With the construction of a state-of-the-art vehicle wash at Stapleton Center in Denver, a Colorado company is bringing a new way to build to the Mountain States.

Denver builder ASLAN Companies is using Octaform, a PVC stay-in-place concrete forming system, to build and finish the walls of a vehicle wash. Not content to rely only on traditional construction methods, it was the company’s spirit of innovation and sustainability that led it to this unique concrete forming technology. “Octaform,“ explains Aaron Voorhees, president of ASLAN, “offers us a way to build better, faster, and stronger for our clients.”

With Octaform, the company assembles PVC walls onsite and fills them with concrete. The built-in finish eliminates the need for further cladding, sealing, or paint and protects the concrete from the corrosive chemicals, moisture, and heat of a modern car wash.

“The watertight finish,” says Voorhees, “gives an unprecedented level of protection to the walls.”

By protecting the integrity of the walls, the product also extends the life of the structure, reducing its long-term carbon footprint.

The benefits

“Durability might not scream ‘green design’ like solar panels or reclaimed lumber, but for us it is huge,” explains Voorhees, “The most sustainable building, after all, is the one still standing.”

Octaform’s ‘green’ benefits don’t stop there. Concrete walls are already known to be very energy-efficient. It reduces the usual carbon footprint of building them by shipping efficiently and eliminating the need for heavy equipment or steel forms. Add to this a bright finish that reduces lighting requirements and LEED points start to add up.

The bright finish of the wall system appealed to Voorhees on a business level too. “A dark, dingy wash bay is just not going to attract customers,” he explains, “With Octaform, those bays will look great for a long time.”

The Autowash at Stapleton is expected to be open in early 2013.