EFCO Chosen for Safety & Efficiency
Silverado Canyon, California
EFCO Provides a Safe Formwork Solution
EFCO partnered with HBA, Incorporated to successfully complete St. Michael’s Abby Bell Tower in Silverado Canyon, California. This US$120M project includes a church, convent, monastery, burial chapel, and bell tower. Several EFCO systems were engineered to increase productivity, safety, and efficiency and provide the project’s best value and lowest in-place concrete costs.
EFCO systems used:
- E-BEAM® & SUPER STUD® Wall Gangs
- GUIDED RAIL SYSTEM®
- Flipper Lock Platforms
- Manual Retractable Corners
Formwork Easily Reconfigured
The 108′ (33 m) tall bell tower was completed in six lifts of approximately 18′ (5.5 m) each. The HBA/EFCO team faced the unique challenge of needing a formwork solution that formed a pilaster in one of the corners for the first two lifts only. The forms were designed in a windmill configuration that enabled the exterior formwork to be easily adjusted after the first two lifts as the concrete dimensions changed.
Later in production, EFCO provided six-foot tall exterior scaffold posts to support contractor-supplied netting, ensuring contractor safety. On the inside gangs, the Flipper Deck system was raised with the interior formwork, keeping the tower’s interior completely decked off at all times. Plywood-faced E-BEAM & SUPER STUD formwork was desired, such as window block outs and reveals could be easily attached. EFCO’s Retractable Combination Bias Corners were used on the interior to enable the forms to be easily stripped manually without ever coming apart.
Contact our LOS ANGELES office today
14562 San Bernardino Ave,
Fontana, CA 92335
Phone: (714) 694-0244
Elias Aguayo, General Foreman
Gerry Pyle, CEO
Daniel Jimenez, Project Manager
EFCO FORMWORK SPECIALISTS–LOS ANGELES
Cody O’Neil, EFCO Sr. Territory Manager
Kris Aguilar, EFCO Field Supervisor
Kyle Hamilton, EFCO Engineer
We liked working with EFCO because they provided a turn-key formwork system. The bell tower had changed dimensions as the tower went up, including a pilaster in one of the exterior corners for the first two lifts. After the first two lifts, the pilaster disappeared, and the E-BEAM & SUPER STUD panels easily adjusted to form these changing shapes. We also were impressed with how plumb, square, and straight the system remained.
-Daniel Jimenez, Project Manager