Efficient Construction: EFCO’s E-BEAM & SUPER STUD System for Secure Cast-in-Place Concrete Walls 

Palmetto, Georgia

Cast-in-Place Concrete Walls for Extra Security

Microsoft recently contracted the construction of a massive 250,000 sq ft (23,225 m2) data center in Palmetto, Georgia. The project included constructing cast-in-place concrete walls surrounding the Microsoft Data Center site. North Georgia Concrete, the project sub-contractor, approached EFCO for a formwork solution that would allow for quickly and efficiently pouring concrete walls of various heights. EFCO proposed using gangs of the E-BEAM & SUPER STUD system due to its flexibility, efficiency, and ability to cycle quickly, a critical factor considering the project’s tight deadline.

Adaptability of E-BEAM and SUPER STUD

The E-BEAM & SUPER STUD system’s adaptability allowed for the formwork to be easily reconfigured to the heights required between 13 ft (4.0 m) and 18 ft (5.5 m). North Georgia Concrete was able to quickly assemble the 19 ft (5.8 m) tall by 24 ft (7.3 m) wide gangs and pour 90 feet (27.4 m) of wall at a time while simultaneously setting and tying the rebar for the next 90 feet (27.4 m) of concrete. They would then ‘hopscotch’ the formwork from the front end of the previous gang to begin the new section. EFCO Rugged Taper Ties support up to a 30-kip (133.4 kN) load without sleeves, setting them apart from other systems. Greasing the tie before concrete placement and leveraging the tapered shaft design will make removal effortless the following day. This design feature enables greater tie spacing compared to ganged handset systems of comparable weight. Such flexibility in tie spacing proves advantageous, especially when precise architectural tie spacing and finish are needed.  

The E-BEAM & SUPER STUD system’s adaptability allowed for the formwork to be easily reconfigured to match the varied heights of the walls, ranging in height from 13' to 18'.

Super Service at its Finest

EFCO’s Super Service paved the way for a successful project outcome with Sydney Dudley, EFCO’s local Field Supervisor; Jonathan Sims, the local Territory Manager; and Jack Barry, the local Territory Manager in-Training, frequently meeting with the contractors to review project drawings, adjusting as necessary to accommodate needed modifications. They also supported the system’s erection by providing training and coaching, and staying onsite for the initial pour to ensure all went as planned. 

Why North Georgia Concrete Chose EFCO 

North Georgia Concrete’s decision to partner with EFCO was driven by the superior quality and efficiency offered by their formwork solutions. By choosing EFCO’s E-BEAM & SUPER STUD system, they not only met but exceeded their project goals, completing the construction two months ahead of schedule. EFCO’s Super Service helped North Georgia Concrete achieve the lowest in-place concrete cost for the project and as a first time EFCO formwork user, have now become advocates of using EFCO products in the future.  



One of the best formwork systems I have used in the past few years. If I had to do this project again, I would use EFCO’s E-BEAM & SUPER STUD system again with no second thoughts.

-Abel Vasquez, Project Superintendent




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This project was provided by EFCO Atlanta

1545 Henrico Road
Conley, GA 30288-1298

Phone: (404) 243-5400



North Georgia Concrete, Inc. TEAM

Abel Vasquez, Project Superintendent



Jonathan Sims, Territory Manager

Sidney Dudley, Field Supervisor

Colin McBride, Engineer

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