Project Highlights 

Farmington Hills Water Tower

A Superior Materials Project

“We take architectural concrete very seriously and we partner with those vendors that can appreciate and share our goals regarding finished architectural concrete quality. I am proud to express our appreciation of Superior Materials and its’ people on this project. Thank you for making our first experience in Farmington Hills a great one.” – Team Landmark

  • Constructed 2012-2013
  • Contractor – Landmark Structures
  • Supplied from Superior Materials Novi Plant
  • Total concrete – 3150 cyds

Superior Materials can help with unique, specialty-engineered, projects like the Farmington Hills Water Tower that began construction in 2012 by Landmark Structures. Since 1985, Landmark Structures, Fort Worth, Texas, has constructed in excess of 800 elevated tanks in more than 35 states and Canada. The structure started in November 2012 with a continuous monolithic pour of the mat foundation which measured 7′ thick by 95′ diameter. Over 1300 cubic yards of concrete were placed in under 10 hours using a concrete pump and a tele-belt at an average production rate of 130 cubic yards/hour. Although the ambient temperature was just above freezing, the concrete temperature was maintained above 60 F by batching with hot water.

Construction continued in the spring of 2013 with the placement of the 160′ tall x 60′ diameter pedestal structure using a custom-built jumpform wall system aided by a tower crane. The cylindrical wall is more than a foot thick and was placed in 22 placements over a two month period. Strict quality control measures were enforced to control both concrete strength and color uniformity throughout the process.

The concrete structure was capped with a 160 cy domed slab on top of the pedestal.


A Superior Materials Project

Michigan Concrete Association Award – Special Innovation

  • Location: Detroit
  • Contractor: Albanelli Cement Contractors, Inc.
  • Engineer: Giffels·Webster
  • Owner: Detroit Medical Center

Located across the street from Children’s Hospital of Michigan, the new Pediatric Specialty Center consolidates outpatient services in a flexible facility that specializes in providing primary and preventative care for Children’s Hospital. The five-floor, 105,000-square-foot facility includes a general pediatric clinic, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation clinic, and specialty clinics. The facility provides services such as:

  • Labs
  • X·rays
  • Immunizations
  • Physician office space, including:
    • Over 86 examination rooms
    • 2 large therapy improve gymnasiums
    • 11 dialysis bays
    • 13 infusion bays
    • Satellite pharmacy

The new Pediatric Specialty Center’s on-site amenities will be able to improve the overall experience providing for a more spacious, child- and family-friendly environment.

The project architect took great care to incorporate environmentally friendly features including low flow faucets, high-performance water heaters and boiler system, as well as the use of natural light and motion sensors. Another sustainability choice for the project was the use of concrete for the center’s new large surface parking lot ,which provides a bright, safe environment for visitors entering the facility. Porous exterior pavement also incorporated into the parking lot pavement design. The porous pavement allows rain water to pass through the concrete and seep into the ground, reducing the load on storm sewer drains. Albanelli placed the porous pavement in the parking stalls in 18 feet strips using a 23 foot roller screed. The conventional concrete on the project was placed using a Somero SXP 3D Laser Screed and by hand using a Weber vibrating screed boards. The integral color used on the project was L.M. Scofield Solachrome colors with a high solar reflectance index leading to additional LEED points for the project. The entire project is seeking LEED certification from the USGBC.

CRAA Perimeter Road Project

A Builders’ Redi-Mix Project


Michigan Concrete Association Award – Industrial Road

  • Location: Capital City Airport. Lansing
  • Contractor: Walter Toebe Construction Co.
  • Engineer: C2AE
  • Owner: Capital Region Airport Authority

Continued development of the business park surrounding Lansing’s Capital City Airport is a part of the airport’s long-term master plan. To help spur development and improve access to the properties around the airport, over 4800 feet of new concrete roadway were constructed on the East Airport Service Road and Port Lansing Road.

Due to existing ditch lines and utilities, a haul road could not be built next to the roadway. Our concrete trucks had to use the prepared grade to get concrete to the paver. In cooperation with the excavating and grading contractor, extra attention was given to the aggregate base by means of two rollers and a grader.

The engineer for the project, C2AE, specified an 8-inch plain concrete pavement with doweled joints on a 4-inch aggregate base. Concrete for the roadway was supplied by Builders’ Redi-Mix, with the drivers placing concrete on the grade directly in front of the 2-track GOMACO GP-2600 paver. A consistent flow of ready-mix trucks was the key to productive paving on this project. Project specifications called for fresh concrete testing every 50 cubic yards. Sixty-five sets of tests were made on 3,300 cubic yards of concrete in three days, with no concrete out of spec.

Wal-Mart Parking Lot

A Superior Materials Project


Michigan Concrete Association Award – Commercial Parking Lot

  • Location: Novi Town Center, Novi, Oakland Co.
  • Contractor: Fessler & Bowman
  • Concrete Supplier: Superior Materials
  • Owner: Wal-Mart

A new Wal-Mart Supercenter was constructed at the Novi Town Center in the City of Novi during 2011 and 2012. The 12.8-acre building site includes:

  • A 150,000-sq.ft. building
  • Open·air garden center
  • Parking and loading zones
  • Landscaping

The Wal-Mart development team took great care to make sure the building and surrounding property was aesthetically pleasing and fit in with the entire Town Center site. The parking area, loading zones, and crosswalks were all constructed in concrete. Decorative concrete was also placed to enhance the crosswalks.

12-mile and Coolidge Intersection Improvements

A Superior Materials Project


Michigan Concrete Association Award – 2012 Intersections

  • Location: City of Berkley
  • Contractor: FIorence Cement Co.
  • Engineer: Hubbell. Roth and Clark. Inc.
  • Concrete Supplier: Superior Materials
  • Owner: City of Berkley

This very busy intersection near the center of downtown Berkley was in desperate need of repair due to the brick pavers that were not performing adequately under existing traffic loads. The major challenge for this project required the contractor to complete the work within a tight time frame during the summer of 2012. It was critical to the community to have the road opened to traffic by the weekend of the Woodward Dream Cruise, which brings many visitors to the Berkley area. Florence Cement Company met the challenge and provided a superior product.

The City allowed the entire intersection to be closed to traffic during construction to expedite the project. The existing intersection was removed and replaced with new 10-inch plain concrete placed over 8-inch of compacted sand. ADA ramps were also constructed and decorative colored and stamped crosswalks were installed. The project took only six weeks to complete under the full intersection closure, including final restoration, clean-up and pavement marking application. August 6, 2012 was the deadline for completion and Florence Cement successfully met all deadlines completing the project in plenty of time for the Dream Cruise event.

Rochester Road (M-150) Reconstruction
Mainstreet Makeover

A Superior Materials Project


Michigan Concrete Association Award – Urban Arterials <30,000 yds.

  • Location: Rochester, Oakland County
  • Contractor: Angelo Iafrate Construction Co.
  • Engineers: MDOT-Oakland TSC, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber
  • Concrete Supplier: Superior Materials
  • Owner: MDOT

The Rochester Road project was a significant project for the City of Rochester because of the impact it had on many of the businesses along this main street corridor. Angelo Iafrate Construction Company faced many challenges with this project as it was very complex from a design, staging and traffic control perspective. Unique features on the project included the removal and replacement of the circa 1890 water main, vibration monitoring for centennial main street buildings, excavation of an Indian skeleton archeological site, abandonment of an old coal bin and strict scheduling requirements for full closures during construction phases. The new streetscape infrastructure included a sprinkler system,decorative lighting and conduit system underneath an exposed aggregate sidewalk, and required major coordination and troubleshooting to fit into the existing tight area. All of this was to be achieved while the local community events occurred throughout the year.

A major key to the success of this project was the excellent coordination between Iafrate’s paving crew, the QC testing firm and the concrete supplier, Superior Materials. On many occasions, aggregate sampling and testing for a second consecutive day’s pour would have to occur late in the evening of the night prior to the pour, in order to complete MDOT’s testing and documentation requirements. This resulted in many late nights for the testing team members.

Due to the impact of this project on the community, a major media blitz was initiated by both MDOT and the Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA). Weekly meetings took place to get everyone up to speed on the construction progress. This information was then conveyed via website, local media, weekly newsletters and Facebook to the community. A store front within the project limits was also leased and the project limits, as well as historical artifacts found during construction, were visible for people to look.




Little Caesars Arena

A Superior Materials Project


  • Constructed 2015-2017
  • Location – Detroit
  • Contractor – Barton Malow/Hunt/White
  • Concrete Contractors – Tooles, Barton Malow, Ideal Contracting, Blaze & Angelo Iafrate, Colasanti.
  • Owner – Downtown Development Authority
  • 785,000 sf Arena
  • 200,000 sf Offices & Retail attached
  • 2 Parking Structures
  • Residential
  • Road and Site Work
  • Construction Started: April 24, 2015
  • Venue Opening: September 12, 2017
  • Total concrete – 81,000+ Cubic Yards

Little Caesars Arena in The District Detroit will serve as the new home of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, and countless other sports, entertainment and community events. The arena will also feature state-of-the-art technology, fan amenities geared toward creating memorable experiences, innovations throughout, and active community spaces like a streetscape-inspired concourse, a Red Wings practice rink and an outdoor plaza with a massive video wall.