New Plant of the Year: Self-compacting Concrete Speeds Project

April 16, 2003
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
Pre-cast concrete construction is widely used for food plants, but the technique leaves pock marks that serve as excellent nesting places for insect larvae. For the Tolleson plant, concrete specialists at Younglove Construction Co. recommended using self-compacting concrete to eliminate the bug-hole problem and speed completion.

Self-compacting concrete relies on super-plasticizers in the mix to create concrete weighing two tons per cubic yard. Beefy metal forms are required, and the engineered panels must be pre-cast off site. For the Tolleson project, Younglove relied on Coreslab Structures Inc. in Phoenix to deliver 360 panels measuring up to 10 ft. by 65 ft.

With traditional doube T-roof construction, a haunch is created, providing a ledge for dirt and dust to settle. The tops of self-compacting panels were notched and dovetailed with the roof panels, eliminating the haunch, according to Younglove project superintendant Steve Johanson. “The panels cost more, but the labor savings in not having to fill pockets more than compensated,” he says. The self-leveling pre-cast panels only required caulking to complete.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food Engineering Magazine.

Recent Articles by Kevin Higgins, Senior Editor

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Fabulous Food Plant: Paramount Citrus

Learn more about this fabulous food plant in Food Engineering's article, found here.


Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
More Podcasts


Food Engineering Magazine

Food engineering magazine 2014 april cover

2014 April

Catch a preview of the Powder and Bulk Show in this April 2014 edition of Food Engineering. Also, be sure to check out a coffee stick making a real stir and a major advancement in the the pet food industry.
Table Of Contents Subscribe


Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

Food Master

Food Master Cover 2014Food Master 2014 is now available!


Where the buying process begins in the food and beverage manufacturing market. 

Visit to learn more.


FE recent tweets