Using its award-winning biochemically modified technology, Alchemco is introducing two cost effective products developed to provide 15 – 20 years of surface protection for concrete bridges … as well as a system designed to ‘fully waterproof’ the concrete matrix beneath the bridge’s surface for a minimum of 25 years.

These new BridgeDECK products: PROtectant, PROtectant Plus, and Waterproofing Agent provide long-term protection for concrete bridge surfaces, with a minimum of disruption to traffic flow – due to the fast and easy application of all three products.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer our unique technology to the city, county, state and federal highway markets in the United States and overseas. This technology will help the U.S. and many other countries make their infrastructure last decades longer.” says Mario Baggio, Alchemco CEO.

Alchemco’s well-proven, proprietary biochemical technology has been protecting a wide range of exposed concrete structures since 1975, in over 75 countries around the globe. These products are spray-applied, and penetrate below the surface of the concrete to create a continuous barrier to moisture penetration. This technology has the unique ability to seal existing cracks in structural concrete. Preventing the water and chemicals from penetrating into the concrete helps prevent the premature deterioration of the structure. In addition to that, this formula remains reactive inside the concrete and can seal future cracks (cracks that happen after the application).

All of the state D.O.T.’s can now have an affordable long-term solution to preserve, protect and waterproof their concrete bridges and tunnels. These products are ideal for bridge construction, major highway projects and other large-scale roadway infrastructure applications.

The high level of performance provided by these materials allows Alchemco to provide an extended warranty (15 – 25 years). There is a significant advantage realized by the D.O.T.’s, by not having to repeatedly close their bridges down to traffic, in order to reapply or maintain the short-term water retardant materials they’ve used in the past.

These newly introduced BridgeDECK products are all VOC-free, with a service life of between 15 and 25 years, and are potable water safe (passed NSF-61 certification at Underwriters Laboratories).

The addition of the BridgeDeck line to the Alchemco portfolio helps maintain its leadership as an innovator in the global construction market, while helping governments to protect their country’s valuable infrastructure assets.

About Alchemco Global

Alchemco products are used on projects throughout North America, as well as on five different continents. In 2018, Alchemco acquired the formulas & assets of TechCrete, LLC. – a creator and manufacturer of superior waterproofing products that have protected concrete structures around the world for the past 40+ years in 75 countries.

One of the company’s most unique product offerings, ‘TechCrete 2500 Waterproofing Agent’ won the ‘2020 Most Innovative Product Award’ at the World of Concrete Convention in Las Vegas, NV last February.

Bomel Construction Co. Inc: $80-million Advanced Care Center Opens in South Bay

April 09, 2019




Bomel Construction Co. Inc: $80-million Advanced Care Center Opens in South Bay




  • A 461-stall parking structure complements a 106,000-square-foot facility that includes a City of Hope cancer treatment center.



TORRANCE, Calif., ––With medical professionals working inside to treat patients, visitors to a new clinic on Torrance Boulevard will feel better knowing they don’t have to search long or far to find a place to park.

Providence Little Company of Mary’s Advanced Care Center, a 106,000-square-foot facility, recently opened with a 461-stall parking structure on a compact 6.7-acre site, the former home of a daily newspaper.

Meeting a growing demand

The $80-million clinic in Torrance consists of 46 exam rooms, five surgical suites, advanced diagnostic and treatment modalities and a 25,000-square-foot City of Hope cancer treatment center located on the ground level.

Programs in the new building include an orthopedic institute, genetic testing and counseling, a women’s breast center, outpatient imaging center and ambulatory surgical center. Rehabilitation services include aquatic, cardiac, hand, occupational, orthopedic, physical, pulmonary and speech therapy.

“The nation faces a growing demand for oncology care at a time of increasing complexity of treatment, increased demand and rising costs,” said Harlan Levine, M.D., said president of strategy and business ventures at City of Hope. “We want to ensure patients have the premier care they deserve and still be close to home.”

Gary Olney, interim chief executive of Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers, said: “The opening of the City of Hope cancer center signifies a pivotal development in health care services for our South Bay communities as our two organizations work to improve patient outcomes.”

Praise for parking structure

Irvine, Calif.-based Snyder Langston Inc. was the general contractor for the three-story clinic and five-level garage. Bomel Construction Co. Inc., also based in Irvine, served as the garage’s concrete, rebar and masonry subcontractor to Snyder Langston.

Scott Butcher, who managed the project’s completion for Snyder Langston, praised Bomel’s team.

“Everyone was easy to deal with,” he said. “The schedule was hit with ease, which with a complex project like this, is a nice result.

“There were minor punch items, which is always a good thing and a reflection of quality work. The personnel in the office was easy and enjoyable to deal with.”

Unlike many ground-up projects, where Bomel wraps up its work before construction of an adjacent building gets underway, construction on the clinic began before Bomel’s work started, creating a congested construction zone. Multifamily complexes on three sides border the parking structure’s 4-acre footprint.

The parking structure’s slab is slightly below grade, a strategy used to lower the garage’s overall profile due to its location in a residential neighborhood. The entrance and exit to the garage are on its south side. A driveway separates the clinic from the garage. A surface parking lot is also on campus.

Project leaders

Bomel’s project team was led by Bill Godwin, project executive; Frank Bruce, project manager; Garret Hoffman, project engineer; Joe Crook, superintendent; Mike Alexander, formwork superintendent; Kirk Huffman, general superintendent and Michele Huff, project assistant.

Choate Parking Consultants was the architect. Ficcadenti Waggoner and Castle was the structural engineer.

Bomel received compliments by another Snyder Langston project manager for its performance during the entire job.

“Bomel has been outstanding since day one of this project,” Chad Divine said when construction of the parking structure was in its early stages.

“The team has been proactive in resolving issues, whether it be schedule or design. Quality and professionalism are top notch all around––a true trade partner.”

Bomel Construction and Snyder Langston worked together to erect the largest office building completed in Orange County in 2017. Called The Boardwalk, Bomel served as Trammell Crow’s general contractor for the eight-level, 2,170-stall parking garage and subcontractor to Snyder Langston, the general contractor for the 545,000-square-foot Class A office building. Bomel’s scope of work on the building included structural concrete and placing and finishing concrete on the metal decks.




McCarthy Appoints Mike Benford as Director of Business Development, Southern Region

February 26, 2019




McCarthy Appoints Mike Benford as Director of Business Development, Southern Region




DALLAS—February 26, 2019 McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Southern Region has appointed Mike Benford to Director of Business Development. In this role, Benford is responsible for commercial business development as well as the civil and transportation market across the region. Specifically, he will focus on aviation, parking structures, site civil, transportation and general commercial construction.



Benford brings over a decade of experience in the construction industry and has worked with McCarthy for more than five years, proving himself on the job site and working his way up from a project engineer to project director. Benford applies hands-on, in the field experience to working with clients and expanding business. Prior to joining McCarthy’s Southern Region, he served as Director of Business Development for the Southern California Region. He was responsible for leading initiatives for the commercial business unit and parking structures group, working across numerous markets including entertainment, transportation, private development as well as science and technology.


“Mike’s previous experience within McCarthy and exemplary talent will be beneficial to the growth and success of our Southern Region within aviation, commercial design-build, civil and transportation markets,” said McCarthy Southern Region President, Ray Sedey. “We are excited to welcome Mike to the team.”


Benford earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Psychology from the University of Southern California. He is a member of the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA), the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and is a mentor for high school students through the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) mentorship program.


About McCarthy


McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 14th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2018). With approximately 3,700 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.



March 01, 2018




Warning About Potentially Dangerous Parking Garages


ST. PAUL, Minn., February 28, 2018—Jason Reigstad, Vice President of Special Projects at Reigstad Engineers, Inc., is the only engineer in Minnesota to be selected as one of the top newsmakers of 2017 through the national publication, Engineering News-Record. Reigstad and other newsmakers of 2017 will be honored at the 2018 ENR Award of Excellence Celebration at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York, N.Y. April 5-6, 2018.

Reigstad was selected for this prestigious honor for his investigative work regarding a possible danger hiding in over 100 precast concrete parking garages across the United States as there have been failures in at least three garages. The issue lies within a problematic product these garages have in common called C-Grid, a grid of high-strength carbon-fiber reinforced polymer (FRP).

“I am thrilled to be selected for this award, says Reigstad. “Determining that this FRP product has been under-designed by nearly a factor of four in these garages is crucial to not only changing how parking garages are built but also fixing current garages to eliminate the possibility of injuries. This is a life-safety issue.”

Initially, Reigstad investigated two separate failures involving C-Grid in Cherokee, N.C. and after conducting a survey to determine how many other garages used the product, began contacting the parties involved to ensure knowledge of this deficiency.

Individuals for top newsmakers of the year are selected by ENR editors and chosen for their outstanding accomplishments, exceeding expectations that benefits the industry and the public.

Established in 1979, Reigstad Engineers, Inc. is a structural engineering firm headquartered in St. Paul, Minn. Reigstad’s goal is to provide safe, efficient and economical designs tailored to our clients’ needs. For more information about Reigstad Engineers, Inc. visit www.reigstad.com or to learn more about ENR and Reigstad’s story, visit https://www.enr.com/articles/43815-sounding-the-alarm-about-problematic-parking-garages.

Toyota of Downtown Los Angeles: Bomel Construction completes versatile parking structure

February 01, 2018




Toyota of Downtown Los Angeles: Bomel Construction completes versatile parking structure




LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1, 2018––A five-level parking structure recently completed for Toyota of Downtown Los Angeles is serving the business in multiple ways.



The basement level is for vehicle maintenance and repairs. The showroom is inside a portion of the parking structure’s ground level, which is designated for customer parking. There is a small amount of parking on the first two above-grade levels. The top level will be used to park inventory.

The parking structure measures 386 feet by 154 feet and is 41-feet, 11-inches tall at the roof level parapets. Most cars will enter or exit from Washington Boulevard or Figueroa Street. A third gateway will be on a side street called Lovelace Avenue.

Irvine, Calif.-based Bomel Construction erected the 196-stall parking structure for general contractor ConAm Building. Trammell Crow was the developer of the entire 290,000-square-foot project.

In addition to the parking structure, ConAm Building was responsible for the construction of the new 22,600-square-foot, two-story showroom; wholesale and retail parts boutique and 40-car-bay, below-grade service department. The entire facility opened in November.

Officials with Trammell Crow say the new location is expected to serve as a prototype for urban dealerships, vertically integrating its uses to maximize efficiency. For example, the dealership features a double-height showroom and has a façade that meets the sidewalk.

In addition to working so close to the busy Washington-Figueroa intersection, Bomel Construction, widely regarded as the dean of parking structure construction in the West, had the challenge of working on a small site when it began construction in September 2016. Unlike suburban dealerships that occupy many times the acreage, the Toyota site was comparatively tiny at 1.6 acres.

Ryan Hill, vice president of ConAm Building, said he appreciated the depth of experience and cooperation that Bomel brought to the project.

“Bomel was awesome to work with on the parking structure portion,” he said. “It couldn’t have gotten any better having them out there.”

Alex Matranga, Bomel’s project manager, said the feeling was mutual. “ConAm gave us the flexibility to schedule and do things the way we like to do it,” he explained. “ConAm wanted to help us in any way they could. It was a good back-and-forth relationship.”

In addition to Matranga, the Bomel team included Bill Godwin, project executive; Dan Landini, project superintendent and Tim Brown, formwork superintendent.



ABOUT BOMEL: Established in 1970, Irvine, Calif.-based Bomel Construction Co. Inc. is widely regarded as the dean of parking structure construction in the West. Bomel-built parking structures are located at a wide range of venues, including airports, car dealerships, casinos/hotels, colleges, malls, mass transit stations, office buildings, regional retail-entertainment centers and universities. From fourth quarter 2017 to fourth quarter 2018, the company will have recently completed, be well underway or beginning the construction phase for at least 20 parking structures in California. Bomel Construction is ranked number 117 on Engineering News-Record magazine’s current list of the 600 largest specialty contractors based in the United States. In addition to its Irvine headquarters, Bomel has regional offices in Carlsbad, Calif., and Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, visit www.bomelconstruction.com or call (714) 921-1660.






V2 Composites’ New Website Offers Easy Navigation, Fresh New Look

December 17, 2015


V2 Composites

V2 Composites, Inc.® launches newly designed corporate website that highlights the two divisions within V2 – structural and composite reinforcement, providing visitors with quick and easy access to the information they are seeking.

AUBURN, Alabama – V2 Composites, Inc. recently launched a new corporate website – www.v2composites.com – featuring a refreshed design that provides quick and easy access to information on their high-performance fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) systems used in both structural and composite reinforcement applications. The new website highlights the two divisions within V2 – structural and composite reinforcement, providing visitors with a clearly defined path to the information they are seeking.

V2’s StructureWrap™ composite systems and products are used for a variety of applications, which are each detailed on their own page. In addition to the comprehensive product and system information, the pages also feature an information request form that can be used to quickly and easily submit questions and comments. The composites section of the website is similar in that the versatile line of composites products are each detailed on their own page.

“The new website was truly designed with the customer in mind. The last thing we want is for our customers to be frustrated when they can’t find the information they are looking for. We pride ourselves on the customer support we provide on a daily basis and wanted our website to reflect a similar standard of service,” said Kevin Horne, president of V2 Composites.

There is also a project section dedicated to showcasing V2’s wide range of capabilities and expansive project experience. The new site is mobile friendly, allowing engineers and contractors access to V2 resources from tablets and phones in the field.

V2 Composites, Inc. designs and fabricates some of the industry’s strongest and most versatile composite reinforcement solutions, providing superior strength and flexibility vital in the construction of FRP components used in bridges, high-rise buildings, airplanes, boats and various other applications. V2 uses a unique stitch-bonded, multiaxial construction in the manufacture of their non-crimp reinforcement fabrics and FRP components, leading to maximum strength and unparalleled structural integrity. Through innovative technology and improved manufacturing processes, V2 offers cost-effective, custom-stitched composite solutions tailored to achieve the unique performance requirements of every project. V2 Composites, headquartered in Auburn, Ala., is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company.

For more information, visit www.v2composites.com or call 334.502.3000.