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How Concrete Moisture Can Derail Fast Track Construction

Posted by ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete on Jan 19, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Though concrete moisture generally poses a threat in any construction context, it is especially problematic when a construction timeline is compressed. Fast track construction inherently has its fair share of advantages, speed to market and potentially lower overhead costs, to name a few, but does magnify the risk of flooring damage if concrete slab moisture precautions aren’t taken seriously. There is less tolerance for time delays between concrete and flooring installation, but designers, contractors and owners that are aware of the problem from the beginning are in a better position to execute a problem-free project.

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Topics: Moisture Mitigation

Moisture Mitigation: Excess Concrete Moisture Warning Signs

Posted by ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete on Dec 29, 2016 10:33:00 AM

When proper moisture mitigation precautions aren’t taken, or occasionally, even when they are, there’s a good chance your facility’s foundation or flooring could be compromised. There’s a reason concrete moisture mitigation exists on such a massive scale, and it’s because millions of dollars are at risk if excess moisture is left unchecked. We cover some of the early warning signs that, despite all efforts, excess concrete moisture could be an issue.

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Topics: Moisture Mitigation

How Construction Design Impacts Speed to Market

Posted by ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete on Dec 14, 2016 11:38:00 PM

The benefits of fast tracking a project are attractive to say the least. Successful fast track construction gives owners an edge by allowing them to enter a target market sooner, launching immediate revenue streams and a chance to beat potential competitors to the punch. If, and this is an important if, a fast-track project can limit its mistakes so costs don’t match or surpass the savings from an accelerated construction schedule, fast track construction would certainly be worth the trouble

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Topics: Rapid-Drying Concrete, fast track construction

Progressive Design-Build for Fast Track Construction

Posted by ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete on Nov 28, 2016 1:36:00 PM

We’ve previously discussed the benefits of design-build compared to the more traditional design-bid-build construction delivery method. The combination of the contractor and designer as one entity can accelerate projects and make an owner’s life much easier when managing fast track construction. The so-called “progressive” design-build takes the original design-build delivery method even further. In addition to the convenient single point of contact, owners can expect earlier collaboration and a more intuitive pricing approach.

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Four Primary Benefits of Fast Track Construction

Posted by ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete on Nov 23, 2016 2:34:00 PM

Fast track construction is becoming more commonplace, especially in industries such as retail, healthcare and telecommunications. The shift away from traditional building methods entails involving the general contractor in a project before designs are finalized, and thus considerably condensing the construction timeline. While there are daunting challenges that must be met to execute this correctly and it’s not without risk, there are several benefits of this construction approach.  

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Topics: Rapid-Drying Concrete, fast track construction

What is Relative Humidity (RH) and Why is It Important for Moisture Mitigation?

Posted by ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete on Nov 23, 2016 2:29:00 PM

Relative Humidity (RH) is the amount of water vapor in the air compared to the amount of moisture the air could hold at a given temperature. RH can also be applied to concrete and serves as the most important indicator for when a concrete slab reaches appropriate dryness levels. RH informs construction crews when flooring materials can be safely installed without risk of damages that have cost the construction industry more than $1 billion.   

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Topics: Moisture Mitigation

Management and Trends in Fast Track Construction

Posted by ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete on Nov 23, 2016 2:00:00 PM

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.

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Why Moisture Mitigation Shouldn’t Be Underestimated

Posted by ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete on Nov 23, 2016 9:08:00 AM

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.   

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Topics: Moisture Mitigation

Mitigating Risk in Fast Track Construction for Owners and GCs

Posted by ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete on Oct 12, 2016 10:06:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Moisture Mitigation, fast track construction

Why is Water — A Necessary Component of Concrete — So Dangerous?

Posted by ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete on Oct 3, 2016 1:05:00 PM

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?

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Topics: Moisture Mitigation, Rapid-Drying Concrete