Ecolite Concrete USA’s lightweight concrete and steel stud wall panels continue to gain traction within the U.S. Department of Defense as another significant “Ecolite” building begins to take shape. With speed, cost efficiency, and sustainability driving the specification for building products, Ecolite walls are delivering performance, value and scale to meet these demands. RQ Construction, of Carlsbad, Calif., one of the nation’s prominent Department of Defense contractors was awarded the Design Build facility by the U.S. Navy and has chosen Ecolite as its source for pre-fabricated walls.

“The Temp Lodge Facility (TLF) was the perfect opportunity to apply the Ecolite StudCast wall system,” said George Rogers, CEO of RQ Construction. “Our customer needed a building that cost less so that they could get first class furniture and fixtures, and they needed it fast. Ecolite gave us both and is helping us design it to a LEED Silver level. A lodge like this would normally take 12 to 14 months to build and we plan to do it in 8 months.”

Because Ecolite wall panels are engineered to the designer’s specifications and fabricated in a controlled manufacturing facility, nearly all of the TLF walls have been completed prior the start of installation. This flagship hotel will utilize more than 600 Ecolite wall panels, totaling more than 64,000 square feet, and is designed to be replicated on military bases across the United States.  The TLF will provide housing and accommodations to families and friends of those serving in the military. By deploying Ecolite wall panels, RQ Construction estimates a reduction in their total build time by 35 percent compared to using traditional building methods. However, the hotel will look and feel much like newer commercial hotels, except with exceptional strength and safety qualities.