February 18, 2011 // Franchising.com // NEW HOLLAND, PA. - When the Hall family of Wichita, Kansas woke up this morning, they had no idea they'd never sleep in their beds again. After being greeted by the cast of ABC-TV's popular show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the Halls learned they were going to get a new home in seven days. And, the Superior Walls® foundation that launches this family's dream home will be installed within 12 hours.
"We're on-site and ready to install the 494 lineal feet of precast concrete foundation system for the basement of this home," says Keith Weller, CFO of Superior Walls of America. "Our team from Superior Walls of the Twin Cities will set this energy-efficient foundation in place during the middle of the night so that when the sun comes up on Friday, February 18th the construction process can begin."
Superior Walls, the nation's leading pre-cast concrete foundation system manufacturer, has signed on as a supporter for Season 8 of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The company is supplying and installing custom-made basement and crawl space foundations for a variety of homes featured on the home improvement television show in 2010 and 2011.
A skilled team from Superior Walls of the Twin Cities created the customized insulated panels for the home and transported them to the Wichita area for this project. The company's certified installation crew is on site to install the basement foundation starting at midnight on February 17th with an expected completion of noon on February 18th.
"The speed and efficiency with which we can provide a damp-proof foundation for a home is one of the chief reasons we were selected as a supporter of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," says Weller. "On this show, speed is king. Fortunately, we deal with fast, professional installation of foundations every day."
Superior Walls foundations systems have been awarded the Green Approved Product designation by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center. The insulated foundation systems can potentially save a family a substantial amount on their total heat losses simply because their home is constructed with the right foundation system.
The steel-reinforced concrete panels created by Superior Walls are matched up in the manufacturing process with DOW® StyrofoamTM boards, providing excellent rigid foam insulation. The resulting XiTM wall panels are constructed with a concrete face shell, backed by 2-1/2-inches of extruded polystyrene insulation. In addition, the steel reinforced concrete walls create a permanent barrier against sidewall water penetration, making the home damp proof.
Superior Walls of the Twin Cities manufactured the panels for the Hall's home in a climate-controlled environment in Hudson, Wisc. and then transported them to the home site from their location 650 miles away on four special carriers. Cranes are used to carefully lower the custom walls onto a bed of clean, crushed stone, where the panels will be permanently fixed into place.
"We're excited to support this home building project," says Darryl Wambold, general manager of Superior Walls of the Twin Cities. "We've previously assisted with three Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show projects. We know this foundation is the right start for the Hall home. Now they'll have a warm, dry, insulated foundation system that's the perfect platform on which the volunteers will create their dream home."
The Emmy award winning reality program "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," now in its 8th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It's executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.