Ceco Concrete Construction is dedicated to collaboration as a means to concrete innovation—both figuratively and literally. We strive to identify better ways to build high-performance living structures, and we actively engage our industry partners to take a holistic approach in doing so. In markets such as Salt Lake, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle, we have formed teams of industry experts to analyze and identify high-performance outcomes, and the results of our case studies are promising to say the least.
Our collaborative research has led to several exciting results including the potential for integrating structural and mechanical systems to create higher-performing healthcare and office structures. In Phoenix, we engaged a structural engineer, general contractor and mechanical engineer to analyze the nonproprietary mild-reinforced wide module structural system for application on acute care facilities. Compared to a steel frame, our team found that the wide module is far more flexible for future renovations, provides better infection control, can be built much faster and is far less costly initially and operationally. We took these results to the owner, who is now enjoying a high-performance structure that will better serve his patients and organization for years to come.
In California, we are collaborating with a nationwide mechanical engineering firm and one of three structural engineers certified as plan-checks for the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) to vet the wide module concrete structural system for OSHPD compliance and application in California. Several case studies on acute-care bed towers and medical office buildings suggest that concrete structural systems are OSHPD-compliant, and that a nonproprietary mild-reinforced wide module concrete frame will increase flexibility, significantly decrease initial and operational costs and provide a better life cycle outcome for owners when compared with a steel frame. The wide module provides numerous opportunities for aggressive energy-saving designs and integrated mechanical systems that steel does not, and it delivers additional flexibility when compared with other concrete systems.
Please refer to the results of our collaborative efforts for more information.