Cemex recently worked on the Los Volcanes project in San Pablo de Heredia, Costa Rica, which comprised two towers each rising over six floors with 42 apartments. In an effort to apply value-added engineering to lower costs and to achieve more efficient use of available resources, the project was conceived with “monolithic” structural walls, using one solid piece.
To fulfill this vision, Cemex employed our cast-in-place housing solution, a construction system that enables fast, efficient, and large-scale construction by combining innovative products and processes. This solution uses formwork moulds for the construction of walls and slabs, achieving efficient project completion to quickly advance to the sales phase.
"We knew the effectiveness of building in this way. Our concern was finding a contractor with the expertise and proven experience with the formwork mold system," said architect Paul H. Pereira Magnere, General Manager of Desarrolladora Los Volcanes DLV, S.A. Cemex, he said, "Was the only company that had everything we were looking for in terms of trajectory, support, and the desire to make our project a reality."
"It was important that the design was really validated by Cemex, so that it met the system requirements and was within the planned costs," said engineer Victor Salazar Ramirez, Cemex Housing Manager in Costa Rica.
The construction of the towers lasted only 10 months and was finished in late 2015. Now the homes are on the market in Costa Rica.
"Cemex offered the complete package," said Pereira Magnere. “They allowed us to delegate much of the logistics of this large project and to devote ourselves to other tasks. I always received very professional attention from all of the staff members who worked with me, and who at all times sought to add value to my project."
The benefits of the Cemex cast-in-place solution include resistance to natural disasters.
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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