Full Precast Buildings System
Combining architectural and structural precast concrete components can provide the entire building envelope. The system can take several forms, including precast columns and beams with panelized cladding or load-bearing precast walls and double-tee or hollow-core flooring. It provides a significant number of advantages.
One-stop shopping secures much of the building’s shell in one efficient contractual relationship. Designers find precast systems easier to design than masonry or other building materials as we have a strong engineering department with highly skilled staffs.
The ability to begin fabrication while permitting and site work are completed allows precast concrete to begin erection as soon as foundations are complete. Precast components can be erected in severe conditions, maintaining tight schedules. With full precast building systems, fast erection allows the contractor to enclose the building quickly, giving other trades like MEP, Finishes etc. faster access to commence their works thereby substantially reducing the time frame of the project by involving parallel works. Precast product’s inherent fire resistance eliminates the messy and time-consuming work of fireproofing a steel structure and then repairing it as other trades finish.
Other key value propositions includes:
Precast concrete panels require less maintenance than other materials, typically only occasional recaulking, usually every seven to 10 years. As sealants improve, that timetable will lengthen. Incorporating the architectural design into the structure enlarges panel sizes, minimizing the number of joints. This significantly reduces the chance for water penetration that can weaken a structure and cause unsightly staining and mold problems.
Our Quality procedures are complying the latest precast industry best practices and the production is conducted in controlled environments. The tight control ensures components are produced with uniform consistency, finish and size. This minimizes concerns over the building’s final appearance and reduces site work required to achieve the needed outcomes.
Because of precast concrete’s tightly controlled and shorter production process, costs can be more accurately estimated earlier in the process. Parallel effort by precast engineering ensures estimates remain stable, assuring the contractor, owner and design team that the budget is sound.
Further the time saved during construction, reduction of manpower at site, and enabling parallel works of different trades ensures a efficient site execution there by reducing the overall construction costs of the contractor.
Plant casting keeps the site cleaner and eliminates trades from the construction zone, improving logistics and enhancing worker safety. The ability to provide a clean site is particularly vital on live localities and in dense urban areas, where adjacent businesses can maintain near-normal activities.
Interior Design Flexibility
Precast concrete systems help buildings adapt to changing client needs. Various super span pre-stressed precast products match typical composite-steel framing and minimize the need for interior columns required with cast-in-place systems. High Precast spans provides unique opportunities for challenging interior requirements. Precast also provides high floor-loading capability with little added cost.
Precast concrete offers a number of environmental benefits. It requires fewer chemicals to keep it clean over its long lifetime, and it offers a high thermal mass. It can be produced locally and creates no job waste. Cement reducers such as fly ash and other admixtures also aid its environmental friendliness. And its high durability gives it a total service life that far outpaces designs using other building materials.
Tight Floor-To-Floor Heights
Adaptability for composite construction allows precast system to work along with various innovative construction systems to reduce the use of beams and other structural components thereby reducing the clear height. This can provide additional built up area in the same plot limits and increase the ROI of the building.
Total precast concrete systems allow the architectural panels to serve structural functions, limiting the need to incorporate multiple materials and trades.
Lateral Design Flexibility
Combining architecture and structure provides efficiencies in many buildings’ lateral support systems. External elements, typically cladding on steel or concrete-framing systems, can become laterally stiff and resist wind and earthquake forces. Parallel efforts by the precast engineer can provide the structural engineer with specific input ahead of final construction document preparation, limiting shop-drawing review effort and redesign.
A total precast concrete system provides one-stop shopping for the building envelope. Having one source design and supply the entire system produces a better coordinated set of drawings that allows construction to proceed more efficiently. It eliminates the added effort needed to coordinate various trades when using mixed systems controlled by different suppliers.
This combination of benefits creates cost savings that begin with the design process and last throughout the life of the building. When all of these hidden and long-term costs are included, precast concrete offers the best value and the highest return on investment.