Grand Odyssey Theatre

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Location: Watertown, SD
Square Footage: 24,351 (overall) 43,923 (Fox Blocks)
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The owners of the Grand Odyssey Theatre aimed to bring a modern theatre experience with state-of-the-art amenities to Watertown, South Dakota. To deliver on this promise, they needed to construct a theatre with tall walls that would allow for stadium seating. This need was even more challenging in a region that is plagued by high winds. The general contractor had not used Fox Blocks or ICF before but felt assured that even in this windy climate, by using a standoff bracket for the turnbuckle attached to the masonry frames, the walls would remain straight while the concrete was being poured.

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The contractor also had to solve for poor soil conditions, which required having to excavate and replace the existing soil. This site issue was unforeseen and, as a result, extended the project timeline, carrying construction into the bitter winter months. In fact, the last Fox Blocks pour took place in subzero temps; the predicted high that day was -15℉.

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After the pour, only the top of the wall was covered with insulation. The following day, the project superintendent removed a piece of the insulation, expecting the concrete to be frozen; but, to his disbelief, it was not. Thanks to Fox Blocks, the concrete maintained its integrity, despite freezing temps.

Project Stats

Location: Watertown, South Dakota
Industry:
Entertainment
Type:
Cinema
Size:
24,351 sq. ft. (floor)
ICF Use:
43,923 sq. ft.
Cost:
$5 million
Total Construction:
36 weeks
ICF Installation:
38 days

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