Innovative Building Materials for New Commercial Construction

Innovative Building Materials for New Commercial Construction

Construction is an industry that’s continuously changing and shifting after existing for thousands of years. From the way we build to the materials we use, innovations can always be added to make things better and stronger.

These are some of the most innovative and exciting materials for new commercial construction: consider adding them to some of your future projects.

Mass Timber

Mass timber is the newest category of wood product that aims to revolutionize how we view building materials. From its awesome strength and stability to its low-carbon rating compared to concrete and steel, it allows the structure of a commercial building to be sturdier and able to take on more than you’d expect. Although the price for mass timber is still high since it’s so new to the game, it’s expected to go down in price as it becomes more common: which is awesome for everyone.

pre-engineered steel buildings

Steel is one of the darlings of commercial construction: so pre-engineered steel buildings allow a seamless project to be built faster and closer to the original specs than ever before. Pre-engineered steel buildings are an awesome solution for companies and customers alike and offer something that you wouldn’t be able to find otherwise. With easy transport, easy setup, fewer costs, and better results, this is a must for any project that could use it.

Insulated roof panels

Insulation is vital for so many parts of a building. In the roof, it helps regulate the temperature of the building, stopping heat or cold from blowing up the electricity bills. This is especially important in a commercial building since insulated roof panels can have a hand in changing the entire company’s budget to put money back into the hands of both the clients and the owners of the company.

Precast Concrete

If you want to save money on a project your company is working on while also cutting down on the time you have to spend on-site, it’s time to look into precast concrete. No waiting for it to set, no trying to align the stars for perfect concrete on every pour; precast concrete ensures you know what to expect every single time. This is an awesome tool for any construction team and project.

Salvage Materials

In today’s customer climate, many companies are moving towards green and eco-friendly building practices. Because of this, salvaged or reclaimed materials are becoming incredibly popular. These recycled materials allow you to use materials like wood or metal that were taken from a building that was deconstructed instead of demolished and put to use after they’ve been tested for strength or reformed into new materials that allow their raw ingredient to continue to be used in buildings. Although this isn’t a necessity in any building, it’s an awesome perk.

Aerial Drones

Drones may surprise many who have been in the game for their whole life, but they bring a lot to the job site that can help anyone. Aerial drones can take photos to collect and measure spaces and can take fantastic status pictures to show clients how their projects are going so far. These are generally inexpensive, easy to find, and can do so much for a project that is impossible with just owning a camera phone.

Architectural Grilles

Suppose you want a building to have better heating and cooling that evenly covers rooms and large spaces: it’s time to look into architectural grilles. These awesome tools can make any space have a better airflow, can ensure a building looks clean and streamlined, and allows the passage of heated or cooled air into interior spaces in a seamless way. These create rooms that have a custom look while always staying at the exact temperature you’re aiming for.

insulated metal panels

Insulation is one of the most important parts of any project. Beyond insulated roof panels, insulated metal panels are another fantastic item to include in any commercial building material project. These panels work well for both roofs and walls and are recognized for fantastic thermal properties, their ability to work with countless designs, quick installation time, and gorgeous looks that allow any project to look perfectly designed. The mix of usefulness with attractiveness is awesome for any company to offer their customers.

self-healing materials

Self-healing materials like bio-concrete have been a piece of science fiction for over eighty years, yet within the last ten years, it’s been finally getting put into practice in the real world. Concrete can crack from settling, ground disturbances, and other issues: by having self-healing concrete and other materials like it, your property will continue to sit strong, allowing any commercial construction to last far longer and be less prone to risk.

Every project can bring something new to the table

Whether you’ve worked in construction for your whole life, or you’re considering adding things to your new business, consider some of these awesome materials. Trying changes like these can keep your business cutting edge.

Brian Jeffries is the content director for the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value. 

AGC Georgia awards RKR top honors

AGC Georgia awards RKR top honors

R. K. Redding Construction (RKR) is pleased to announce that our firm as been recognized with a top award from AGC Georgia. The award will be presented this summer at the awards ceremony in Destin, FL this June.

The following project will earn First Place Recognition from AGC Georgia:

The Birches at Villa Rica – A Tanner Senior Living Community 

This project was award-worthy in many ways. It was special in the way that it deeply benefited the local senior community. With already being so dedicated to helping our community in any way possible, RKR was honored to be awarded this project by one of our long-time clients, Tanner Health System. This year-long project, beginning in July of 2020 shortly after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, presented its fair share of challenges. However, RKR managed to keep this project a success. For more information and photos on this project, please click here.

Other AGC Georgia Awards for RKR include the following projects: Cedartown High School Fine Arts Center (2021), Lassiter High School Gymnasium (2020), Marietta High School College & Career Academy (2020), Gordon Lee High School (2019), Redbud Elementary School Gymnasium (2019), Belwood Elementary School Renovation (2019), Glynn Academy High School (2018), Lutheranch Retreat Center (2018), Polk County College and Career Academy (2018), Banneker High School Addition (2017), Alexander High School Competition Gymnasium (2016), Roopville Road Baptist Church Worship Center (2015), West Georgia Technical College Allied Healthcare Building (2014), Trinka Davis Veterans Village (2013), GT Boggs NRE Lab Renovation and UWG Campus Bookstore (2012), Paulding County High School Addition/Renovation (2011), UWG Greek Village (2010), North Paulding School Cluster (2009) and Rockmart Middle School (2008).

R. K. Redding Fully Operational While Transitioning To Normalcy

R. K. Redding Fully Operational While Transitioning To Normalcy

R.K. Redding Construction is well-known for its construction management and general contracting work and has worked in seven states over the years. With construction deemed as an essential business in Georgia, R.K. Redding Construction (RKR) has been able to continue its operation during the COVID-19 pandemic and is fully operational while transitioning to normalcy.

Of course, RKR put precautionary measures in place to ensure the safety of its employees and clients. For example, before entering the office, employees had their temperatures checked for fever and were asked about any symptoms they may have.

“Fortunately, COVID-19 has not significantly affected R.K. Redding Construction’s operations during this once-in-a-century pandemic,” said Keith Redding, President of RKR. “We never had to send our employees home, and everyone still received weekly income. None of our workers have had to be sent to a doctor. We are certainly praying for other companies in Georgia who were affected.”

When many organizations had to close their facilities or adjust operations, RKR has been busy building schools in Polk County, Paulding County and other Georgia school systems.

“We have several educational facilities on our project list. With school campuses less congested, as you can imagine, we have been able to accomplish significant construction projects during this time,” added Redding.

RKR did experience some delays with a few West Georgia area manufacturing projects where the plants were briefly shut down due to a few workers with the coronavirus, but those situations were quickly rectified.

“Fortunately, our staff did not experience any related symptoms,” said Redding. “And we made sure that our subcontractors were not ill before we sent them back to those sites.”

RKR is also proud to be building Southeastrans’ new corporate headquarters in Villa Rica in between Tanner Medical Center and the library.

“Southeastrans provides comprehensive administration and related services to Georgia’s medical and HMO clients. This will be another building within the medical area in Villa Rica,” added Redding.

RKR earned two prestigious Build Georgia Awards from the Associated General Contractors of Georgia for outstanding achievements on the Lassiter High School Replacement Gymnasium and the Marietta College & Career Academy.

In addition, 14 RKR project supervisors received the Ron Amerson Supervisors Safety Awards this year, which are given for achieving safety excellence on job sites. The awards are established on safety incidence rates for certain individual supervisors based on actual man-hours that are zero lost-time accidents.

All of these supervisors are on sites for different types of work and various jobs including cement, windows, roofs and more. Contractors are also skilled in management while overlooking and supervising vendors that are hired for specific types of trades. Safety directors are trained for rules in the classes from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The following RKR supervisors were honored for their work in 2019: Matt Bryant, Derrick Buchanan, Kevin Burnum, Cooper Cochran, Tyler Eley, John Fincher, Ed Hanson, Micah Howard, Jason McCord, Jim Millsap, Brandon Rayburn, Doug Rooks, Jason Rooks and Kevin Saxon.

“The team at RKR remains encouraged by the opportunities before us. I know these last couple of months have been difficult. However, our clients have been resilient and creative so we could continue to work, while ensuring the safety of their employees and our team. For RKR, we are back to business as usual,” said Redding about the current business environment as people transition back to normalcy.