The QUIKRETE Companies, a manufacturer of pre-blended commercial-grade concrete products for building and rehabilitation projects, recently contributed to the restoration efforts at two water-bound locations along the South Carolina coast. A high-flow, high-strength, shrinkage-compensated concrete delivered through a pump system for exceptional job site performance and efficiency, QUIKRETE Form & Pour was used to make structural repairs to a U.S. Marine Corp Air Station fuel pier in Beaufort, S.C. and a boat landing on Daufuskie Island, S.C.
Originally commissioned in 1943 as Naval Air Station Beaufort, U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort is home to six Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet fighter-attack squadrons and 1,300 active-duty and civilian personal. Nicknamed “Fightertown East,” Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort encompasses 6,900 acres highlighted by a fuel pier on the northeast corner along Harbor River where barges unload fuel for delivery to aircrafts. To make sure this transfer of fuel happens safely and efficiently, Neutek International repaired deteriorated pile caps with nearly 25,000 pounds of QUIKRETE Form & Pour to strengthen the pier. Crews removed damaged concrete, built wooden forms and placed the QUIKRETE Form & Pour from small barges located underneath the pier.
An island between Savannah, Ga. and Hilton Head Island, S.C. about eight square-miles, Daufuskie Island is home to about 250 full-time residents. Rich in Civil War history and recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, Daufuskie Island is only accessible by boat or ferry, so it critical that the primary boat landing on the west side of the island is always safely accessible. Beaufort County, which is responsible for maintenance of the boat landing, had Cape Romain Contractors replace all the slabs and pile caps with more than 1,000-square-feet of QUIKRETE Form & Pour. The challenge of pouring the slabs and pile caps over water required that the QUIKRETE Form & Pour be mixed and delivered from a pump on a floating barge in the water.
QUIKRETE Form & Pour is a factory blended, micro silica enhanced formula of Portland cement, aggregates and chemical admixtures, used in building or repair applications requiring a high-quality concrete with a maximum aggregate size of 3/8”. QUIKRETE Form & Pour is appropriate for vertical and horizontal rehabilitation projects 1-½” to 24” because it can be mixed from a stiff plastic consistency to a free flowing virtually self-consolidating consistency. In addition, QUIKRETE Form & Pour features agents to minimize plastic shrinkage, and an air-entraining additive for freeze-thaw durability that is especially helpful in cold regions of the country. In 28 days, the material achieves 6,500 PSI at a seven- to nine-inch slump and more than 8,000 PSI at a four-inch slump.
QUIKRETE commercial-grade materials have been used on many high-profile, landmark building and refurbishing projects like the Georgia Aquarium, Frank Lloyd Wright House, National Museum of the American Indian, George W. Bush Presidential Center, San Francisco Bay Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Statue of Liberty and U.S. Capitol.