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This is a resource to the construction industry in providing research, testing, engineering and technological advancements in the manufacturing and use of Spancrete holllowcore and other precast construction components.

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Advantages of Spancrete

Construction and Short Term Benefits

Spancrete hollowcore plank is erected quickly year-round in all types of weather, making fast-track construction routine. A small crew can install up to 10,000 square feet per day. Once grouted, the plank serves as an immediate work deck for other trades. Plank surfaces require minimal preparation for pad and carpeting or other types of flooring. Textured paint or other ceiling materials can be applied to the plank bottom. Virtually unsurpassed in design flexibility, Spancrete hollowcore plank's long spans allow for large, open interiors without obstructions or expensive support structures. Plank can also be angle cut and cantilevered to fit almost any artisitic vision.


Fire Safety

With ratings up to four hours, precast is unsurpassed for providing fire resistance and containment when incorporated into a comprehensive balanced design. Precast concrete does not burn or give off fumes in the hottest fires, and maintains its structural integrity resulting in more time to evacuate safely and extinguish the fire.

Weather Patterns

A precast system provides protection against hurricane-force winds; and prestressed concrete has recently been cited as being an effective barrier to damage from tornados as well.

Precast concrete is impervious to termites and dry rot, creating a structure that does not weaken over time.

Occupant Satisfaction

Because concrete reduces vibration, decreases noise transmissions, and creates a safer environment, occupants feel the solidity and inherent quiet and comfort such and environment provides.

Consequently, buildings constructed with Spancrete systems have higher occupancy rates, greater tenant satisfaction, better lease rates and outstanding resale values.