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HIA Housing Magazine - Reinforcing Revolution (May 2016)

Reinforcing Revolution – Helix features in HIA Housing magazine (May 2016)

Helix set to cause a revolution in reinforcing writes the HIA

The HIA likened Helix Micro-Rebar to a ‘REINFORCING REVOLUTION’ in its May 2016 issue of their Housing magazine. The article provides a snapshot of the development of this engineered, discontinuous reinforcing system. Helix is a revolution in reinforcing structural concrete with a proven track record in commercial construction and mining. This revolution in reinforcing is now set to provide significant benefits in the residential construction sector.

HIA Housing Magazine - Reinforcing Revolution (May 2016)

A “real game changer”

The article outlines how engineers can specify Helix as a replacement for conventional reinforcing steel in residential construction projects, starting with footings and including slabs and walls, making it a “real game changer”.

Using a smaller volume of steel has a number of benefits for a project, both from an economic and environmental perspective

Revolution in reinforcing and the BCA

The article concludes by illustrating how this revolution in reinforcing complies to the building codes of Australia.

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Residential project examples

Engineers embrace the ‘revolution in reinforcing’

Engineers have specified Helix in a wide array of residential building projects. From pools to footings, slabs on grade to walls, suspended slabs to stairs; there is not a single application where Helix has not replaced the conventional reinforcing to reduce costs and expedite construction timelines.

Contractors find it easy to work with

Contractors appreciate this revolution because they are not spending their time placing reinforcing mesh and rebar. They are also pleasantly surprised how easy it is to place Helix reinforced concrete. This includes a range of finishes, from non-slip to highly burnished.

Builders derive efficiencies

The benefits of adopting Helix designs in their building projects allow builders to:

  • reduce congestion on-site,
  • eliminate reinforcing steel waste,
  • limit the number of costly truck deliveries,
  • increase the green credentials of their projects, and
  • avoid future warranty claims because Helix makes concrete stronger.


Visit our ‘Residential Development’ page for more details

New York East Side Access Project Tunnel

Helix for New York Tunnel Project

Frontier Kemper Selects Helix Steel For New York Tunnel Project

Published: Feb 2, 2016 11:40 a.m. ET

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Frontier Kemper Constructors Inc., a Tutor Perini subsidiary, selects Helix Steel as the concrete reinforcement technology provider for the Metro Transit Authority’s East Side Access Project.  The MTA’s East Side Access project, the nation’s largest public transportation project and the first expansion of the Long Island Rail Road in more than 100 years, will connect the rail line via underground tunnels to Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.

Frontier Kemper’s portion of the project includes work on a permanent structural concrete lining, interior structures, and fit-out for previously excavated tunnels north of Grand Central.  Helix Steel is providing Twisted Steel Micro Rebar solutions for cast-in-place tunnel final lining and shotcrete applications.

According to Leon “Lonnie” Jacobs, from Frontier Kemper, “Helix Steel has been able to meet both the concrete reinforcement specification for the MTA’s East Side Access project and deliver on the demanding supply schedule that Frontier-Kemper requires in order to keep the project on schedule. We are glad to have HELIX on the construction team.”

These solutions, Helix 8-50 and Helix 5-25 respectively, provide industry leading shear strength, ductility and durability.  With a factory in Grand Rapids, MI, Helix Steel is Made in America using 100% USA sourced materials and therefore compliant with the Buy American project requirements.

“Helix Steel is proud to be selected by Frontier Kemper as part of the MTA’s East Side Access project,” said Helix Steel CEO, Chris Doran.  “Our technology has value across a variety of markets and the tunneling world is no exception.  We look forward to working with Frontier Kemper and delivering American Made value to the MTA”

About Frontier Kemper (http://www.frontier-kemper.com/)

Frontier-Kemper Constructors, Inc. (FKCI) is widely recognized as a leader in underground and heavy civil construction.  With more than $2.5 billion in projects successfully completed throughout the Americas, FKCI is known for their expertise in the engineering and construction of deep shafts and tunnels of all sizes and complexity.

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’s technology lowers the tensile response of the modulus of elasticity in plain concrete thus increasing its strain capacity, ductility and flexibility.  Helix Steel proudly manufactures TSMR in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Broken Hill Plaza Shopping Centre

Shopping Centre uses Helix Micro-Rebar

Shopping Centre uses Helix Micro-Rebar:

The Broken Hill Plaza Shopping Centre utilised Helix Micro-Rebar for the structural concrete instead of conventional steel reinforcing.

Broken Hill Plaza Shopping Centre

Hutchinson Builders approached Helix to provide alternative designs for the structural concrete elements of this shopping centre. Because of its remote location, construction costs were of a particular concern, especially transporting steel reinforcement and using concrete pumps.

The Helix alternative designs allowed for the concrete to be chuted straight from the agitator trucks, eliminating the need for concrete pumps. The slabs could be completed with a highly burnished finish and were subsequently polished and lacquered.

Helix’s Victorian Agent worked with the concrete supplier, Mawsons, training and certifying their batch plant operators in the adding Helix Micro-Rebar to their concrete mixes.

ANCR Issue – April 2014 – Broken Hill Plaza Shopping Centre – Helix Feature


ANCR Issue - April 2014 - Broken Hill Plaza Shopping Centre - Helix Feature