This article examines many of the fundamental issues required for the specification and installation of site-cast concrete as it comprises approximately 70% of all U.S. concrete production and is directly influenced by specifier and inspection professionals. This is a companion piece to the Hanley Wood CEU article “Fundamentals of Concrete - Part 1” (Architect Magazine, June 2017), which covers concrete’s ingredients and their influences on quality concrete.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the differences between prescriptive and performance specifications for ready mixed concrete
  • Learn how specifications influence field performance of fresh and hardened concrete
  • Recognize some of the fundamental aspects of placement and finishing on the long term performance of site cast concrete
  • Understand the importance of curing on quality during normal and adverse weather conditions