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Material Shortages Drive General Contractors to Use New Techniques

Widespread shortages in material and skyrocketing prices have drastically impacted the construction industry, leading to development cost increases and project delays nationwide. The lack of accessibility to steel and lumber has caused many general contractors to look for new ways to build their projects. Don’t let supply chain challenges stop you in your tracks.

When planning multifamily housing, mixed-use buildings or multi-level commercial buildings, consider converting your wood frame construction project to be built with post-tension concrete decks.

The post-tension concrete technique uses positioned high tensile strength steel cables. The concrete is then poured, and tension is applied as the cables are pulled tight, or tensioned, against the outer edges of the concrete.

Advantages include:

  • Expedited project delivery schedule
  • Increased performance
  • Lifetime cost-savings
  • Lower insurance premiums
  • Potential elimination of fireproofing needs
  • Minimizes multiple floor substrates resulting in reduced sound transmission
  • Floor-to-floor height reduction allowing for more façade options
  • Strength and flexibility with building foundations

The upfront design cost of converting to post-tension concrete is quickly offset in pre-construction and lifetime savings cost. It’s worth the hard work and effort.

Our past performance speaks for itself:

Talk to Kent Companies for value engineering early in the design process.