A Cape Cod Town Invests in Easi-Set Restrooms to Withstand Harsh Coastal Conditions
At the center of Cape Cod is Dennis, Mass. This beach town, which offers year-round attractions associated with its coastal location, has been updating its beachfront properties with comfort stations that can withstand the corrosive, high-wind environment. The latest restroom, on West Dennis Beach, is the fifth precast concrete Easi-Set Building to be built in Dennis in four years. Shea Concrete Products, an Easi-Set Buildings licensed producer in Wilmington, Mass., manufactured and installed all the Easi-Set restrooms, including this Skyline Model.
“The town of Dennis chose precast concrete as a solution to withstand the coastal environment they face on all fronts,” says Frank Dimando, a sales/project manager with Shea Concrete Products. “High winds, driving rains, grating sand and ocean spray are a few of the many environmental challenges these buildings must endure along the coast. Many of the conventionally built restrooms on the beachfronts were in decay from being exposed to that environment and required extensive maintenance to keep them in working order.”
Customization is an option for every Easi-Set Building, and this restroom has knockouts to accommodate the solar panels and solar water heater supplied by the town. Translucent glass block windows were added on each side of the restroom and in the utility chase to allow natural light to fill the interior spaces.
Easi-Set Buildings are manufactured in a factory by licensed producers to minimize the effects of weather, trades coordination and labor issues. This contributes to the cost savings of precast concrete buildings compared to built-in-place construction.
Precast concrete buildings also install fast, typically taking just hours. Shea Concrete Products assembled and outfitted the restroom at its facility and installed the building in one day. “We loaded the building onto our truck in the morning and waited for the state police escorts to arrive,” Dimando says. “We delivered the building to the site, unloaded it and set it with the help of Baxter Crane. We were finished with the install in the early afternoon.”
Buildings on the Cape have to endure the torrents of summer storms with high winds and driving rains, as well as sub-zero winters. With the weather becoming more erratic each year, precast concrete buildings have proven they can withstand the extreme conditions from coast to coast.
“The town of Dennis has been investing in itself to make its beachfront more comfortable for its residents and tourists,” says Art Miles, president of Easi-Set Worldwide. “In Shea Concrete Products, the town has found a true partner that can deliver quality precast concrete products that will last.”
Shea Concrete Products has served its industry for more than 50 years, producing the highest-quality precast concrete products. Its products are manufactured to its customer’s exact specifications and arrive on the job site ready for installation, saving time and money. Visit Shea Concrete.