The shell construction process is the first step in building a new structure. It involves a number of important steps, starting with surveys and the development of a geotechnical report.
Geotechnical reports are a crucial part of the construction process. They provide detailed information about the geology of the site and the soil conditions, which is used to determine the best approach to building on the site and to identify any potential challenges or obstacles that may need to be addressed. This information is essential for ensuring that the structure is built on a stable foundation and is able to withstand the forces of nature and the weight of the building.
Once the geotechnical report is complete, the next step is site preparation. This may involve grading the land, installing pilings and grade beams, and other activities to create a stable foundation for the structure.
Once the site is prepared, the next step is to prepare the earth for the construction of the shell. This involves compacting the soil to create a solid base for the footings and other foundation elements.
The next step is the installation of the footings and column pads. These are the foundation elements that support the weight of the structure and are typically made of concrete. The columns are loaded up with steel to provide additional strength and support.
Once the footings and column pads are in place, the next step is to pour the concrete for the shell. This typically involves using large concrete trucks to deliver the concrete to the site and using a crane to place it in the forms that have been created to shape the shell. The beams also receive a significant amount of steel reinforcement to provide additional strength and support.
After the concrete has been poured, the next step is the installation of CMU (concrete masonry unit) walls. These are typically made of concrete blocks and are used to create the exterior walls of the structure. We also install steel into every 4th or 5th block cell to provide additional strength and support to the CMU walls.
Once the CMU walls are in place, the next step is to install the lintels. These are horizontal beams that support the weight of the upper floors and are typically made of steel or concrete.
After the lintels are installed, the next step is to pour the concrete beams for the second floor. These are typically made of reinforced concrete and are used to create the floor of the second story.
Once the second floor is in place, the building process continues by building up the CMU walls to create the upper stories of the structure.
The last step in the shell construction process is the installation of the roof trusses or concrete roof deck. In most cases, we prefer to use concrete for the roof as it is a durable and long-lasting material.
During the shell construction process, there are various tests and surveys that are required to ensure that the structure is being built according to the plans and specifications. As your shell contractor, we take care of everything and ensure that all of the necessary tests and surveys are completed to the highest standards.
Overall, the shell construction process is a complex and important step in the building process. It requires careful planning and execution to ensure that the structure is built on a solid foundation and is able to support the weight of the upper floors and roof. As your shell contractor, we have the expertise and experience to handle every aspect of the process, from the initial surveys and geotechnical report to the final installation of the roof. Contact us today on our website or by phone at 954-873-9007.