Shotcrete in New Construction
Shotcrete is the preferred material in the construction of many new structures from foundations up to domes and everything in between.
After years of investigation and trial, specialty contractors have selected shotcrete because of reduced costs due to minimized forming and the ability to construct straight, curved, and irregularly shaped surfaces while providing a durable concrete structure.
Shotcrete has become the material of choice for an increasing number of architectural applications.
From intricately formed building structures to landscapes and zooscapes — shotcrete meets the construction needs of architects, designers, and contractors alike. And shotcrete construction can often be completed faster and more economically than other conventional construction techniques.
Nearly 4000 shotcrete tanks have been built since the process was pioneered in the early 1930s.
Watertight, durable, and economical tanks, which range in size from 50,000 to 20-million gallons, can be used to store a variety of liquids, including waste water, industrial wastes, and chilled water. Further, since their initial creation in the 1950s, thousands of shotcrete domes have been built as well, ranging from small shelters to huge vessels spanning over 200 ft. Sturdy, attractive, and cost-effective, these structures are built for a variety of uses, including homes, grain-salt storage, churches, and auditoriums.
Swimming pools were first built using shotcrete in the 1930s.
Shotcrete is especially suited for pools with many curves, as it is shot against excavated soil, eliminating the cost of forms. The flexibility of placement that shotcrete affords allows every pool owner to have a uniquely shaped pool. Shotcrete pools are watertight, durable, attractive and economical.