Most owners, designers and contractors are familiar with the concept of moisture mitigation. What isn’t always understood is the gravity of what moisture mitigation will do for a facility or what could happen if it’s neglected. Concrete construction, for good reason, is at the center of the moisture mitigation conversation. From flooring failures and liabilities to the serious implications of sick building syndrome, tackling the issues of excess moisture in concrete slabs can’t be ignored.
Topics: Moisture Mitigation
We’re diving deeper into the topic of fast track construction to help our readers manage their projects more effectively. Rapid-drying concrete is only one component of a successful fast track project and there are many moving parts that present challenges even relative to traditional design-bid-build construction. The owner, designer and contractors all have a responsibility to anticipate these challenges to get their facilities operational as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Topics: Rapid-Drying Concrete
The benefits of fast track construction are many and well-documented, especially the potential speed to revenue benefits for the owner/developer. Certain delivery methods that facilitate fast track construction, such as the increasingly common “design-build” method, call for untraditional ways of operating. And while the potential cost and time savings of fast track construction are real, there are some inherent risks. Owners and general contractors (GCs) must be aware of these risks in order to see through a smooth fast track construction project to its completion.
Water is an absolutely necessary component for the formation of concrete. When mixed with cement, a chemical reaction known as hydration creates bonds between water molecules and cementitious materials to form hydrates. This natural reaction gives concrete the strength and durability that has made the building material the foundation of construction for millennia. Moisture in excess within concrete, however, can lead to a myriad of issues and the erosion of flooring materials. But why is something so essential to concrete’s formation the cause of so much trouble?
Rapid-drying concrete’s benefits are two-fold: the mitigation of moisture damage risk and the immediate acceleration of construction. Owners, general contractors and designers are all, in the end, beneficiaries of the advantages rapid-drying concrete provides. Architects want the most effective materials for their project and the protection of their reputation. General contractors want to please the owner by constructing a facility on budget and on schedule. Owners, meanwhile, want to see their facility become operational as fast as possible so revenue streams can be quickly realized. These goals, however, are unobtainable without dependable, predictable building materials.
The standard design-build construction method, where a contractor and designer work in tandem, differs from the traditional design-bid-build construction method in which the owner/developer maintains separate contracts for both the designer and contractor. Generally speaking, the contractor leads the design-build method, and then hires an architect to design the facility.
Alongside the designer, hiring the general contractor (GC) is the most important decision an owner/developer can make for a large-scale construction project. There are few choices as impactful on one’s project as choosing the correct GC for your facility construction. While there is often the temptation to skimp and opt for a cheaper option, you will want to hire someone you can trust and — as importantly — someone with whom you can collaborate with through adversity.
The mitigation of moisture in concrete floor slabs began as a late-stage reactionary measure when it was found the moisture levels were above that allowed by the floor-covering manufacturer at the time the flooring was scheduled to be installed.
As the need for mitigating slab moisture became commonplace around the country, design professionals, owners, project managers and general contractors began to utilize a proactive approach where moisture mitigation became an integral part of project specifications and budget. Given an increased demand for moisture mitigation, the number of moisture mitigation products and approaches introduced to the marketplace shot upwards.
Topics: Moisture Mitigation
As a general contractor or project manager you have much to think about at the start of a project. You must choose the right subcontractors and develop a schedule that allows you to coordinate the activity of multiple trades and complete your building on time and within or below budget. Still, unforeseen events can drastically impact your plans, your schedule and your budget. Read our guide on comparing moisture mitigation solutions to see which is right for your project.
The Tech Industry Doesn’t Sleep, Nor Does its Facility Development
Data centers, server farms, telecomm facilities, and laboratories, among other tech facilities, commonly fit within the definition of mission critical. The interruption or delay of operations within these hubs would result in disaster for business and severely compromise revenue streams. Both post-construction risk mitigation and speed to revenue are of vital importance to the owners and developers of these projects because of the timely significance of their functionality.