Report tracks architectural trends driving construction materials selection

Silicon Valley management consultant and industry analyst Frost & Sullivan offers predictions for the global construction market in “Key Architectural Trends Determining Construction Materials Usage, Outlook 2021.” Authors see the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, renewed focus on environment-friendly and circular solutions, along with geopolitical issues affecting business the next 10-15 years.

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Silicon Valley builder patents optimized reinforced concrete structural scheme

Sources: Swenson Group, San Jose, Calif.; CP staff

Northern California contractor and developer Swenson Group has secured a patent for a reinforced concrete design suited to mid- to high-rise buildings, with strategically located outer columns and perimeter shear walls; optimal interior column placement; deflection-resisting, cantilevered floor slabs of 6- to 8-in. thickness; and, up to four-hour fire-rated assemblies. Equal to California Seismic Safety Codes for Hospitals and Emergency buildings, the Landmaker has been used in six Swenson projects around Silicon Valley, most recently San Jose’s Century Center Towers and Centerra Apartments.

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