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Denver Company Builds Green With PVC

With the construction of a state-of-the-art vehicle wash in Stapleton, a Colorado company is bringing a new way to build to the Mountain States.

DENVER, Colorado (October 25, 2012) – Denver builder, ASLAN COMPANIES is using Octaform, a PVC stay-in-place concrete forming system, to build and finish the walls of a Stapleton vehicle wash.

Not content to rely only on traditional construction methods, it was ASLAN’s spirit of innovation and sustainability that led them to this unique concrete forming technology. “Octaform,“ explained Aaron Voorhees, President of ASLAN, “offers us a way to build better, faster and stronger for our clients.”

With OCTAFORM, ASLAN assembles PVC walls on site and fills them with concrete. The built-in finish eliminates the need for further cladding, protection, or paint and protects the concrete from the corrosive chemicals, moisture and heat of a modern car wash.

“The watertight finish,” says Voorhees, “gives an unprecedented level of protection to the walls.”

By protecting the integrity of the walls, Octaform also extends the life of the structure, reducing its long-term carbon footprint.

“Durability might not scream ‘green design’ like solar panels or reclaimed lumber but for us, it is huge,” explains Voorhees, “The most sustainable building, after all, is the one still standing.”

Octaform’s ‘green’ benefits don’t stop there. Concrete walls are already known to be very energy-efficient. Octaform reduces the usual carbon footprint of building them by shipping efficiently and eliminating the need for heavy equipment or steel forms. Add to this a bright finish that reduces lighting requirements and LEED points start to add up.

The bright finish of the Octaform wall system appealed to Voorhees on a business level too. “A dark, dingy wash bay is just not going to attract customers,” he explains, “With Octaform, those bays will look great for a long time.”

“AutoWash@Stapleton” is expected to be open first quarter 2013.


ASLAN COMPANIES, INC. is a Colorado general contractor / design builder. ASLAN brings special expertise using alternative wall systems to Car Washes, Hardened Homes, Bomb Shelters, General Commercial Buildings, and Thermally Efficient Residential “Green” Homes.

OCTAFORM has been helping builders all over the world form and finish high performance concrete structures for over 10 years. Innovation & design versatility has given them a foothold in commercial and agricultural sectors as well as tank construction for aquaculture and biogas.