Building with Concrete

As sustainable as it is durable, concrete offers an endless array of cost-effective possibilities and versatile results for residential and commercial buildings

Architectural Concrete at San Diego International Airport

Expanding Terminal 2 at the San Diego International Airport was the largest improvement project in the airport’s 81-year history. The expansion — dubbed “The Green Build” because of the airport authority’s commitment to sustainability and environmentally friendly materials and methods — cost $907 million and at peak construction created 1,000 jobs.

Here are some things to take into consideration when building ICF Safe Rooms:

ICF Safe Rooms Offer Shelter From Natural Disasters

Tornadoes are extremely dangerous natural disasters that can come with little to no warning. People who live in tornado-prone areas, as well as those in hurricane locales, should have a safe place to go when bad weather hits. In the worst-case scenario, not having a proper safe place to retreat to can become a death sentence for homeowners and/or their families. 

Concrete with a break in the middle to indicate flexural break

Consider an Overlayment’s Tensile and Flexural Strength

Many often use compressive strength — the ability of a material to withstand compression or pushing it together —  to determine mortar and concrete’s quality. This makes sense for floors and overlayments as the primary forces applied to them are downward, compressive loads from traffic, equipment or anything affected by […]

Pros and Cons of Commercial versus Residential Concrete Construction

About a week after having my fourth child, I received several kind comments and gestures from people across our industry. But two in particular stuck out. The first involved a residential client and the second was from a commercial general contractor. The interactions made me ponder the pros and cons of residential construction versus commercial.