Race Track Keeps Kirkpatrick on the Fast Track
Producer: Kirkpatrick Location: Leeds, AL
Kirkpatrick Concrete continues its relationship with The Barber Motorsports Park, a multi-purpose racing facility and vintage motorcycle museum located in Leeds, Alabama. The ready mix supplier is working with contractors on a major expansion of the record breaking facility.
A popular attraction at the park is the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, which is currently adding 85,000 square feet to an existing, 144,000-square-foot structure. As part of the project, each of the building’s five stories will be expanded and a glass atrium added to the structure.
Kirkpatrick Concrete, Inc., has been a supplier to the facility since its initial construction 13 years ago. “We provided concrete for the museum in 2003, so when they decided to do the expansion we were given the opportunity to bid on it,” said Rick Passey, Kirkpatrick’s Sales Manager – Central Division. “Based on our history, they have a confidence level with us,” said Passey. “They’ve seen us perform and are comfortable with our capabilities, so we’ve had the good fortune of being able to work with them on a repeat basis over the years.”
Because the addition will adjoin an existing structure, Kirkpatrick will make every effort to match the color and texture of existing concrete. “There is a lot of specialty, finished work on this structure, and a great deal of polished and architectural concrete,” said Passey. The expanded building will also feature curved ramps and other interesting concrete engineering that will make it both structurally and architecturally appealing.
In order to meet the project owner’s timetable, Kirkpatrick manufactured some of the concrete during winter months. “The concrete had to meet and accelerate its strength schedule so the owner could keep the construction schedule on track,” said Passey. “That required us to use accelerators, and for the contractor to also use an accelerated curing schedule. The owner wants to be open for business by the spring 2017 racing season.”
Kirkpatrick, which in 2015 finished a pedestrian grid that joins the museum to the racetrack’s infield, has a good history with Barber and is looking forward to finishing another successful project with its valued customer.
In 2015, Guinness World Records named the museum as the world's largest collection of vintage and contemporary motorcycles, with 1,398 unique exhibits.