Hudson’s Site Development

Detroit, MI

For decades, the iconic J.L. Hudson’s flagship store occupied the entire 1200 block of Woodward Avenue and stood as the tallest department store/retail building in the world. Although the building no longer stands, the site’s legacy is still alive and vibrant. In 2017,  a mixed-use development broke ground in it’s place. Once complete, it will encompass over 1,400,000 square feet and reach 680 feet into Detroit’s skyline.

Hauenstein Neuroscience Center and Emergency Department Parking Structure

Grand Rapids, MI

Hauenstein Neuroscience Center and Emergency Department Parking Structure

The Hauenstein Neuroscience Center and Emergency Department Parking Structure is a 545 space parking structure that contains 9,278 total cubic yards of concrete, 525 tons of reinforcing steel, 175,000 lineal feet of post-tension cable, and stands 7 stories tall. 5834 cubic yards were treated with Impede® CNI Corrosion Inhibitor at a dosage of 3 gallons per yard.

Engineer: Walker Parking Consultants
General Contractor: Wolverine CM
Concrete Contractor: Kent Companies- Grand Rapids, MI

Menard’s Distribution Center

Holiday City, OH

Menard’s Distribution Center

The Menard’s Distribution Center in Holliday City, Ohio is an example of a cooperative effort between Premiere Concrete Admixtures staff, Contractors, and Producers. In 2005, talks began in Williams County, Ohio about the possibility of Menard’s building the three state distribution center. Premiere Concrete Admixtures employees tracked the jobs progress and notified producing customers and contractors of the potential opportunity and continued to follow the project through the bidding process. Premiere customer John Carlo was awarded the 85,000 cubic yard paving portion of the project. Kent Concrete was awarded concrete construction for the 945,000 square feet of building area. Shafer Ready Mix, another Premiere customer, was awarded the concrete for the buildings.

Phase 1 of the project was completed in 2007. Premiere supplied both the Paving and Ready mix portion of the project. Products utilized were:

ConAir® 260
OptiFlo® 500
OptiFlo® 100R
OptiFlo® Plus

“Premiere Concrete Admixtures has always been on the leading edge of product quality and service. Over the years, their personnel has helped us tackle the most technical concrete applications. Their service is what sets them apart. Their professionalism in dealing with the designers, owners, and contractors is unique. They have the ability to bridge the gap between concept and practice, which ensures the best result possible.”
– Doug Shafer, Shafer Ready Mix.


“In 2007, John Carlo, Inc. of Michigan made the switch to Premiere Concrete Admixtures. The switch was made partly due to Premiere’s product variety and commitment to adjust to our changing needs. John Carlo, Inc. has learned first hand that the industry’s new approach to concrete mixture compatibility has made admixture flexibility a very important component concrete production. In recent years, we have seen air entrainment dosage rates with some low slump mixes double, and even triple, and Premiere has been able to keep our dosage rates manageable with respect to quality, cost, and productivity. Real time AVA testing shown a quality air system in our slip-form paving mixes and the independent operator of Michigan’s AVA commented Premiere’s ConAir 260 posted some of the best numbers he had seen in three years of testing. John Carlo, Inc. is convinced that Premiere is positioned to be one of the leaders in this ever-changing industry.”
– Jason Fowler, Quality Control Manager, John Carlo Paving

Cooper Farms Slip Form Silo

Fort Recovery, OH

Cooper Farms Slip Form Silo

The continuous pour of the 175 foot high slip form silo at Cooper Farms in Fort Recovery, OH began on Monday morning March 26th 2008 at 10:00 AM. Five days later and 2 days ahead of schedule the Silo was completed.

The project consisted of three mix designs, the footer, walls and top. Premiere Concrete Admixture’s OptiFlo® MR was utilized in all the mixes for its excellent water reduction but more importantly as an extrusion aid. Many slip form contractors whether curb and gutter, parapet walls or silos utilize this product in order to increase production and eliminate rework. Not unlike the two days Portland Systems saved many contractors have discovered the benefits of using OptiFlo® MR over conventional water reducers.

The silo consisted of 713 cubic yards of concrete. The engineer opted to incorporate PCA–SRA (Shrinkage Reducing Admixture) on the top of the silo in order to reduce potential cracking. There were 16 compartments inside the silo that were all slip formed simultaneously. All the concrete supplied by St. Henry Ready Mix was transported by crane and bucket, six hours passed from the time that the concrete left the truck before it cleared the form.

“Premiere made themselves available for the meetings & test mix trials. Premiere prepared mix design with input from the contractors; they were always ready to do what we needed to make this job a success. Their knowledge of concrete mixes and admixtures was the key to our company maintaining our quality through out this project. The products from Premiere were cost effective and gave us the wall cream we needed for a smooth slip. Port-Land Systems were very happy with the wall finish and the consistency of the mix. The preparation and planning of all involved turned this into a money making project with a happy customer.”
– Dave Westgerdes, Operations Manager St. Henry Ready Mix