When I started PT I had one rule, I wasn’t going to run articles that told you how much lime to put in concrete to ensure that it dries properly. I just didn’t think that details such as that needed to be in a parking magazine. You hire consultants and engineers and contractors to give you advice on such.
That having been said, I just reviewed the articles in PT March’s construction and maintenance issue and sure enough, it’s not about concrete, but there is an article about devices which are used to ensure that Precast T’s don’t fall when the temperature rises, and another on metal screening used on the outside of garages. One actually gives a formula for computing savings when you have a CO detector in your garage. What have I done?
In some defense, owners and managers need to know enough to be dangerous. They need to be able to ask questions that require their consultants and contractors to sit up and take notice. They need to understand that you do need to be involved in the construction and maintenance of your garage. These little tidbits will help give our readers a leg up on their support groups. But lets not get carried away. An article in PT doesn’t replace years of experience gained through designing, engineering and building our parking buildings. It will, I hope, make some of the decisions made a tad more clear and easy.