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Utility Concrete Products recently completed two 16,000 gallon precast septic tanks for the Sanitary Sewer Extension Project in Essex, Illinois. These enormous structures measured 41’-6” x 9’-2” x 8’-0” and weighed 114,000 pounds each. The precast tanks were produced as an alternate option to a fiberglass septic tank design. Precast was a superior option to fiberglass, as UCP’s top-notch production team was able to build these structures as a two-piece (bottom half/top half) system that incorporated a large concrete deadman slab to prevent floating. Typically, the slab is poured separately in the field when a fiberglass tank is used, but precast tanks eliminated that step, and saved the contractor time in the field during installation.

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The multi-colored Noise Abatement Wall pictured below was part of IDOT’s improvements near Moline, Illinois and was comprised of (28) ground mounted panels and (172) structured mounted panels. The structure mounted panels span between two steel beams that are anchored into the retaining wall below through threaded rods that connect to the base plate of the column. The ground mounted panels are also placed between two steel beams, but they are embedded into cast-in-place piers. A ¾” reveal ashlar stone texture with a 12” wide smooth coping along with a custom multi-color paint system was selected by IDOT to simulate limestone masonry.

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The new CTA Washington/Wabash station includes 168 track level precast platforms, that were produced by UCP, which feature a special architectural, deep sandblast finish. Details such as openings for the canopy columns/fire hydrants/wind barrier posts, locations of stainless steel embed plates, and depressions for ADA tactile strips were incorporated into fabrication through extensive communication between UCP and the general contractor. With the elevated station set in the heart of Chicago’s Loop neighborhood on a tight schedule, jobsite conditions favored precast over forming and pouring in place. Opened to the public on August 31, 2017, the new station enhances passenger convenience, improves train speeds, decreases operating costs, and provides ADA accessibility. This is part of CTA’s on-going goal to improve and renovate existing stations in its current system. UCP looks forward to providing many more precast solutions for the ongoing CTA modernization/improvement programs.

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Check out our Summer Newsletter to learn about some of our exciting recent projects, get to know our Shared Services Group, and download a PDF of our new Soundwall Brochure.

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UCP fabricated/delivered its first Eco-Span arch system, which consisted of 7 precast arch structures that were 34’ span x 5’-11 ½” long x 8’-0” tall. These were part of the improvements on IDOT Contract 61D71 and were designed by the Pretek Group. The arch structures were set on top of a CIP foundations to span over the Illinois and Michigan canal in Lockport, Illinois. Through efficient communication between the installer and UCP, the structures were installed within one day. This ultimately saved the installing contractor time and resources. UCP looks forward to providing many more Eco-Span arch systems in the near future.

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UCP recently designed and supplied a precast firewall system. This wall was designed for a minimum fire rating of two hours and consisted of three precast columns and a total of four firewall panels. Unlike typical firewalls that we’ve produced, the aesthetics of this wall were given consideration and the contractor choose a 1.5” ashlar stone texture for the panels and columns along with a gadget gray paint color. A smaller column design was used, which kept the panel to column connection snug, helping with ease of installation for the contractor.

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UCP’s scope of work on ISTHA contract I-14-4642 consisted of fabricating and delivering 20 full depth precast bridge approach slabs. Although the Illinois Tollway has used full depth slabs in the past, what makes this job unique is the extensive testing that is being performed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 44 embedded concrete strain gauges are installed throughout the five slabs at the East approach of the EB lanes. The gauges will be used to gather data on the stresses that the precast slabs undergo once fully installed and opened to traffic. This is part of an ongoing effort from the Tollway to eliminate the stress cracks that occur on the top surface of approach slabs from settlement or lateral movements. It took a team effort and several meetings between the Tollway, the student research team from UIUC, the contractor, and UCP to ensure the testing gauges were properly located and installed.

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We recently produced (34) 30” diameter x 16’ tall precast light pole foundations for the Unilever Drop Lot in Chicago. These are the largest light pole foundations we have made to date, and each one weighed close to 12,000 lbs. Utilizing precast bases rather than pouring these in the field allowed the contractor the ease of same day base and pole installation, with no cure time required.
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Check out our Spring Newsletter to learn about some of our exciting recent projects, get to know our Production Team, download a PDF of our new Precast Product Handbook, or request a hard copy of our Handbook.

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Navy Pier celebrated its 100th birthday in 2016, and has been a center piece of the Chicago tourist industry since its inception. This iconic Chicago landmark is host to over 3 million visitors annually. We at Utility Concrete Products are proud to have been selected to help design, produce, and deliver precast concrete block planters which line the north side of the pier. Two different styles have been incorporated into the project, with one displaying the Navy Pier logo, and the other incorporating the four stars found on the City of Chicago Flag. Navy Pier was originally designed in way which form meets functionality, and it’s evident that this tradition continues with these block planters.

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