Monthly archive for June 2014

Video: How BuildBlock ICFs are Made

Insulating Concrete Forms or ICFs are they are known have become one of the most efficient building materials available today for both homes and commercial buildings. ICFs come in many different shapes and sizes depending on the project. Today we will take a look at how ICFs are made. But first, what exactly are ICFs? Insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are hollow foam blocks that are stacked and lock together in the shape of the outside walls of a home or building, reinforced with steel rebar, and then filled with concrete. The forms stay in place and provide insulation and are


Getting to Know: Nicole Zoellner

In this edition of get-to-know we meet Nicole Zoellner. Nicole joined the BuildBlock team in October of 2006 originally as our Customer Service and Logistics Coordinator before being promoted to Director of Operations in 2008. As her title implies Nicole has her hands in all parts of BuildBlock’s operations. As per usual, we asked Nicole a few questions about her role on the BuildBlock team. Here are her answers: BuildBlock: Why do you want to work at BuildBlock? Nicole: I wanted to work at BuildBlock because I was intrigued by the product and its’ potential. Also, living in a tornado prone area, I had never heard of it which


Educare Childcare & After School Program Building 75+ Person Safe Room & Media Class Room in Perkins, OK

Perkins Safe Room Stacked Ready for Pour

Educare Childcare & After School Program Building 75+ Person Safe Room & Media Class Room in Perkins, OK Educare child care is using BuildBlock ICFs to build EF5 multi-purpose safe room tornado shelter for children and staff at First United Methodist Church in Perkins, OK. (Oklahoma City, OK, June 12, 2014) Educare child care and after school program located at the First United Methodist Church in Perkins, OK is building an EF5 FEMA compliant safe room and multi-purpose media room for their 75 students and 18 staff members using BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). The Educare Board decided build this


Video: Perkins Educare Safe Room Part 2

Perkins Educare Safe Room Construction continues on the Educare safe room in Perkins. While the kids had a blast helping stack the first two courses of block  Educare Director Betty Weems and James Ladwig, Ladwig Construction discuss the challenges of the project and their hopes for the future. Look for more updates as progress continues.  


Video: BuildBlock Helps Build 75+ Person Educare Safe Room Part 1

Oklahoma has been in the middle of  “Tornado Alley” since it was first defined in the early 1950s. We see our share of tornadoes and strong storms throughout the year. In May 2013 devastating tornadoes hit the community of Moore, Oklahoma and took the lives of several children who were sheltered at their elementary school. The community of Perkins is about 45 minutes northeast of Oklahoma City and home to some BuildBlock staff. Their children attend Educare a 75 person early childhood day care and after school program housed at the First United Methodist Church in Perkins, Oklahoma. In 2013 they