Innovation is part of Kerkstra Precast’s core values. We strive to provide economic solutions to the construction market through innovative ideas and new products.
Kerkstra Precast is adding a 15’ wide double tee to our product line. Several advantages come with this product for the contractor and owner. Since this double tee is wider than a typical double tee the piece count is generally reduced by 20%. This reduction gives fewer joints that require sealant, less connections and less pieces for the erector to install.
The typical column spacing would increase to 45’ in lieu of 36’, which means fewer columns and in turn would give fewer footings to excavate and cast onsite. This double tee will be the same depth as a typical 12’ double tee but with a wider stem spacing, allowing more natural light to enter the parking structure giving an enhanced feeling of openness. For these reasons a shorter construction schedule is possible and reduced costs can be realized.
Kerkstra Precast will utilize new automated equipment in the production of these double tees. This equipment will be used for laying out the length and width of the piece as well as the embedments. Additionally, the equipment will be used for the finishing operations. Together this will help ensure that your product is cast accurately with a quality finish that is more consistent from piece to piece.
Shipping and handling of this double tee will be done using slanted frames so that over width loads are not a concern. The shipping costs will be essentially unaffected.
Many benefits are gained by utilizing a 15’ double tee for parking deck projects, but this product is not limited to only parking. Roofs where long open spans are required, would also give many of the same benefits.