For quite some time, most construction contractors have shared the familiar feeling that tilt-up concrete cannot deliver complex designs on projects. To most contractors, tilt-up as a building system can only be used to construct less complex projects that needed a box-like structure. However, that perspective is changing among new players in the industry as project managers have started incorporating concrete panels into their plans. If you are a new contractor who is reluctant to use tilt-up panels, this post highlights some of the significant advantages of the building system.
One of the significant challenges the construction industry faces is working within tight project timeframes on top of the complexities and uncertainties involved. Therefore, it is common for project managers to push deadlines a couple of times. The tilt-up building system is, however, unmatched with regards to turnaround times. For instance, it might take up to five to six months to construct a 400,000 sq-ft warehouse using traditional bricklaying methods. The same project can, however, be completed in under eight weeks using tilt-up panels. It is attributed to the fact that erecting concrete boards more or less follows a repetitive pattern and that speeds up the construction process.
In any construction project, safety takes priority. However, working on multi-storey building projects calls for extra safety measures mainly because workers have to work on scaffolding. As such, project managers need to be on work sites to ensure that workers follow laid down safety procedures. Although precautions are taken to ensure safety, accidents are still a reality. Tilt-up panels eliminate such safety issues to a certain degree because most of the work is done at ground level — from raising to bracing the panels. Moreover, since less time is needed to complete a construction process, contractors and engineers can spend more time devising more secure ways of anchoring the panels.
You will agree that projects in the construction industry can only be considered profitable if site managers can keep costs as low as possible. Since tilt-up panels are repetitive in the erection, rigging, and bracing processes, it is easy to estimate the overall expenses incurred. Additionally, the simplicity of concrete panels ensures that alterations are kept to a minimum, which helps keep costs low. Besides, the number of personnel required to rig and operate panel lifting cranes is considerably low compared to other competing construction techniques like brick laying. Most importantly, cost saving is key for new entrants in the construction industry.