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Southwest FL construction

  • 1.  Southwest FL construction

    Posted 11-10-2015 12:25

    A quesiton for our Florida based Architects

    When we have done projects in south Florida for our  Not for Profit large scale senior living communities we have always used plank and block for our multi story construction.  I now have a project in southwest FL where the budget will not allow this and the contractor is encourageing wood frame construction.  I have reservations  based on mold and longevity, these are projects that are not sold off after a time.

    Are you seeing wood frame construction and are you comfortable with it in SW Florida.

    Any insights will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!

    Stephen Alexander AIA
    AG Architecture
    Wauwatosa WI
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  • 2.  RE: Southwest FL construction

    Posted 11-11-2015 18:29

    When in doubt always go with your gut feeling. Both types of construction are used there but stick built is not recommended for the reasons you mention - moisture breeds mold, and many won't buy if it's wood framed. Here is a good Realestate Article on some of the benefits of using Concrete over Wood in south Florida:

    Don Reszel
    Senior Associate
    Cooper Carry

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  • 3.  RE: Southwest FL construction

    Posted 11-12-2015 19:12
    It pays to engage a local architect on your design team to provide guidance on permitting and constructibility. Florida is an especially unique climate requiring specialized construction technique. I believe you are asking for trouble without a trusted local team member.

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  • 4.  RE: Southwest FL construction

    Posted 11-12-2015 19:41
    Concrete: no mold, last for ever, plus resisting natural disasters, (hurricanes in Florida), fire, earthquakes, and no termites. please control and click here and look how easy and convenient is to use concrete pour in place. The bonus of using the T-beams is the walls and roof will have a minimum R 56, which can be greater as necessary in very cold, or very hot climates.
    Any questions?, I have answers.

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  • 5.  RE: Southwest FL construction

    Posted 11-12-2015 15:02

    We do residential projects all over the State of Florida, and like you prefer all-masonry construction.

    However, we have on several occasions used block and frame or all-frame construction depending on height and budget for the building.

    Is the project in a high velocity hurricane zone?  If so the additional cost for connections and hardening the exterior walls may offset the savings offered for wood construction vs concrete block and stucco.

    If 2 or 3 stories you might find that masonry on the ground floor with wood frame above makes the most overall sense when considering the structure's resistance to hurricane winds and fire separation between floors and units.  

    Proper use of wood frame with proper flashings and sealants at all corners and joints provides a good barrier to water intrusion.    Proper insulation and a good vapor barrier combined with a good a/c system will mitigate any moisture/mold concerns.  Don't forget termite treatment and protection for the soil below and adjacent to the buildings.

    Most important, the quality of construction.   If you are working with a reputable GC, you should be fine.

    Lawerence Cohan AIA
    BC Architects, Inc.
    Coral Gables FL

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  • 6.  RE: Southwest FL construction

    Posted 11-12-2015 19:41
    Maybe you will be interested in concrete pour in place, I built 7,500 houses in Mexico City in 15 months, around 40 years ago, presently there are standing with no damage, instead in Mexico City earthquakes are frequent.    In here thanks to that experience I developed a similar but improved method, which are resisting natural disasters, no mold, no termites, and less cost than traditional.
    If you are interested, I can send you a couple of videos about, you only need to ask.
    My email address:  I did a 3 stories hotel in Cancun, using masonry concrete.

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  • 7.  RE: Southwest FL construction

    Posted 11-12-2015 19:41
    I don't know if you received an email from me, because was interrupted to sign in Live mail.
    Any way I have a method to build fast and less cost than traditional, no mold and last for ever, I use concrete pour in place.   More info, place ask me:

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