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Building Better With Combustible Structures

Posted by David Wallach on Feb 10, 2019 3:40:05 PM

 

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 Making Combustible Construction Better

If your goal is to build a structure solely with the cheapest materials, dismissing sound attenuation, energy costs and air quality, stop reading. If your goal is to build a cost effective structure that takes advantage of better materials that increases speed of construction, provides superior sound attenuation, reduces general conditions by virtually eliminating waste, then consider Wally Walls for your next structure.

The math is simple. On a linear basis Wally Walls will appear to cost 12.5% more than wood when substituting it for 2 x 6’s, OSB and a couple inches of spray foam. In a typical structure, light gauge framing will cost 15% of the overall budget. For example, on a project with a $1,000,000 budget you could expect the structural light gauge walls to cost $150,000, while wood costs would be around $131,750. Of course, that is only half of the discussion.  The benefits of using Wally Walls’ pre-engineered insulated structural walls outweighs the apparent slight material costs in the following ways:

1. Increased Speed of Construction.

2. Straight and Plumb Walls for Drywall.

3. Insulated Structure at Time of Erection.

4. Significant Reduction of General Conditions with Waste Elimination.

5. R Value of 31.8 vs. Wood at 21.

6. No Mold.

7. No Wood Boring Insects.

So, if you’re looking to squeeze six cents out of a nickel, we cannot help you. If you are looking to Build Better and maintain your budget and meet or beat your construction schedule, consider Building With Wally!

What are you building with?

Build Better. Build With Wally!

Better. Better. Better.

 

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The Devil Is In The Details

Posted by David Wallach on Dec 18, 2018 10:23:46 AM


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The Devil Is In The Details

Building with light gauge is different than other structural materials. While engineers of record may design and detail poured in place or post tension structures, very few take on the scope of fully designing and detailing a cold form structure - hence the “by others” provisions found in the note section and details of most plans. This note is not just some “throw away game in Rochester” (sorry for the Miracle On Ice reference, but I have to throw some hockey references in from time-to-time or they take away my goalie card). Instead, it is the most important note on the page. How much your structure will cost and how easy it will be to construct is predicated on this design. Developers and contractors feeling comfortable with their numbers before completing this process are, candidly, just fooling themselves. Further, the market is not riddled with competent cold form steel engineers with the skills to provide great structural shop drawings. In fact, the opposite is true. So, while there are tremendous advantages in constructing with cold form steel, the only way to fully take advantage of the methodology is to perform the analysis up-front, before the bid process is complete, and to perform that exercise with those who know how to Build Better -like WALLY!

Who are you building with?

Build Better. Build With Wally!

Better. Better. Better.

 

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How To Build 4 Homes In The Winter In Maine

Posted by David Wallach on Dec 11, 2018 3:09:44 PM

 

 

 

How To Build 4 Homes In The Winter In Maine

Start by first building them in a controlled climate (65 degrees or so) in Kenosha, WI. Then, assemble them on site after your foundations are in. Voila! Two homes on site here, two more being delivered this week.

What are you building with?

Build Better. Build With Wally!

Better. Better. Better.

 

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Type I Personality - Type V Construction

Posted by David Wallach on Dec 6, 2018 2:06:31 PM
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 Type I Personality - Type V Construction

“Yes,” you can build better and still achieve cost savings by substituting non-combustible decking in projects 4 stories or less. This contractor chose Wally Walls for the exterior structure and interior structural walls and is utilizing wood tji’s and plywood for the decking. In this way, they get the speed of construction using Wally Walls’ modularly insulated walls and the value of a wood deck system. How do the two integrate - very well! Wally Walls is a conventionally framed insulated wall, ready to receive any type of specified decking. So, all you Type I personalities out there, DON’T STRESS OUT - it does not have to be an “all or nothing” affair. Build Better and take advantage of VE opportunities where you can.

What are you building with?

Build Better. Build With Wally!

Better. Better. Better.

 

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Posted by David Wallach on Dec 4, 2018 5:48:14 PM
 
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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
 

OOOh, the weather outside is frightful, but Wally Walls is so delightful, modular building is what we know, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

 What are you building with?

 Build Better. Build With Wally!

 Better. Better. Better.

 

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READY, SET, GO!

Posted by David Wallach on Dec 1, 2018 6:43:45 PM

 

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READY, SET...

GO! Winter came early this year, slowing down projects across the country, except for those building with Wally Walls. Foundations went in in November, walls get erected in December, working inside in January.

What are you building with?

Build Better. Build With Wally!

Better. Better. Better.

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Another Load, A New Beginning

Posted by David Wallach on Nov 19, 2018 3:51:55 PM

 

 

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Another Load, A New Beginning

Wally Walls started delivering infill walls on this high rise project for Tandem Development in Chicago. Tandem chose Wally to expedite the building enclosure through the winter, understanding that once the light gauge insulated walls are installed, the workers are working inside the building, greatly reducing winter general conditions and shortening the construction timeline (not to mention the tremendous insulation value over the long-haul). Who knew that time was money and that lower energy costs increases NOI? Tandem Development did, that’s who!

What are you building with?

Build Better. Build With Wally!

Better. Better. Better.

 

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Pergrine Court Shatters Old Paradigms

Posted by David Wallach on Nov 15, 2018 6:29:14 PM

 

 

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Pergrine Court Shatters Old Paradigms

Wally Walls was chosen to provide light gauge, insulated, energy efficient walls for this development in Bath, ME. Truth be told, we are not contracted to build very many single family homes. In most instances, typical developers sacrifice envelope quality and focus on granite counter tops and marble master bathrooms. Let me let you in on a secret: Buyers want homes that don’t have mold in the walls and don’t cost a fortune to heat and cool. Buyers today are more savvy and demand better constructed homes. Then again, who really needs better air quality and lower energy bills?

What are you building with?

Build Better. Build With Wally!

Better. Better. Better.

 

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DON’T SACRIFICE QUALITY IN TYPE V CONSTRUCTION

Posted by David Wallach on Sep 18, 2018 6:00:32 PM

 


DON’T SACRIFICE QUALITY IN TYPE V CONSTRUCTION

In construction they say you can have two of three things: Quality, Speed, Price. This is often never more true than in Type V Construction, which allows combustible materials to be used throughout. By definition, these materials are less safe and often do not stand the test of time the way a Type I building might. But, you can have both. By utilizing Wally Walls for the building envelope only, your project will receive the benefit of the best insulated exterior wall product on the market and not blow the budget. For pennies more, you can reduce the energy costs for your building in the long term, increasing NOI, and reduce your construction timeline by installing Wally Walls modular 4” or 6” modular panels together with your wood trusses, decking, and interior framing. Quality, Speed and Price: Who knew? Wally Did!

What are you building with?

Build Better. Build With Wally!

Better. Better. Better.

 

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Just Another Day At The Office

Posted by David Wallach on Sep 11, 2018 5:25:49 PM

 

 

 

 Just Another Day At The Office

Monday through Friday makes for a great work week, but occasionally a “bonus day” is needed. Saturday can sometimes be our “Second Friday.” We have been blessed with great clients and the good work that comes from Building Better. No excuses. No complaining. Just good old fashion toiling that comes from the love of good honest work. Our team is committed not just to our cause, but we are committed to your cause. Your Project is Our Platform. At Wally Walls we see our client relationship as a team sport. We are Better when we assist clients to Build Better. That commitment is not a weekday thing, it is an everyday thing!

Who are you building with?

Build Better. Build With Wally!

Better. Better. Better.

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