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Fibrebond Erects 22 Modules for Webster Parish School

Fibrebond Erects 22 Modules for Webster Parish School

Published Wednesday, August 10, 2011 9:00 am

MINDEN, La. – Fibrebond Corporation, a Webster Parish-based construction and manufacturing company, erected a 22 module classroom addition on Aug. 3-5 at J.A. Phillips Middle School in Minden. The 5,804sf addition, constructed using precast concrete modules, includes 4 classrooms, 2 restrooms, 2 teacher work rooms and 2 faculty restrooms. The project was approved by the Webster Parish School Board on May 16, and the districtopted to use Fibrebond's construction method because it was cost effective and allowed for the project to be completed in a timely manner.

"Given the recent restructuring of Webster Parish schools, J.A. Phillips Middle School had to be completed under a tight timeline," said Todd Walker, Fibrebond's CEO and President. "Fibrebond's unique construction method allowed the project to be completed on schedule and provided a sustainable, cost effective solution.

Because Fibrebond buildings are manufactured simultaneously with site work, projects can often be completed 30 to 50 percent faster than conventional construction. Fibrebond coordinated with general contractor RDS Construction, LLC., of Natchitoches, and architects Yeager, Watson and Associates, Inc., of Alexandria, to ensure fast-tracked production of the campus addition. Despite temperatures soaring into triple digits every day, Fibrebond modules were offloaded and erected in three days, keeping the project on schedule.

Several school board members and local dignitaries attended the building erection, including Mayor Bill Robertson, Webster Parish School Board's Interim Superintendent Jackie Sharp, Secondary Supervisor Morris Busby, Director of Business & Finance Crevonne Odom and Supervisor of Child Welfare & Attendance Kevin Washington.

Having completed numerous K-12 education projects in Texas, members of the Fibrebond team were especially pleased to provide a new facility in Webster Parish, where the business is based.

"Fibrebond is proud to have a school that we built here in our own community," said Neal Blackketter, Fibrebond's Director of Construction.

J.A. Phillips Middle School's addition will provide students with much needed classroom space and a quieter, more durable learning environment. Insulated concrete walls create better acoustical performance and reduce hallway noise. Precast concrete is also naturally durable providing immense resistance to storm damage and less prone to daily wear and tear. Fibrebond precast concrete buildings are designed to withstand up to 140 mph windloads and are naturally resistant to fire, mold, mildew and termites.

Founded in 1982, Fibrebond has grown from a small manufacturer of concrete buildings used in microwave communications into a sophisticated, cutting-edge manufacturer of concrete structures for the telecommunications, education and corrections markets. Fibrebond's custom prefinished concrete buildings are manufactured in a controlled environment at our state-of-the-art facility and then delivered to the site for completion. This innovative process accelerates construction schedules, improves quality, customization and sustainability.