Title: Concrete Buildings--New Formwork Perspectives
Author(s): W. R. Anthony
Publication: Symposium Paper
Appears on pages(s): 1-28
Keywords: beams (supports); buildings; columns (supports); economics; concrete construction; costs; form removal; formwork (construction); frames; framing systems; structural design; walls; Construction
This text moves from a macro view of the entire building process toward a micro view of the specific details, in an effort to maximize the value of a site-cast concrete building frame. It starts with an economic overview of the development process, including a budget analysis of a concrete framed building. A case is made for three basic principles that lead to constructability, allowing for efficiency during the construction of a site-cast concrete building from a formwork perspective. The text focuses on both horizontal and vertical design strategies, then attempts to integrate these concepts into a total project strategy using a 10-step approach. This paper stresses the need for teamwork. Teamwork is the key to achieving economy in the construction process, and good communications among all parties facilitates the team effort. The text is the product of a collaborative effort by the concrete construction division of a corporation. Their findings and recommendations were organized and integrated by the author. Additional resources are noted at the end of the article.