Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff
NRMCA’s Build with Strength coalition has launched a council to serve as investment and development advisers to architects, builders, engineers, policy makers and emergency services professionals who, through group participation, work to raise awareness about the benefits of concrete construction, especially for low- to mid-rise structures.
“The goals and tenets of Build with Strength are perfectly aligned with the type of development I have been associated with my entire career,” says inaugural Investors and Developers Advisory Council co-chair Jack Arnold, chief executive officer of Arnold Development Group, Kansas City, Mo. “I look forward to working with our partners to advocate for safer, more durable, cost-efficient construction in markets across the United States.”
“The marketplace is littered with misconceptions about concrete and what it means for an investors’ bottom line,” adds Council co-chair Jack Holland, a Kansas City investment banker. “I am happy to take on this role to help clear up these misconceptions in the investment community by highlighting the value that concrete projects bring to long-term investors.”
He and Arnold are working to develop the world’s most energy-efficient building, a 276-unit multifamily development in downtown Kansas City. By combining Passive House with Lean Construction, and using sandwich panel-style, cast-in-place concrete walls, they calculate lower first and total life cycle costs than utilizing less safe wood frame construction.