The ABC’s of Accelerated Building Construction
Prefabricated/modular construction practices have many positive qualities including; cost-effectiveness, durability, speed and efficiency in delivery, a significant reduction in construction site hazards, on-site waste reduction, and improvements on site safety. In the last several years new automation and technologies at the plant level, and new advancements in project management have enabled Accelerated Building Construction (ABC) to greatly surpass the 30% time saving has traditionally had in comparison to traditional methods of construction – with time savings up to 50% in some cases. Precast Concrete Construction can take several design approaches within ABC Construction – including precast concrete columns and beams with panelized cladding, or load bearing precast concrete walls including double wythe insulated wall panels with pre-installed windows, and can include double tee or hollowcore concrete flooring.
The ‘construction’ part of the ABC process utilizes prefabricated sections which are manufactured off-site at a CPCQA certified facility, transported to the project where a crane sets these major components quickly, accurately and directly into place. ABC can provide a streamlined approach where the advantages of off-site manufacturing improves quality control and saves money for clients who need to maintain strict deadlines. The presentation will highlight the numerous projects in Ontario where ABC has been used to shorten the project timetable which is crucial when bringing a new building into a competitive marketplace or in meeting tight deadlines to ensure that the building is ready for occupancy as soon as possible.