March 13, 2012

Lonestar Prestress Installs Hardened Structures for Hurricane Ike Recovery Projects

Hurricane Ike made landfall in September of 2008, just north of Galveston Island devastating the Texas coastline and beyond. While much of the damaged infrastructure has been repaired or rebuilt, there are still many Ike Recovery projects in the works today. Lonestar Prestress Manufacturing Inc. (LPMI), recently installed four precast concrete EASI-SET buildings in two small coastal communities to house emergency standby generators. These generators will supply backup power to water and waste water plants for neighborhoods near Freeport and Sargent, Texas.

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The owners of the two Ike Recovery projects, Matagorda County and The Commodore Cove Utility Improvement District, each received two hardened concrete shelters designed to withstand 140 mph hurricane force winds along with windborne debris. The engineering firm of Baker and Lawson was hired by these utilities to design the projects. Lead engineer, Steve Matulla P.E., chose LPMI's all-concrete, pre-engineered buildings because he wanted to provide his clients with a durable, cost effective structure, and also wanted a product that would stand up well in the corrosive gulf coast environment with little or no maintenance.

IES Commercial and McDonald Electric were the contractors awarded the projects. Their scope of work included construction of the elevated concrete foundations, stairways and all electrical work at the sites.

LPMI manufactures prestressed concrete poles for the lighting, utility and security industries as well as EASI-SET and EASI-SPAN buildings and other assorted custom precast products. Please visit our website for more information at

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