Bartlett IL Concrete Construction | The World’s Most Amazing Concrete Structures

Since its creation thousands of years ago, concrete has been used throughout the world and by hundreds of different civilizations. As time progressed, the strength and intricacy of concrete structures became an awe-inspiring part of history. 

Here are just a few of the more modernized examples of concrete construction around the world. 

Building: Burj Khalifa

Standing at a height of 2,722 feet, the 163-story Burj Khalifa became the tallest building in the world when it was completed in 2009. The foundation was built from the combined weight of more than 110,000 tons of concrete and steel, with 192 piles buried more than 164 feet deep. Burj Khalifa’s construction used a total of 431,600 cubic yards of concrete and 39,000 tons of steel rebar. The construction timeline took a staggering 22 million man-hours to complete. With statistics like that, it’s no surprise why the Burji Khalifa easily became the largest skyscraper in the world.

Structure: Three Gorges Dam

The Chinese province of Hubei houses the world’s largest concrete dam. Completed in 2012, the Three Gorges Dam contains over 3,700 cubic yards of concrete, making it one of the heaviest concrete structures in the world. With construction starting in 1994, the dam was designed for power and flood control. It’s responsible for an annual power-generation capacity of 84.7 TWh, which reduces coal consumption by 31 million tons per year and helps to prevent 100 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

Bridge: Beipan River Bridge

This bridge on the Guanxing Highway near Xingbei Town was built with a concrete cable-stayed connection and carries four lanes of traffic. Sitting at a height of 1,200 feet and spanning a length of over 1,200 feet long, it is the world’s highest bridge. This world record-holding concrete 

structure reduces travel times between popular Chinese cities from four hours to a little over an hour. 

Concrete can be used in amazing ways for a myriad of projects, ranging from small DIY construction to significant structures that will last thousands of years into the future. For a quote on your next construction project, contact G-CAT Construction today. 

 

G-CAT Construction
Phone: (630) 736-1070
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Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

Bartlett IL Concrete Construction | Improve Any Yard With These Simple Garden Paths & Walkways

Ask anyone who’s invested time and money into renovating their yard, and they will tell you how much of a slippery slope even the “simplest” of renovations can be. Whether it’s time, labor, finances, or a combination of the three, transforming your yard can be an endeavor. Luckily, there are simplified ways to transform your outside space that don’t sacrifice quality.

Before you get started on your next DIY project, keep these simplified garden walkway tips in mind. 

Stepping Stones

One of the quickest options for a DIY walkway is to use stepping stones. Laying large pieces of stone or concrete in a pattern of your choosing can easily be completed in an afternoon without the need for significant future maintenance. Before you get started, make sure to measure the distance of the path to figure out how many stones will be necessary. Stepping stones can also be placed directly onto your grass or sod. 

Walkways 

Building a walkway is a project that offers many creative options throughout the building process. Start by determining what you’d like your border to be made of: concrete, brick, stone, and metal are common materials but many other options exist for your choosing. Let your creativity flow while you create your path’s design with the material of your choosing.

Combine Different Options

The creative options that make up building a garden path are limitless. A great example would be to use a combination of concrete stepping stones with a rock border and mulch or gravel to fill in the areas between the steps. Natural grass can be used as a filler for a more natural-looking “planted path.” There’s no right or wrong combination; just do what works for you!

A simple yard renovation such as a garden path should remain just that: simple. Combined with a creative mind, it can complement any backyard or garden in as little as a few hours. Think outside of the box to make the landscaping project your own. If you have any questions, we’ll be happy to help. Contact G-CAT Construction today.

 

G-CAT Construction
Phone: (630) 736-1070
cash, credit card
2500 W Higgins Road, Suite 365
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169