How many of these building concerns do you share?
- Structures that will efficiently meet owner and occupant needs
- Structures that can be built economically and maintained efficiently
- Resilience to withstand severe weather threats that will interrupt ongoing building use
- Durable structures that will tolerate continual modification and resist abuse
Concrete structural frames provide valuable benefits worth exploring.
Appropriate concrete floor systems provide the needed flexibility for modification as operational or tenant needs change.
- Structural systems have a direct impact on a building’s future modification ease and cost.
- Concrete voided slab and flat plate floor systems do this effectively and economically.
- The best systems permit ongoing operations during expansion.
Building Code Minimums are not intended to ensure building occupancy following a threat event. If you don’t insist on more resilient “code-plus” design, minimum is most likely what you will get.
- Require “code-plus” design for your building to resist possible threats to residents from severe weather events likely to occur in the region such as: hurricane, tornado, flood, and earthquake.
- Concrete frames are economical and reliable for resistance to natural threats.
When resilience and durability matters no building system performs as reliably, or as economically as steel reinforced concrete.
- Concrete surfaces resist abuse exceptionally well.
- The inorganic nature of concrete discourages the growth of costly maintenance headaches like mold and mildew.
- Exposed concrete can be very attractive and minimizes the need for additional surface treatments.
Concrete walls and floors provide the mass required to effectively reduce the transmission of sound.
- Sound transmission is very common concern for most dense commercial office spaces.
- Economical sound control favors the use of materials with noise mitigating properties.
- Concrete buildings are inherently quiet.
Concrete is non-combustible and, because of its low thermal conductivity, protects from the spread of fire.
- While several strategies help prevent fire spread, appropriate material selection denies a fire structural fuel at the source.
- Concrete is inherently fire resistant and will not burn.
- Concrete offers critical protection for building occupants and firefighters.
Concrete takes any shape with remarkable efficiency and that shape will also be very efficient to maintain.
- A secure and upscale appearance need not be complex or costly.
- Concrete can take any shape and mimic far more expensive materials effectively and economically.
- Concrete is also an inherently low maintenance material.
Concrete is often faster from the start with immediate availability, local materials and quicker building operations.
- Concrete and reinforcing materials are typically sourced locally and can be supplied very quickly.
- Transportation cost and schedule concerns are also reduced as a result.
- Concrete construction also permits more concurrent work – a benefit to construction scheduling.
Concrete absorbs vibration that can be uncomfortable for occupants.
- Because today’s business technologies are more prone to be vibration sensitive, the structural system’s ability to mitigate vibration deserves scrutiny.
- Concrete structural systems offer inherent vibration absorption other materials simply cannot.
Daylighting is a popular feature sought after to improve occupant comfort and reduce ongoing energy costs.
- Daylighting not only reduces energy costs, it contributes to attractiveness and comfort.
- Concrete provides inherent reflective properties which can be valuable when implementing daylighting design strategies.
- Concrete structures also readily permit popular full-height windows.
Concrete is comfort-friendly as its thermal mass can enable temperature mitigation strategies that can improve comfort and significantly reduce energy costs.
- Concrete’s inherent thermal mass and conductivity helps regulate temperature changes within a building.
- This capacity is being leveraged in many types of buildings around the country as a valuable contributor to Net-Zero energy strategies.
Flat plate concrete floor systems can lower the height of many vertical systems which are often far costlier per foot of rise than the structure itself.
- Low floor-to-floor heights provide more revenue space per foot of building height and less cost for all vertical rise systems.
- Concrete flat plates do this effectively and economically.
- In areas with building height restrictions this benefit can be critical.