The Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) in
Washington, DC is among the oldest veterans’
retirement homes in the United States. Established
in 1851, it has been a haven of care and
comfort to disabled and aging veterans since
before the Civil War. Located on 272 acres
in the heart of the nation’s capital, the AFRH
has also been home to four U.S. Presidents,
including Abraham Lincoln. Today, the AFRH
is home to more than 1,200 retired military
personnel, a number of whom were displaced
from the AFRH in Gulfport, Mississippi after the
campus was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
Residents at the Washington, DC campus represent
veterans who have served from World
War II to Desert Storm.
Having worked in the past with the Alisply
forming system from Symons® by Dayton Superior®,
Hensel Phelps Construction chose to
use Sym-Ply to meet the forming challenges
posed by the project. Sym-Ply’s ability to
quickly and easily connect to Steel-Ply forms
provided the versatility Hensel Phelps needed.
Approximately 8,900 square feet of Sym-Ply
was used in wall forming and grade beams
during construction. In addition, Hensel
Phelps utilized the company’s engineering
services of Symons by Dayton Superior engineer
Brenda Carr. Carr was able to design
the forming tie system so that if would work
around the 12" x 18" embedded wall plates.
As a result of that engineering expertise and
Sym-Ply versatility, the AFRH project became
one of the top productive system projects in
Hensel Phelps Construction history. The contractor
realized a 6% increase in productivity
rates,saving the company time and money.
“Symons local engineering, versatility of the
Sym-Ply forming system and the ease of assembly
helped us to increase our productivity
on the job,” said David Wulff, Field Engineer
with Hensel Phelps Construction.