Helix Steel is pleased to announce a new course, Alternative Concrete Reinforcement Materials, that is registered with AIA and RCEP for continuing education/professional development credit for civil and structural engineers and architects. The course is hosted by Ron Blank & Associates and can be accessed through this link.

  • Course title: Alternative Concrete Reinforcement Materials
  • Course Number: HEL03A (AIA); 164029 (RCEP)
  • Course Credit: 1 AIA LU/HSW CE Hour. 1 RCEP PDH

Course Description:

Navigating through building codes can sometimes be a challenge for even the seasoned professional at times. Join us in this hour course as we focus on how performance-based building codes are developed. Design professionals will learn how alternative allowances are there to help keep the door open for innovation in the marketplace. Innovation in terms of structural and another area, such as fire, where performance-based design and alternative methods are routinely used. We will also examine how that alternative process of code allowance is incorporated, while focusing on the subject of concrete reinforcement; and lastly, it is our hope that you will grasp a better understanding of the process for your next project.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify how building codes effect innovation in the space of concrete construction. 
  2. Define and implement the code process in order to meet performance standards and show how these codes provide ways to meet the performance standards through innovation and technology. This will also include alternative allowances that are in the codes.
  3. Explain the purpose of ISO evaluation reports, such as ICC and IAPMO which are used to demonstrate compliance for these bodies in certifying products, processes that are not necessarily spelled out in the building codes.
  4. Examine applications through examples of how this process is implemented to provide value by analyzing at several different projects.

Helix Steel is pleased to announce the recent hires of Al Juarez and Thomas Lambert to the Helix sales team. They will be focusing on business development while continuing Helix Steel’s strong tradition of exemplary customer service and company growth.

Al Juarez comes to Helix Steel with 29 years of successful sales and marketing experience. He most recently worked at Viastore SYSTEMS Inc. where he was the Solutions Sales Director in Key Accounts. As a Sales Consultant based in Grand Rapids, Mr. Juarez will be responsible for developing new business relationships, promoting Helix® Micro Rebar™ reinforcement, and ensuring overall customer satisfaction. Mr. Juarez is a skillful sales professional with extensive experience in project development and management. Juarez has an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Michigan State University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. In his spare time, Al enjoys spending time with his wife Shawn and two sons, hiking, biking, reading, and leading a men’s group at his church. Juarez shared, “I am grateful to be working at Helix Steel. Luke has put his heart and soul into building an incredible organization. I feel extremely fortunate to be part of the team.”

Thomas “T.J.” Lambert comes to Helix Steel from NTH Consultants as a field review engineer bringing four years of professional experience working in the civil/geotechnical and industrial engineering industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geoscience from Michigan State University. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mr. Lambert will be working as a Junior Inside Sales Representative focusing on developing new customer accounts and relationships with customers. He will also be hosting monthly lunch and learn seminars. In his spare time, Lambert enjoys fishing, hiking, snowboarding, and traveling. Lambert stated, “I am excited to be a part of the Helix Steel sales team. I have been involved in numerous large-scale projects in the industrial noise/acoustics and geotechnical fields. I am eager to use my experience in sales and engineering in my new position.”

Luke Pinkerton, President, and Chief Technical Officer of Helix Steel commented, “I am excited to welcome Al and T.J. to the Helix Steel team.”

About Helix Steel:

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, with manufacturing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Helix Steel is the producer of Helix® Micro Rebar™ reinforcement, which provides unparalleled resistance to cracking and shrinkage in concrete. It is the only product with an ISO 17065 evaluation report that complies with the International Builders and International Residential codes to replace traditional reinforcing steel.

Helix Steel is pleased to announce the launch of its updated website, www.helixsteel.com. The revamped website provides enhanced customer participation with a contemporary approach and access to all-inclusive information about Helix® Micro Rebar™ reinforcement and its capabilities. Twisted Steel Micro Rebar™ is the leading proactive concrete reinforcement technology in the world.

As Helix Steel continues to grow and adapt to changes in the construction industry, the website design provides the most current information for customers and suppliers. “The website is intended to provide dosage estimates, technical information for code/building official, recorded and live webinars, and inspiration for a new project.” stated Luke Pinkerton, President and Chief Technical Officer of Helix Steel.

Pinkerton added, “Our mission is to lead the construction industry in providing better ways to build with concrete in a rewarding environment for our employees and community. Our core values make us who we are – putting people first, embracing change, pursuing excellence, and demonstrating integrity in everything we do.”

Helix Steel’s website will be updated regularly with new content. Customers are encouraged to visit the website at www.helixsteel.com and to contact us with any additional questions. Helix Steel manufactures in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and distributes Helix® Micro Rebar™ reinforcement worldwide.

About Helix Steel:

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, with manufacturing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Helix Steel is the producer of Helix® Micro Rebar™ reinforcement, which provides unparalleled resistance to cracking and shrinkage in concrete. It is the only product with an ISO 17065 evaluation report that complies with the International Builders and International Residential codes to replace traditional reinforcing steel.

Since 2004, Helix Steel has provided contractors who use Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs), a way to build using environmentally friendly and sustainable materials. Those using ICFs pride themselves in constructing long-lasting, energy efficient buildings. Together with Helix Steel’s innovative technology, Twisted Steel Micro Rebar™ (TSMR™) reinforcement and ICF, we  create a green solution which upholds our mission to provide a better way to build with concrete.

ICFs entered the market in late 1960s. Although it is in recent years where the industry has witnessed a boom in all types of ICF systems. Each system has its own distinguishable characteristics, but one thing holds true for all ICF systems: they need concrete reinforcement. TSMR™ reinforcement can relieve pain in the building process and provide sound and secure structural reinforcement in lieu of traditional rebar. Additionally, when mixed into the concrete, TSMR™ reinforcement reduces the carbon footprint in transporting materials.

ICF builder, George Bahdi, President of Niagara Olympia Homes, said “Our goal is to provide energy efficient homes which fulfill all our clients’ needs. We use the [Amvic] ICF system to build our homes because they reduce noise transmission, improve energy efficiency and thermal resistance within the unit. We were able to speed up construction using Helix® fiber reinforcement in the concrete which replaced the use of rebar on all horizontal and vertical interior walls. These walls lower utility costs while providing a safe, quiet home”.

Quick Facts About Helix Steel (www.helixsteel.com)

  • Helix Steel, founded in 2003, manufactures Helix® Micro Rebar™ reinforcement, in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Currently 40% of the company’s manufacturing work force are veterans.
  • A Buy America Compliant Helix® concrete reinforcement was recently used in the MTA’s East Side Access Tunnel Lining in New York City.

The CEO of Seretta Construction is an industry leader who is looking to innovate. His name is Andrew McPherson and he is the former president of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association and current Chairman of the ACI 551 Tilt Wall Construction and Design Committee. When he made the decision to build a new regional HQ in Austin Texas, he turned to Helix Steel. Frustrated with mixed results and the complexity of the growing number of “jointless” floor systems, he chose an innovative approach to the floor slab design for this facility. A Komponent™ shrinkage-compensating concrete floor slab design that integrated Helix® Micro-Rebar was used for the warehouse and office areas.

Combining the best in jointless floor slab technology and Helix Micro-Rebar concrete reinforcement enabled this facility to be placed with no control joints. Both the 6″ thick warehouse slab and 5″ thick office slab used only 9 lbs. per cubic yard of Helix Micro-Rebar along with 100 lbs. of Komponent shrinkage-compensating cement additive to achieve this innovative joint free slab solution. Unlike shrinkage reducing admixtures, the Komponent system, when installed as directed by the manufacturer, does not just reduce but eliminates shrinkage in the slab. Helix Micro-Rebar provides strength to the slab similar to rebar, but also increases the concrete’s flexural strength (Modulus of Rupture), allowing for thinner or more crack resistant slabs.

Integrating these two high-performance technologies allowed for the elimination of traditional reinforcement saw cut joints, and the need to seal and maintain control joints. The combination also reduced the need for construction joints, improved project schedule, and reduced labor costs for the floor slab installation. The elimination of the saw cut joints makes the slab significantly stronger given the joints are the weakest part of a conventional slab. Luke Pinkerton, CTO and Founder of Helix Steel, said, “The approach finally eliminates the tradeoff between thickness and strength, yielding thinner slabs that are stronger than conventional method slabs.”

Speaking at the Tilt-Up Concrete Association Convention and Expo this week, Andrew noted, “This is a true win-win for innovative, high-performance floor slab designs without sacrificing project efficiencies or negatively impacting budgets. We’re excited to show this best of breed slab design to clients in the near future and are looking forward to incorporating even more innovation in tilt-up panels in the days ahead.”

To learn more about these state-of-the-art products, visit http://www.helixsteel.com/jointlessflooring or contact us at sales@helixsteel.com or (734) 322-2114. Also visit www.CTScement.com or contact us at info@CTScement.com or (714) 614-7392.

About CTS (www.ctscement.com)

CTS Cement Manufacturing Corporation manufactures Rapid Set® professional-grade cement products for concrete repairs, restoration, and new construction projects. Construction professionals choose Rapid Set when superior durability is required, results need to be structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing, and to save time and money.

About Helix™ Steel (www.helixsteel.com)

Helix Steel is the manufacturer of Helix™ Micro-Rebar, the leading proactive concrete reinforcement technology in the world. Helix™ Micro-Rebar is leveraged across a variety of markets including commercial, industrial, precast, residential, underground and infrastructure, and in applications ranging from structural to temperature and shrinkage, crack, seismic, impact, and blast resistance. We are an American Innovation with Global Significance.

#whatsinyourconcrete

Helix™ Steel is pleased to announce the availability of Helix™ Micro-Rebar in the Building Systems Design (BSD) SpecLink-E platform.  BSD SpecLink-E is leveraged by architects and engineers as a master guide specification writing, management, and production system to produce documentation for all types of projects.

With the addition of Helix™ Micro-Rebar, the architect and engineering communities can now specify it in concrete applications ranging from footers, piles, mat slabs, slabs on grade, slabs on metal deck and walls. The module is referenced in Section 03 30 00 – Cast-In-Place Concrete.

“Helix Steel is leading the charge in the adoption and advancement of practical applications for discontinuous concrete reinforcement, further enabling the next generation of construction.”, said Chris Doran, CEO of Helix Steel. “From Building Information Modeling and Specification platforms to 3D printed concrete, Helix Micro-Rebar continues to increase its global significance.”

For more information on Helix™ Micro-Rebar or for product selection assistance within BSD SpecLink-E, please contact sales@helixsteel.com or call (734) 322-2114.

About Helix™ Steel (www.helixsteel.com)

Helix™ Steel is the manufacturer of Helix™ Micro-Rebar, the leading proactive concrete reinforcement technology in the world. Helix™ Steel is leveraged across a variety of markets including commercial, industrial, precast, residential, underground and infrastructure, and in applications ranging from structural to temperature and shrinkage, crack, seismic, impact, and blast resistance. We are an American Innovation with Global Significance.

#whatsinyourconcrete #buildwithstrength

Driven by customer and market demand, Fox Blocks, the Nebraska based Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) manufacturer, evaluated leading concrete reinforcement technologies for inclusion in their structures. This search identified Helix Steel Twisted Steel Micro Rebar (TSMR) as the ideal solution to reinforce concrete. Helix Steel TSMR is a 3-dimensional concrete reinforcement solution that has International Accreditations and Approvals covering 99 countries.

By incorporating Helix Steel TSMR in their structures Fox Blocks can provide customers with added strength, resiliency and durability – all while shortening the construction schedule and achieving sustainability objectives.

Over the past year teams from Fox Blocks and Helix Steel have collaborated from a design and engineering perspective, culminating in this Strategic Partner Alliance between the two companies. The Alliance enables Helix Steel TSMR to be supplied with Fox Blocks Insulated Concrete Forms across the entire Fox Blocks dealer network.

“The combination of Fox Blocks ICF and Helix Steel allows us deliver more resilient, durable and sustainable concrete structures to our customer base,” said Mike Kennaw, VP of Fox Blocks. “By including Helix Steel TSMR in our wall, slab and footing designs, our customers will realize the benefits of increased shear capacity, 3-dimensional concrete reinforcement and achieve elevated FEMA ratings for hurricane and tornadic activity. This Alliance empowers our partner network to deliver these industry leading solutions.”

“Helix Steel is excited about our involvement with Fox Blocks,” said CEO, Chris Doran. “The combination of our respective technologies will deliver tremendous value and time savings.”

About Fox Blocks (www.foxblocks.com)

Fox Blocks Insulated Concrete Form Wall Systems provide an extremely energy efficient building envelope offering superior strength, sound, air quality, and well insulated walls. Fox Blocks ICF building blocks is a division of Airlite Plastics Company.

About Helix Steel (www.helixsteel.com)

Helix Steel is the manufacturer of Twisted Steel Micro Rebar (“TSMR”), the leading proactive concrete reinforcement technology in the world. Helix Steel is leveraged across a variety of markets including commercial, industrial, precast, residential, underground and infrastructure, and in applications ranging from structural to temperature and shrinkage, crack, seismic, impact, and blast resistance.

A major online retailer recently began operations in a newly constructed 1.1 million square foot distribution facility near Detroit, Michigan several weeks ahead of schedule. 

The Gilardone Company, the concrete contractor, realized that placing traditional steel reinforcement across 1.1 million square feet would require a crew of workers and several weeks of time. For this reason, the Gilardone Company turned to Helix Steel’s patented Helix™ Micro Rebar to reduce the construction schedule and provide Ashley Capital, the developer, with a superior performing and more durable floor.

Added directly into the concrete mix, Helix Micro Rebar eliminates the need for conventional rebar or WWM for slab-on-grade applications. Furthermore, as noted by Luke Pinkerton, CTO and Founder of Helix™ Steel, “unlike WWM or rebar, which requires a crack initiation to relieve stress, Helix™ Micro Rebar relieves stress before cracking occurs. This is critical when automated guided vehicles are used, as patches and non-level floor surfaces can disrupt automated storage and retrieval systems.”

The results were impressive. Using Helix Micro Rebar increased the daily concrete pour rate by 20%, saving valuable time on the construction schedule while eliminating the use of WWM and the associated installation labor costs. “We have had exceptional results with Helix reinforcement,” said Charles Gilardone, CEO of The Gilardone Company. “Our crews are impressed with the finish and speed Helix provides. Our general contractors, developers, and building owners also like the quality of the concrete surfaces, and the durability, superior shrinkage control, and value Helix provides.”

Ken Bowen, VP of Construction at Ashley Capital adds, “Ashley Capital was facing an impossible schedule given traditional construction methods using welded wire fabric but with Helix we were able to meet the schedule and provide a superior product for a knowledgeable and fastmoving tenant.”

A video showcasing grading, pouring and finishing process be accessed below:

About The Gilardone Company

Since 1959 the Gilardone Company has served Southeast Michigan as an innovative leader in concrete construction, specializing in commercial, industrial, and institutional flatwork.

About Helix™ Steel (www.helixsteel.com)

Helix™ Steel manufactures the patented Helix Micro Rebar, the leading proactive concrete reinforcement technology in the world. Helix Steel technology is used across commercial, industrial, precast, residential, underground and infrastructure markets, and in many applications ranging from structural reinforcement to shrinkage and crack control.

#whatsinyourconcrete

Helix™ Steel is pleased to announce the launch of a new web-based tool to calculate savings gained by using Helix Steel’s patented Helix Micro Rebar product in slab-on-grade and slab-on-metal-deck construction projects.

The new ROI (Return On Investment) calculator allows customers to input details of their projects and obtain potential savings that could be achieved by replacing existing rebar and welded wire mesh with Helix Steel’s patented Helix Micro Rebar product. All aspects of immediate costs and savings are included, such as reinforcement material costs, labor savings, project time savings, and reduction in steel used and carbon dioxide emissions.

Bobby Stewart, of SoCon Products, a concrete contractor who operates on the East Coast says, “The ROI calculator was spot on in predicting the value I’ve seen across the Helix projects we’ve completed. Now it’s easier than ever to show our clients the value Helix Micro Rebar offers.”

To try this innovative tool for your own project, visit https://www.helixsteel.com/resources/, or contact Helix Steel at 734-322-2114 or sales@helixsteel.com.

“As we begin to deliver on our application strategy in 2018, the ROI calculator is one of several tools we will be bringing to assist our customers,” said Helix Steel CEO, Chris Doran. “By allowing our customers to enter their respective costs and project details, we are empowering them to see the value that Helix Steel can deliver to their next project.”

If you are attending the 2018 World of Concrete (#WOC2018), please come by our booth for a live demonstration of the ROI application. North Hall, Booth 3007. #WhatsInYourConcrete

About Helix Steel (www.helixsteel.com)

Helix™ Steel, a Pensmore™ company, manufactures the patented Twisted Steel Micro Rebar (“TSMR”), the leading proactive concrete reinforcement technology in the world. Helix Steel technology is used across commercial, industrial, precast, residential, underground and infrastructure, and in many applications ranging from structural reinforcement to shrinkage, crack, seismic, impact, and blast resistance.