The Fox Cities Exhibition Center is a unique 117,000 square foot building. The structure was built 40 feet down into the hillside and has 1,100 feet of 18 – inch thick walls that are tied back into the hill by an 80-year tie back system that prevents the walls from collapsing.
The purpose of the exhibition center is to provide a gathering space for the community inside and out. The roof is a concrete deck that was poured and tarred using 6 inches of foam followed by 5 inches of color concrete and 5 pounds structural fiber. The deck will be used for concerts and festivals.
To pour the 40-foot high walls, a 35-foot lay flat hose with a 10-foot extension was used. The 18-inch thick walls mix was a 5000-psi with super-plasticizer and hydration stabilizer, averaging 130 yards each. An industrial floor mix consisting of 4500 psi large aggregate plus super-plasticizer and 7.5 lbs of structural fibers was used in the exhibit area.
Typically slabs have control joints at column line but there were too many cut outs to do that. The mix allowed the slabs to be cut where needed. Concrete is the number one building material used on this project. The first concrete pour occurred April 14th and the last one on November 17th. All the trades worked together to finish the project by the opening date of January 11, 2018.
Project Team Members
Owner: City of Appleton
Concrete Supplier: Carew Concrete & Supply Co.
Contractor: Miron Construction Co
Architect: Zimmerman Architectural Studios
Engineer: Harwood Engineering ConsultantsWRMCA Video Presentation