Lorenzetti Acres Ltd. Dairy Farm
Hope, British Columbia, Canada
Lorenzetti Acres is a family run dairy operation in Hope, British Columbia. Construction of a new dairy was required after a fire. The over 70,000 square foot project called for the construction of a modern milking parlor and loafing barn for resting and feeding cattle.
Concrete construction at the dairy was standard slab on grade and finished with a textured or patterned surface to provide traction for the cattle. If no hardening solutions were added to the concrete it was expected deterioration would appear within two years of operation. Concrete surface wear is a hazard to cattle. Lost footing and rough concrete can injure cattle, increase veterinary costs and reduce operational efficiency. A new concrete design was needed.
Proposed by Mardina Construction and reviewed by Kerkoff Engineering, Hard-Cem Integral Concrete Hardener was specified to combat the slab deterioration problem. Hard-Cem concrete was placed and finished to a smooth trowel finish to create a tight surface. A mini groover used diamond blades to cut grooves 1/2” wide by 1/2” deep with a 3” spacing after 28 days of curing for the textured traction finish.
Hard-Cem was used in both the milking and loafing barn slabs for greater abrasion resistance and used in vertical tilt up panels in the milking parlor where high pressure washing occurs for cleanliness. Rigorous quality and cleanliness standards are maintained with Hard-Cem erosion resistance concrete panels. By using Hard-Cem to reduce concrete wear and maintain the traction finish, productivity is up and operational costs are down.
Hard-Cem Integral Concrete Hardener is a proven technology that will increase the service life of concrete infrastructure up to 6 times over conventional concrete. Hard-Cem is fully compatible with conventional admixtures, air-entrained concrete and is added during batching eliminating field application. Hard-Cem concrete will extend mechanical and hydraulic functionality allowing people, animals and equipment to safely traverse concrete surfaces reducing hazards, equipment wear and tear and preserving operational efficiency and cleanliness.
Hard-Cem is an Integral Hardening Admixture used to increase Abrasion and Erosion resistance of concrete. Hard-Cem is added to the concrete at the time of batching to increase the hardness of the concrete and expand concrete wear life. It outperforms and overcomes deficiencies of labor intensive surface applied hardeners, and can be used to enhance...