Building a new office block
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Building a new office block

We have a big site at work but after the company expanded we were running very short on office space. Most of our accounts team was in a demountable office and they were really hot in summer and cold in winter. It was so much better for the whole team once we got the new office block built on site. This blog talks about the process of building a new office block, including the design and construction of a block for your team. I hope it will be useful for anyone looking to build a new office block on their site.

Building a new office block

Considerations for Repair and Restoration of Cracking Concrete Boat Ramps

Troy Medina

When you have storm damage on waterfront property, one of the areas that can take a lot of damage is your boat ramp. This is especially true if you have a concrete ramp that may have been underwater longer than normal. Keep in mind that, during storms, the water can be filled with contaminants and objects that can cause increased damage to the ramp. Before calling for a concrete repair contractor, here are a few things you should prepare for during the concrete boat ramp inspection.

Repair or Restoration

One of the first things to consider is if you are prepared for repairs only, or if you are willing to consider total restoration. Keep in mind, the damage may be extensive. Some cracks in the boat ramps may be deeper than you can initially see. This means that spaces of the concrete boat ramps will need to be removed and replaced. If too many of those areas need replacing, the option to restore or rebuild the ramp may be more budget-friendly than the repairs. 

Foundation Damage

Your issues may not be with the cracks in the concrete ramp, but with cracks that develop underneath the ramp in the foundation area. These cracks can cause water to enter the foundation and cause further breakdown of the ramp. For example, water can get into the foundation and cause severe erosion. If the water rises and falls with the tides within the foundation, it can cause further erosion and reduced durability as well. This can lead to full boat ramp washout or other related issues.

Upgrades During Restoration

A concrete contractor will start with an inspection of your boat ramps. During the inspection they may look at possible upgrades for you to consider. By knowing some of the upgrades you would like before the inspection, you can work with your contractor on the upgrades that would best suit your needs. For example, you may want to add a higher foundation, built-in rollers to help with launching, and covers to help reduce rain damage.

When you are ready to start repairs of your concrete boat ramp, contact your local marine contractor. They can perform an inspection of the ramp and detail a plan for making any repairs or renovations of the ramp in order to stop cracking and repair the cracked or damaged areas. They can also discuss pricing and other options that can help you upgrade your boat ramp. These upgrades can help with the integrity and durability of the ramp for future storms.