Lift Slabs

Lift slabs are precast-concrete floor and roof panels that are cast on a base slab at ground level, one on top of the other, with a bond-breaking membrane between them. Steel collars are embedded in the slabs and fit loosely around the columns.
After the slabs have cured, they are lifted to their final position by a patented jack system supported on the columns. The embedded steel collars then are welded to the steel columns to hold the lift slabs in place. This method of construction eliminates practically all formwork.
Prestressed concrete is concrete in which internal stresses have been introduced during fabrication to counteract the stresses produced by service loads. The prestress compresses the tensile area of the concrete to eliminate or reduce the tensile stresses caused by the loads.

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