Our friends at Masonry Design Magazine ran seven beautiful pages on Watershed Materials' newest technology exploring the adaptive re-use of excavation waste to produce structural masonry right at the construction site. The story was originally published on our blog written in collaboration with Westlake Urban and Alpha Group but looks so much better in print on Masonry Design Magazine's pages.
ArchDaily featured Watershed Materials in a great story on our mobile block production technology that turns excavation waste into building materials. ArchDaily ran this story following their initial feature on Watershed Block published shortly after the Stanford Lasuen project was completed.
""The pop-up plant itself works by applying ultra-high compression to loose excavation spoils, transforming it into a sustainable CMU. The pressure turns the mineral grains into a sort of sedimentary rock, mimicking the natural geological process of lithification."
Watershed Materials is teaming up with Westlake Urban and Alpha Group to explore a solution to a problem that real estate developers often face – excavation that has to be moved off a construction site to make way for new buildings.
Rather than haul off the excavation spoils then import thousands of concrete masonry units (CMUs) for use at the project, the developers and Watershed Materials are working together to repurpose native excavation material right at the job site to create the structural masonry blocks used in the development.
We’re proud to announce the recent hire of the very talented Dustin Hulbert as Watershed Materials’ Director of Research and Development. Dustin is charged with continuing development of high compression low cement masonry products, designing novel non-cement binder designs, and developing a growth strategy for expanding into other markets like Southern California and Central Texas.
Here’s a short interview we had with Dustin to introduce himself and describe where’s he’s been and where he’s going.
The letter from the Editor-in-Chief, Amanda Dameron, entitled In the Material World speaks to our mission in more ways than one : "This special issue celebrates the way that architects and residents alike have engaged bold material palettes as a vehicle for communicating their ideals ... It's inconceivable to conjure the work without the materials, not to mention the tireless minds that dared to recast the mundane."
We're thrilled to see our latest zero-cement block formulation on the cover of SNAP Magazine, a publication covering architectural news and products published by Architectural Record.
They write, "Offering a compressive strength of 2,500 psi, these blocks can replace concrete ones in commercial and residential buildings. Made of lime, aluminosilicates, and blast-furnace slag, these blocks provide an environmentally friendly alternative to Portland cement."
We're thrilled to hear that Watershed Block has been named a Green Builder Media Hot 50 product for 2016. Our sustainable low cement masonry block was awarded the honor amongst innovative green products from industry heavyweights including Tesla, Samsung, Whirlpool, Owens Corning, Enphase, Panasonic and Bosch.
Great company to be in!
Thanks to all those who came out to Watershed Materials' and Rammed Earth Works' Open House on Saturday, February 13th 2016. Over 200 people came out during the course of the event including Bay Area architects, engineers and developers interested in new techniques for sustainable building.
We're excited to be involved in our second BuildWell conference. This year, David Easton will be speaking in two panels:
Ultra Low Carbon Materials : Natural Building Goes Mainstream from 11:15a to 12:30p on Wednesday, February 10
Going Big League : Getting to Scale - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from 11:15a to 12:30p on Friday, February 12
Remixing Modern Masonry With Watershed Block : Modern Masonry Technology Adapts to Contemporary Needs, While Maintaining a Heritage of Strength and Greatness.
Watershed Materials is on a mission to reduce - or eliminate - cement from structural concrete masonry, one of the most common construction materials used around the world. The manufacture of cement is inordinately harmful to the environment, and humans make so much cement that it’s responsible for 6% of all the world’s CO2 emissions. Today, Watershed Materials is proud to announce a breakthrough production-ready zero cement block formulation that offers an impressive 2,500psi compressive strength, a gorgeous snow-white appearance, and an improved environmental profile.
Watershed Materials is thrilled to have Watershed Block incorporated in a beautiful new sustainable building on the Stanford University campus. This is the first project for Watershed Block at Stanford, but the company has a long history with the university. Rammed Earth Works, our sister company, built the rammed earth walls for the highly awarded Windhover Contemplative Center.
The project, set amongst a grove of eucalyptus trees, is one of the first buildings visitors see when they step onto campus. Chris Dorman, Principal Designer at Dorman Associates, worked with Alexander Eng, Kelly Rohlfs and Stacey Yuen at Stanford University to design the building.
Many thanks to ArchDaily's editor Rory Scott who reached out after reading a fun thread on Reddit and followed up with a fantastic piece about our development of low / zero cement structural masonry.
ArchDaily writes, "Right now, the Watershed Block is most popular with designers in the company's local area of California, but the company is confident that their technology could have wider, more transformative applications: in developing parts of the world, where cement can be expensive, Watershed Materials hopes that these technologies can make construction cheaper by using locally-available materials in place of costly cement."
Up to twice as strong as traditional concrete, Watershed Materials’ sustainable geopolymer masonry uses no cement, no fly ash, no blast furnace slag, no metakaolin, requires no high temperature kilning, and incorporates no dyes or colorants. “We’ve solved the puzzle to allow natural clays to form geopolymer bonds for the production of high strength building materials,” says Dr. Jose Muñoz, Watershed Materials’ director of technology. Read our first research report to find out more.
Dr. B.V. Venkatarama Reddy of the Center for Sustainable Studies at The Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore visited the Watershed Materials research lab and production facility in Napa, California.
The team at Watershed Materials was thrilled to share the day with Congressman Mike Thompson, who represents California's 5th congressional district that stretches from Clear Lake to Vallejo. Representative Thompson visited Watershed Materials' manufacturing facility and geopolymer research lab to find out more about the company and see how we're using the National Science Foundation's SBIR grants to develop technology for low cement sustainable masonry.
We're thrilled and flattered to be featured on the website of the National Science Foundation's SBIR program as well as their Tumblr. The NSF funded Watershed Materials' research, both for a geopolymer replacement to Portland cement used in concrete masonry and for a new machine platform to produce low (or zero) cement masonry. We're thankful that our research based on their funding - in this case our first prototype block machine - has made it's way up to their website and Tumblr.