Celebrated for its strength, efficiency, durability, and cost effectiveness, traditional concrete is also criticized as a massive CO2 emitter. This dichotomy has pushed the world’s most-used building material into the center of innovation and experimentation, spurring the development of more environmentally friendly options. Multiple visions for the future of concrete are taking shape in new construction projects across the nation, with architecture, engineering, and construction leading the way to greener builds.
We sat down with McLaren’s resident concrete building expert and Senior Structural Engineer, Paul Zheng, PE for his perspective on the industry’s current trends and outlook.
Focused on providing structural design and engineering solutions for new construction projects nationwide, Paul specializes in concrete structures spanning high-rise mixed-use developments in NYC to low-rise complexes, like The New Cultural Center, in Maryland.
In regard to concrete new construction projects, my experience ranges from post tensioned concrete residential high-rises in New York City to warehouses constructed with voided concrete slabs and everything in between. Most recently, I have helped our Maryland team with the new construction of The New Cultural Center in downtown Columbia.
Outside of new builds, I also provided structural engineering support for concrete elements, like foundation wall and concrete footings, on all types of projects. Structural engineering for additions, expansions, retrofits, historic preservation, and even structural condition assessments are all in my portfolio.
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