Advances in concrete technology and construction make structural concrete a viable material choice in terms of costs and time savings. Cast-in-place structural concrete framing for mid- and high-rise construction provides benefits in all stages of the project from pre-construction to completion.
Structural concrete framing systems offers initial time advantages, as materials are often readily available from local suppliers and admixtures can be used to overcome construction challenges. With superplasticizing admixtures, high concrete strengths are reached rapidly, allowing other trades to work upward in the building as new floors are being poured above. The ability to simultaneously build additional floors while trades install electric and plumbing significantly reduces construction schedules.
In addition to costs savings, admixture innovation permits engineers and architects to incorporate longer spans with smaller columns into designs to maximize usable space. Because concrete has a lower floor-to-floor height, one to two additional floors can be added to the building if permitted in the design. For commercial applications, these advancements maximize marketable space, increase tenant options, and increase return on investment (ROI).
Structural concrete framing provides customers with a building that is quieter, stronger, safer, more energy efficient, and easier and less expensive to maintain than buildings constructed with alternative structural framing materials. Additionally, cast-in-place structural concrete is one of the most fire-resistive building materials available. The benefits of structural concrete framing allow ROI to continue after the project is completed.
Using structural concrete framing systems for your mid- or high-rise construction project results in competitive initial construction costs, lower life-cycle costs over the service life of the structure, and the lowest environmental impacts.
The Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association offers valuable technical resources for designers and contractors who provide ready-mix solutions for customers. For more information, refer to the publication titled “Mid- and High-Rise Structural Concrete Framing” on WRMCA’s website.
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