PREFABRICATED CONCRETE ELEMENTS
Prefabricated concrete is an innovative form of construction that is becoming more recognized in the country. Prefabricated concrete provides various advantages as it is closely monitored under controlled conditions. The elements are cast and cured away from and/or prior to job which are then transported to the construction site and lifted/installed into place. Prefabricated concrete increases concrete quality, reduced project costs and time.
Prestressing technology compliments the prefabricated concrete construction. In prestressed concrete, low relaxation strands are used to allow the efficient use of prestressing forces. Tensile forces are introduced into members so as to counteract effective forces/loads when in actual use (service loads). Common prefabricated/prestressed elements used in construction in Belize constitute foundation piles and recently, single and double tee beams.