Midland Steel Company Takes Part in Innovative Construction Project

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Bunker-Style Luxury Condominiums Utilize Midland’s Steel Expertise

Steel supplier and fabricator of choice for commercial and industrial construction

Midland Steel Company

We have played an integral part in many interesting projects, but the Survival Condo Project is probably among the most unique.

It’s a housing project unlike any other — a 15-story building that goes underground instead of above ground. It includes 1,800 square-foot condos, a swimming pool, gym, movie theater and indoor dog park. Midland Steel Company is proud to have been part of the framing construction, which took place about three hours west of Kansas City.

Utilizing a former missile silo near Concordia, Kansas, Midland Steel worked with project engineers to complete the framing of the living structures in a 176-foot deep hole, 40 percent of which is covered with a 9-foot concrete slab. All the steel for the project was meticulously transported across miles of farmland and delivered through a silo door that caps the silo.

The frame has a ring beam at the bottom, with pilings built to support the structure. Anchor bolts were used to bridge the two-inch gap between the framing system and the silo walls, and the frame is also attached to the silo’s original cap and the bottom ring beam. The silo shaft walls are a 26-foot radius, while the columns are placed at a 25-foot-3-inch radius.

This is the second Survival Condo Project Midland Steel has had the pleasure of working on with designer Larry Hall and MAI Design Build. With that first structure’s condos all sold out, Midland Steel is hard at work on the second nearby silo.

“This is an exciting project for Midland Steel,” said Roger Bibens, president. “It had its difficulties too. For example, we couldn’t use hand signals as we lowered the steel to the bottom; we had to communicate solely with radios.”

Special rigging was utilized to bring the steel into the structure, often with only a couple of inches of space to spare. The team used a crane and offset pulley riggings to guide the steel to the bottom up as construction progressed.

“We have played an integral part in many interesting projects,” said Bibens, “but this one is probably among the most unique.”

The condos and amenities are built with survivalists’ mentality in mind, as the original silo was constructed to withstand a nuclear blast. Should a catastrophe occur, such as a global war, a solar flare wiping out the power grid, or a disease threatening humanity, those who buy into the $3 million full floor unit condos will have a place to call home.

The structure also contains a pharmacy, hydroponic vegetable garden, tilapia fish tanks, power generation and a filtration system for extremely clean air among other amenities and has been featured on top news platforms like CNN, National Geographic, Fox News and more.

About Midland Steel Company:
Midland Steel Company and Midland Steel Erection are the steel supplier, fabricator and erector of choice for commercial and industrial construction. Located just northwest of Kansas City in Wathena, Kansas, and Riverside, Missouri, respectively, Midland Steel is ideally situated to serve the Greater Kansas City and Midwestern markets. For more than half a century, Midland Steel has promoted customer loyalty and satisfaction with high quality work and business integrity.

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