We won the CFA national project of the year award!!

On Saturday, July 25th, the Bartley Corporation proudly accepted the 2015 CFA Project of the year award (Concrete Foundation Association)!! Jim Baty of the CFA presented the plaque to four Bartley Corp leaders during the 2015 CFA Convention in Williamsburg Virginia. If you didn’t know, this is kind of a big deal !!


The CFA Project of the Year is an annual national competition seeking to recognize the best concrete projects. The recognition made its way into several national publications including the June 2015 Concrete Facts magazine and the 2015 July Concrete International magazine. For the complete press release, click here: CFA-Project of the Year 2015 Winner.


Bartley Corporation thanks all those who support the project with their votes. A special thank you also goes to the fantastic Bartley Corp customers and all of the dedicated employees that helped create this award winning work.



Award 2015 CFA Above Grade Concrete Home

CFA Above Grade Concrete Home 2015 - Concrete Facts

CFA Above Grade Concrete Home 2015 - Concrete International


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2014-09-11 Finishing Concrete Slabs

You can read more about the entire project on the Clifton Concrete Home project BLOG.


With permission from the Concrete Facts Magazine, we present the content of their article below:


2014-09-22 Completed Slabs and Conrete Work-1Since the start of the new millennia, the recognition of performance and aesthetic advantage for all concrete homes has been a focus for the CFA and many throughout the concrete industry. Over the years, many fine works of construction and design have been recognized in this award category. Certainly not less impressive is this year’s “Above-Grade Concrete Home Project of the Year,” Clifton Concrete Home by Bartley Corporation.

“We were selected for this project when several recommendations for this type of complex structure pointed our way,” stated Jim Bartley, president of Bartley Corporation. “The construction manager hired for the project desired to partner with us based on our previous experience in building a concrete home.”

Bartley was asked about what makes this type of a project such a challenge. “Working with owners, construction managers and architects as well as other trades that are new to concrete homes can be a major time commitment,” stated Bartley. “Meeting on site and collaborating with the entire team was the key to success. Having an architect that saw the project all the way through construction made everything go as planned.”

Prior to the kickoff meeting the homeowners wanted to see a sample of the normal cast-in-place wall finish, one delivered on any foundation project. Bartley built and poured the mockup and made sure it wasn’t “perfect.” To their surprise the owners loved the bug holes, imperfections, ties and form- lines. They are in the building industry and like the industrial construction look with natural imperfections. Therefore, extreme measures were taken to avoid using any patching materials on the walls. With the exception of one or two spots honeycombs were avoided. Surprisingly, a crew patched one of these honeycomb regions and when the homeowners saw the patching they asked that it be removed. This kept the project on track and consistent with the approved aesthetic negotiated early in the project.

Another unique characteristic of this design was the presence of two different insulation systems, Thermomass and ThermaEZE, both products that the company had prior experience but separately on projects. The standard wall section consisted of two reinforcement bar mats, Thermomass in the center with all the connectors, conduits, block outs and wall ties. However, where the weight of steel could not bear on insulation, the ThermaEZE system was brought in to provide an alternative support system. All walls were to be left exposed concrete as the final interior and exterior finish.

The most complex part of the project was the first and second floor walls. Gang forms were used to provide the large structural walls and Bartley engaged their commercial crew and a full time commercial superintendent to take the lead in these areas. Difficult block outs and forming along with many recesses for utilities, electronics and built-in features had to be as accurate as possible. Further complicating these walls was the flashing detail. The design called for flashing between the second floor and roof deck to cover the inside of the wall through to the Thermomass insulation sandwiched in the center of the wall. Although Bartley preferred to approach the design with a monolithic roof and second floor based on their experience, the design called for flashing to separate this interface into separate placements with flashing installation between.

Some of the other challen2015 - Copyges faced on the project included unique window jambs and an elevator shaft. Many of the windows called for the sides of the window block out to be at 105-degrees rather than perpendicular to the face of the wall. The 3-story elevator shaft challenged the safety on the jobsite with openings that were constantly managed. The shaft was produced by first forming the outside of the elevator shaft and then, when the walls were ready to be closed, a crane carefully placed large interior panels on the inside of the wall.

For more information on this foundation project, contact CFA Member Jim Bartley, Bartley Corporation, at [email protected] or (301) 384-2700.


Your VOTE = National Project Win?!

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Bartley Corporation has an award winning entry in the 2015 CFA (Concrete Foundation Association) Project of the Year. The CFA Project of the Year is an annual national competition seeking to recognize the best projects from a variety of categories including small, medium and large residential foundations, commercial and multi-family projects, agricultural works and much more.


The answer to these three questions determines the winner:

  • How difficult would this project have been to estimate?
  • How difficult would this project have been to construct?
  • How difficult would this project have been to turn a profit?

Our entry, project #8, the Clifton Concrete Home, stands out as the only Above-grade home that made it through the nomination process. Here are a few interesting aspects of this project:

  • In addition to typical foundation walls below grade, there were 92 linear feet of first floor above grade wall and second floor walls
  • Both Thermomass and ThermaEZE insulated walls were used
  • The concrete walls were the final exterior finish for several parts of the home

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You can read more on the project BLOG.


Finally, we are happy to present a video of the construction process and look forward to your vote.

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Concrete work at Concrete Home complete

The final slabs were poured this month at the Clifton Concrete home which completed Bartley Corp’s scope of work! Although a complex project overall, with ease, the concrete flatwork crews prepped the garage slab, first floor slab, and exterior concrete. The grade beams, rebar and poly installed in the garage slab are easily seen from the time-lapsed photos. A concrete pump was used to place the concrete inside the walls of the first floor home. Bartley crews used powered trowel machines to finish the concrete surface followed by soft cutting the construction joints. Broom finishes were used on the exterior concrete stoops and slabs.

We are proud to complete yet another concrete home and continue to be the leaders in concrete homes in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Learn more about the benefits of concrete homes at: https://bartleycorp.com/residential-concrete-foundations/concrete-homes/

If interested in a concrete home, please contact us so we can connect you with a local builder familiar with concrete homes.


2014-09-03 Aggregate Pre Prep

2014-09-03 Prepring Garage

2014-09-03 Placing Aggregate

2014-09-09 Rebar

2014-09-11 Pumping Concrete Slabs

2014-09-11 Pouring First Floor Deck

2014-09-11 Finishing Concrete Slabs

2014-09-22 Completed Slabs and Conrete Work

NOVA e+ Home

The Northern Virginia e+ Home which is located in Springfield, Virginia is earning a spotlight for its green and passive properties. This Bartley Corp project included the full foundation package and many green products. The Thermomass insulated walls that Bartley Corp constructed vastly improved the heating and cooling efficiencies. Bartley Corp also installed the Stego Wrap Vapor Barrier and XPS Insulation Board, both which were placed under the basement concrete slab. As an architectural appeal, Rockwell window wells were installed to protect the basement windows and allow more natural light. Another insulated product, the AmDeck Floor system, was used to support the above grade concrete deck.

Every project requires a different set of requirements, specified products and management. The Bartley Corporation consistently excels due to the Attention to Detail that is taken individually on each project.

More about the Northern Virginia e+ Home can be found at http://www.nova-eplus-home.com

Concrete Walls Forming

Concrete Walls Stripped

Window Well

Stego Vapor Barrier

Garage Slab Prep

Elevated Concrete Deck Forming

Elevated Concrete Deck


Above Grade Walls of Concrete Home Complete

Until now, the Clifton Concrete Home was just a concrete foundation. With the hard work of setting and pouring the above grade insulated concrete walls, the project now is uniquely in a category that the industry calls a concrete home. The advantages are documented (http://www.concretehomescouncil.org http://www.cement.org/think-harder-concrete-/homes http://concretehomesmagazine.com to name a few) and getting to this milestone will reap ongoing rewards for the homeowners for decades to come.


To accomplish above grade walls, Bartley Corp started by tying rebar per the structural plans. Next, one of our crane trucks brought in our large commercial “gang” forms. The larger panels provide a bigger finished area, can increase the efficiently of setting the wall and are stronger than stacking several panels to boot. Only one side was initially set to allow the other trades (electrical, plumbing, HVAC, elevator etc.) to place their blockouts and material in the walls.


Next the Thermomass insulation was placed in the center of the wall which is key to creating an energy efficient concrete home. The crane truck returned to set the other side of the concrete wall panels. The first pour consisted of 90 cubic yards of concrete followed by 26 yards of concrete the next day in order to separate the concrete at the flashing (a specification that took Attention to Detail). After stripping the walls, a solid concrete home was revealed. Beautiful!


2014-04-02 First Floor Walls Start

2014-04-08 Gang Aluminum Forms

2014-04-14 First Floor Set One Side Walls

2014-05-09 Thermomass Insulation Installation

2014-05-13 Set Concrete Panels

2014-05-16 Pour First Floor Concrete Walls

2014-06-08 Above Grade Concrete Walls


Super Speed Concrete Home Construction Video

Check out a video of the Foundation level of the Clifton Concrete Home! This entertaining 51 second time lapsed video shows the unexcavated site through the basement slab pour.


Bartley Corp is back on site, so stay tuned for some more progress that will show the 1st floor concrete construction! Please enjoy, share and Like !! Yes this is the same video that was leaked from Vimeo last week (its also on YouTube.com ).


Seasons Change but Concrete Remains

It has been months since Bartley Corp has worked on the Clifton concrete house so we wanted to share an update. In the Summer, Bartley successfully prepped and poured the basement level slab (first picture: concrete slab is not visible from the Work Zone Cam angle). This marked the final stage of Bartley’s “typical” concrete foundation package. To recap the concrete foundation package, here were the steps: Excavation, Footings, Walls, Waterproofing, and Slabs. After the slabs, Bartley turned back the job to the builders.

Complicated jobs can take more time and effort by the whole construction team and this project is no exception. In the Fall, the builder and framers have been backfilling and installing the first floor deck. In the bleak midwinter, mother nature brought some snow and kept construction workers off the job (see last picture). Soon enough, Bartley will be back at the site to work on the first floor walls, which is the true difference between a regular stick built home and a concrete home!

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