Unlike many other industries, the construction sector isn’t known for undergoing rapid and dramatic change on a frequent basis, often sticking to the status quo for many decades and in some cases even centuries.
With that said, innovations in construction technology in key areas such as design capabilities, workforce machinery and environmentally conscious construction methods, has created a significant shift in the way that stakeholders operate. This includes architects, engineers and contractors alike.
Over time, a wide range of products, techniques and systems have been developed that shorten construction times, improve finished construction quality and create a safer and more environmentally friendly construction process.
One of the most dramatic shifts in the industry has been in the types of building materials developed throughout the years.
The History of Precast Concrete
The current version of what we know as concrete, which has always been regarded as the industry standard for building solid and durable structures, has gradually morphed into a more sophisticated and effective form known as precast concrete.
While it has made significant advancements to modern construction, precast concrete is not a new phenomenon by any means. The technique of pre-casting concrete was first utilized in ancient Rome to create structures such as tunnels, aqueducts and sewage systems.
Outside of the ancient Roman empire, the use of precast concrete was minimal until the late 18th century when a British construction engineer by the name of John Alexander Brodie thought it would be a great idea to utilize the technique to create building structural components such as floors, walls and ceilings among others.
Previously, concrete had to be mixed and poured on site, However, the advent of precast concrete made it possible for building components to be cast and hardened in a controlled factory environment. This has changed the way that concrete based structures are designed, cast and erected forever.
Since the resurgence of precast concrete over the past century, its applications have become more diverse, ranging from home construction to commercial, agricultural and civil construction.
Precast Concrete Today
Today, precast concrete is still a major factor in many construction projects because of it’s wide spectrum of advantages over on-site concrete casting.
The controlled environment that precast concrete is created in produces consistently stronger components because of the stringent casting and curing conditions.
Building components created with precast concrete can withstand many years of wear and tear as well as harsh weather conditions without losing beauty and strength.
Unlike pouring concrete on-site, erecting structures with precast concrete components is a much safer endeavor which creates a more worker-friendly and less accident-prone work site.
Precast concrete components are erected much faster than components cast on site, which means less time wasted, more productivity and lower total construction costs.
Want to find out more about how precast concrete can help make your next development a more cost effective and productive project? Call us today at Taracon Precast and speak with one of our knowledgeable team members.