The slew of measures needs to be taken to overhaul America’s infrastructure, that include massive investments in public works in order to upgrade the existing infrastructure, comprising of airports, bridges, ports, roads, tunnels and waterways. The key material which will be used – concrete, and the key players- contractors of NYC and the surrounding areas will have important roles to play.
So why is concrete so popular?
The biggest reasons are its durability and strength. Concrete contractors create highly resilient structures ranging from residences, office spaces to transportation networks that include roads, railway stations, and tunnels.
The key component of concrete happens to be cement and the obvious question that you might be asking here is where does it come from?
Cement is produced by grinding sand and mixing it with other natural materials such as clay and sand. It is then cooled in industrial kilns to give it the shape of pebble-sized stones called clinker.
After the clinker has cooled, it is ground with gypsum, limestone and other materials to get what is known as Portland cement, which is also the most popular form of cement.
When this cement is mixed with water, it forms a paste which is used for binding rock and sand together to get what is better known as concrete.
The economic impact of concrete is also high as there are nearly 535,000 workers in the States alone, with approximately $25 billion in annual payroll. These figures are most likely to increase in the coming days.
However, adequate steps has to be taken to provide incentives for emission reduction, including support for providing cleaner technologies.
Only when such measures are taken can America dream of having the most durable and efficient infrastructure built by concrete contractors, which will provide the best return-on-investment on taxpayers’ money.
In the end, I would like to say that the biggest aspect common among all the grand structures which are made today, including the skyscrapers of NYC, is that they inspire awe, and above all, are made using cement.