CFA Awards

Bontrager Concrete Specialities
1999 Basement of the Year

Bontrager Concrete Specialties, Incorporated of Nappanee, Indiana was announced the winner of the first annual "Basement of the Year" competition (also known as the "Basement from Hell") during the CFA Annual Winter meeting at the All Star Café in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their submittal was selected from foundation projects around the country.

Kevin and Duane Bontrager, co-owners of the company, have been working as poured wall contractors for 33 years. According the them, this was one of the most challenging projects they have completed.

The footings were all 24" thick and 36" wide and sat on top of over 200 wood pilings. The footings needed to be pumped in two separate pours due to the size and inaccessibility of the project. There were 770 lineal feet of formed wall with thicknesses of 8", 10", 12", 14", 16" and 34".

There were numerous other odd forming situations. A couple worth mentioning include the front entry which had 11 foot long wall ties to hold things together; the 27 forty-five degree angle corners of which several had wall thickness changes; and the 38 + ninety degree corners. There were numerous dimensions that were ¼", ½", and ¾" instead of nice even inches. To add interest to the project, a brick ledge went around the entire perimeter of the building.

The project used 460 cubic yards of 4000 psi design concrete on the footings and walls and over 6000 pounds of reinforcing steel.

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