SiteCast Construction completed two traditional "villas" in Abu Dhabi in the spring of 2013. These 5,500-square-foot single-story homes feature traditional UAE architecture, but were constructed using load bearing tilt-up SiteCast concrete panels. The local architecture was reproduced with forming techniques, paying careful attention to panel joint locations and interior wall treatments.
An advantage of using tilt-up panels was that the local labor force could be quickly taught the construction techniques on site. Design concepts and skill sets shared with the community included the use of lasers, vibra-screeds, and power trowels; techniques associated with concrete placing, finishing, and forming; layout process; erecting standards; safety values; and engineering concepts.
After completion, the government reviewed the model homes and has requested further homes for its citizens as part of a Government Housing Initiative. Construction of each villa took seven and six weeks respectively, including the landscaping. Traditional homes of this size, type, and style would take a year-plus to construct using the standard masonry technique.
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