For over 25 years, we have provided structural solutions in different projects, such as the Dinner Show Joyá by Cirque du Soleil, Calle Corazón on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen, and the Torre ANKOR in Villahermosa.
We are specialists in the essence of each project: the structure. Therefore, when a project is divided into parts, we continue to build quality concrete, post-tension concrete, and metal structures.
Concrete structure benefits and differences
Concrete is among the most widely used material in the construction industry due to its strength, durability, and thermal mass. Below are some of its benefits:
- It is energy efficient, since concrete walls are slow in heat transmission and reduce temperature changes.
- It requires less energy to produce than other construction structures.
- By reflecting more light and absorbing less heat, it helps reduce the urban heat island effect that is common in big cities.
- It is a solid insulator and reduces up to 80% of noise.
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Post-tensioned concrete structures
To increase the load capacity of the concrete, we use a pre-stressing method for the steel cables: we subject them to the opposite force produced by the workloads, and once they have reached the percentage of resistance specified by the calculation engineer after setting, the cables are placed inside a duct to avoid fusion. This technique can be used both in precast elements and in those cast onsite. Benefits of post-tensioned concrete include:
- Being assembled in the shop, there is a finer precision in the dimensions and in the placement of reinforcements; therefore, there is better control over cracks, deflections, and bending. Thus, we increase rigidity and effectiveness in each section.
- With less deflections than in conventional concrete, post-tensioned concrete works better in areas with high levels of corrosion, such as coastal locations.
- By mass-producing each part, costs are reduced and allow us to carry out two tasks simultaneously: the manufacturing of the structures in the workshop and any other process on the construction site.
- It requires less raw material, since the final pieces are up to 30% thinner than conventional concrete. The total mass of the job is reduced by 20-30%, which means less excavation and foundation.
- By having thinner slabs, there are materials left over by the end of the project.
- Due to the configuration of the strands of wire, the dead load is better transmitted directly to the columns, thus reducing the total load.
- This system of structure allows for larger, longer spans, fewer columns, and more open spaces, which allows for better lighting and energy efficiency.
- Strands of wire: straight or curved provide greater flexibility in assembly.
- Fewer sections in the slabs and beams means continuity in the support and minor maintenance of the joints between parts.
Metal structures currently play a significant role in construction: they are often used in the industrial sector. The benefits of using metal as opposed to concrete include:
- It requires less volume to resist the same weight; these structures can be up to six times lighter than those made of concrete.
- It is frequently used in remodeling projects to strengthen existing structures while maintaining the original building.
- It can take on loads immediately upon being delivered to the site; metal does not need to be fortified nor does it suffer from shrinkage or creep.
- Metal makes better use of space; architecturally, it helps to have large dimensions in columns and beams.
- To seismic activity.
- There are new corrosion protection systems that guarantee minimal maintenance.
- Metal being a very malleable material, any issue can be detected well before appearing.
- It can be rolled into a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so it is easily adapted to the needs of each project, varying its mechanical properties.
- Reticulated metal structures can cover large spans and obtain more space between columns, which facilitates the construction of warehouses, commercial buildings, or halls that require large areas of circulation and vision.
- Because it is so light, foundation costs are cut considerably.
- It reduces the timeframe for labor and the project as a whole; as the slabs are prepared in the workshop, they arrive to the site almost completely finished and can be assembled quickly.
- At the end of the useful life of the building, a metal structure can be dismantled and then reused.