Stresscon Corporation, one of EnCon Companies fabrication plants, is in the midst of erecting walls for the new Fort Collins Museum and Discovery Science Center. Hensel Phelps, the general contractor for the project is constructing the building for the city of Fort Collins and is using EnCon Companies’ 7 in. thick Structural Plus Walls (cinnamon color) for the shell. The walls, which were manufactured at the Stresscon plant in Dacono, Colorado, consist of 97 individual precast concrete sections, the largest of which is 42 ft tall. They were scheduled to be in place by Jan. 12. However, Stresscon was able to finish installation yesterday; six days ahead of schedule.
The unique building, which will house the museum, is laid out like a piano, according to Project Manager, Mike Rettig.
“The angles of the serpentine walls and shape of the roofline make for some very complex angles, but the use of the walls and the close coordination between trades helped the project avoid field issues,” stated Rettig.
The city of Fort Collins Museum and the non-profit Discovery Science Center, which merged in 2009, are planning on having several exhibits installed in the 47,000-square-foot building shell. These will include the world’s most technologically advanced large-format 360 degree theater, called a digital dome. This will feature interactive educational shows, planetarium-style programs, and movies that will include topics such as science, history, and cultural subjects.