Tilt-Up vs. Steel Framed Construction

Association of Construction and Development
May 25, 2012 — 2,444 views  

Construction engineers and architects are trained in a number of different building methods, but two options that have recently become popular are tilt-up construction and steel frame construction. Both methods are structurally sound and can result in the quick and efficient completion of a project, but the unique construction materials for each can only be applied in specific instances.

Tilt--up construction predominantly uses concrete and wood as building materials, but occasionally employs steel grids for structural reinforcement. Steel frame construction almost exclusively uses metal as the main component, but the method may also involve the use of concrete in specific situations. Basically, the most effective method is neither one or the other, but rather a combination of both.

For example, concrete is frequently used in fireproofing because it will not actually burn. However, its tensile strength is lost at very high temperatures. Steel can provide the support necessary to allow tilt-up construction to withstand a major blaze. Additionally, steel is commonly used as a roofing material due to its lighter weight and greater malleability. A steel frame atop concrete tilt-up walls makes for a sound architectural design.

If you are considering either of these types of construction, evaluate your budget and design plan to see if a combination of the two is a viable option.

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