Properly designed and specified precast concrete products go a long way toward reducing and eliminating many common utility construction problems, while the economics of precast translate into faster, more cost-effective projects.
Verifying Construct Quality
Because precast products are manufactured under roof in climate-controlled environments, it’s easy to verify their quality without making repeated visits to the work site typical for other construction methods. Coupled with the quality standards established by the precast industry (found in certified plants) and higher standards in force at individual manufacturers (such as Tindall), verifying quality is very easy and becomes a non-issue.
Precast, prestressed products provide a long service life that far exceeds other materials. High-strength precast products are less porous and less likely to crack than cast-in-place, offering a superior solution for watertight requirements. In fact, precast increases in strength over time, due to its load-carrying capacity. Plus, precast is not susceptible to corrosion, warping or deflection and can handle exposure to all types of weather.
Tighten Timelines; Reduce Costs
Specifying precast products will compress construction schedules. Since precast products are manufactured under roof while the site is prepared, there is no waiting time for curing cement or delays for harsh weather. Products are delivered when needed for quick, one-pass installation and minimal site disruption. Compressed schedules, fewer on-site trades, and eliminating weather delays add up to reduced project costs.
Precast products eliminate many of the dangers associated with on-site construction by providing a controlled, off-site fabrication environment. For instance, when protective coatings are required, precast reduces safety issues with factory-controlled application versus field application of the often toxic substances.
On-site, precast requires less trades for construction, reducing the number of people on site and the number of opportunities for accidents.
Optimize Skilled Trade Resources
Precast products are manufactured in controlled environments by skilled tradesmen, not on site. When delivered to the site, they can be set and ready for use and/or quickly backfilled. So precast projects employ fewer trades on site than with build-in-place construction, which means fewer personnel to manage, fewer trades to pay and fewer trade-related delays. That translates into reduced costs and less concern about finding a skilled labor force when you need it.