Speed Fab-Crete's Precast Concrete Walls Lengthen Life of Two Bucks Beverage Center

Staff | September 28, 2010

Fort Worth-based Speed Fab-Crete, a 56-year-old full-service commercial builder specializing in design-build applications, has been selected by Two Bucks Beverage Center to build a new expanded retail outlet near the intersection of I-35 West and Felix Street in Fort Worth.

The 19,000-square-foot, two-story facility will replace and double the size of the present retail outlet, which first opened 65 years ago. Callahan & Freeman Architects is the project's designer. The building's exterior will feature Speed Fab-Crete's precast concrete wall panels, finished with a wainscot and cornices in a random rectangular pattern of Austin limestone rock. Overhead coiling metal doors will add increased security for the building's contents.

The new building will include a spacious products floor; wine, beer and wholesale storage; a check-cashing center; and administrative offices. Custom-painted murals, featuring major beverage brands, will decorate upper areas of the products floor, which will be half the size of the total building.

Two Bucks is Fort Worth's leading party supply beverage company and a third-generation family business. The late Elvin "Buck" Russell opened the Two Bucks liquor store at its current location in 1942. Today, his son, Vernon Russell, is president of the company and Vernon's son, Steven Russell, serves as general manager. The expansion project also will increase the firm's work force to about 30 employees.

"The precast concrete walls of a Speed Fab-Crete building will have a longer life for our investment," said Steven Russell, Two Bucks general manager. "The size and quality of the 6-inch-thick concrete walls also convinced the family to select Speed Fab-Crete as our contractor."