SYNTHEON ACCEL-E Wall System Helps to Meet Aggressive Time Schedule for New
When ground was broken for Southern State Community College’s new campus in
Brown County, Ohio it seemed unlikely that the facility would be completed
in less than one year and ready to welcome its fall semester of students.
Southern State’s expansion project has been several years in the making. In
2010, the college ordered a complete facilities’ assessment. The study
revealed that a significant investment would be needed to bring one of the
campus locations up to current standards, which led to the decision to
pursue a replacement campus in Brown County.
The college desired the expansion project to be ready for its fall semester
but realized that completion date was very aggressive.
A traditional stud framing system was chosen for the project, however
Quandel Construction Group had become familiar with a better system that
would meet the aggressive schedule perfectly. “We attended a Lunch and Learn
session by SYNTHEON on ACCEL-E and knew this would be a perfect fit for this
project,” said Kevin Apling, vice president of Quandel. “We talked with the
owner and the architect, and suggested specifying the system for its weather
tightness, exceptional thermal performance and it being an all-inclusive
product that was easy and fast to install.”
The decision was made to switch to the ACCEL-E system from the traditional
stud framing and insulation system.
Combs Interior Specialties, Inc. of Fairborn, Ohio was the successful bidder
and was chosen to install the ACCEL-E system. Joshua Turner, senior
estimator of Combs knew of the ACCEL-E system and its benefits and knew the
system would be a perfect fit for this project. “We knew using ACCEL-E would
help with the aggressive time schedule and also enclose the building for
winter that was fast approaching,” said Turner.
The SYNTHEON ACCEL-E Steel Thermal Efficient Panel wall system combines
framing and insulation. ACCEL-E improves the way exterior walls are built by
reducing framing and insulating processes down to one step. The panels are
lightweight and easy-to-install. The panels combine the strength of
cold-formed steel framing with the insulation properties of expanded
Combs Interior Specialties installed approximately 80 panels. The panels
were the standard size of 4 ft. by 27 ft.
“I liked the fact we were able to stand up multiple floors of wall in one
step, thus saving time and money,” said Turner. Apling of Quandel added, “I
really liked the ease of construction. Plus there was no need for large
equipment to install,”
ACCEL-E enables buildings to get dried-in faster, allowing trades to
commence work sooner. Panels arrive on the jobsite engineered and fabricated
for a given project with pre-cuts for windows and doors. The system features
an open cavity and pre-punched knockout slots into the studs, which provides
easy access for plumbers, electricians and HVAC contractors.
The ACCEL-E wall system meets IECC energy codes requiring continuous
insulation for thermal performance. The panels are non-toxic and safe – they
contain no Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs) or VOCs
and are certified for Indoor Air Quality by the GREENGUARD®. GREENGUARD
Certification is part of UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters
The new campus is a 2-story, 50,000-square-foot building that includes a
community room, bookstore, learning commons, multi-purpose classrooms,
science labs, nursing labs, and HVAC technology labs. In addition to its
slate of core college courses, the new campus also will offer programs in
Human & Social Services (Chemical Dependency), Business Management,
Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Computer Generalist, Interactive Media and
Simulation, Cyber Security and Forensics, Practical Nursing, and HVAC.
“It’s amazing how well this project came together; it’s almost like it was
meant to be,” said Mt. Orab Mayor Bruce Lunsford. “The quality this campus
is going to put out is what’s really important for the future of this area,
not only in Mt. Orab but all of Brown County and southern Ohio. We’re very
happy to welcome Southern State. What it’s going to do for the future of
people in this area is very exciting.”
Joshua Turner and Kevin Apling are proud of how well the project turned out
and they would use ACCEL-E again. “I would absolutely use ACCEL-E again and
would recommend it to others,” noted Apling. “We are currently going to use
the system on another project in Michigan.”
About SYNTHEON Inc. (www.syntheoninc.com)
SYNTHEON serves the building and construction industry for advanced
high-efficiency products and services designed to change the way buildings
are built and experienced. The North American Division based in Pittsburgh,
PA features the ACCEL-E Wall System and the ELEMIX Concrete Additive.