Design Flexibility and Construction Efficiency: accel-E® Systems|
When Alex E. Toye, AIA of ATA Architects of North Kansas City used accel-E®
Systems to address the issue of a sloping site at the new No Frills Supermarket,
he didn’t know at the time he specified the system it would also help the
construction schedule with the coming harsh snowstorms in November and December
“If we would of had an extra two weeks of good weather at the end of November
and beginning of December the shell would have been enclosed much quicker,”
Even with the harsh weather the accel-E® S.T.E.P. system kept the project on
track. The accel-E® can shorten a project’s construction cycle by as much as 66%
compared to standard wall construction.
“The system goes up faster than conventional construction techniques when staged
right from the plant. We also liked the fact that electrical and plumbing
rough-ins were just like conventional construction. With other thermal wall
composite panels on the market a hot knife has to be used to melt the insulation
away to install plumbing or electrical pipes or boxes. With accel-E there is no
extra steps to take and the MEP wall rough in can be started as soon as the
panels are set, plumbed and secured”, said project manager John Maderak, of
Darland Construction of Omaha, Nebraska the general contractor for the project.
Specially designed to maximize building efficiency, the accel-E® Steel Thermal
Efficient Panel (S.T.E.P.) by SYNTHEON Inc.™ is a lightweight, easy-to-install,
high performance wall system that shortens construction time, optimizes crew
use, greatly improves energy efficiency in one installation process. The secret
behind the exceptional construction efficiency of the accel-E® STEP panel is an
exclusive manufacturing process that combines the strength and performance of
cold-formed steel framing with the insulation properties of expandable
This unique fusion process provides each panel with the highest levels of
structural strength, yet delivers thermal performance so exceptional it exceeds
new ASHRAE 2007 90.1 and IECC 2009 requirements. No other wall system today
combines framing, cavity insulation and continuous rigid foam insulation in such
an easy, one-step installation process.
The supermarket used 25,000 square feet of the panels, 26 to 30 feet high with a
panel width of 8-inches. accel-E® STEP comes in customized heights up to 48 feet
and higher. It also saves time with pre-cut window and door openings to specific
project requirements. Besides the accel-E system exposed smooth faced CMU was
used on the South wall, along with ground faced and split faced CMU veneer, EIFS,
and brick veneer to address the issue of the sloping site of the project.
Alex Toye and John Maderak of Darland Construction would use the S.T.E.P. wall
system again. “Overall, the product has done what it’s supposed to do,” Toye
said. “I definitely see advantages to having a full wall surface, being able to
cut in openings, and do everything that the product has done. Would I use it
again? Definitely I would.”
John Maderak seconded with, “SYNTHEON was very responsive in helping to
facilitate and even train our erector in the field. They shipped any missing
parts expeditiously. The accel-E representative spent a whole week reviewing the
details with the erector and providing technical assistance. I would use this
Developed and marketed by SYNTHEON Inc., the accel-E system fully complies with
both the 2006 Building Code (IBC) and the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC).
www.accel-E.com or call 888-9-accelE for more information.