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Old 09-16-2018, 09:57 PM   #1
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Do some building materials have better reputations

I am trying to do research on something and not sure what I'm looking for or how to figure out what I want to know.

So I'm writing this post, anyway!

It has to do with what is used to build mid-to-high rise residential housing.

In the Seaport right now, the Echelon Seaport is going up. It's steel, steel, and more steel. It looks very sturdy and to me, that makes me think the developers are investing the money to get it right. I assume(?) that steel is stronger, lasts longer, helps reducing sounds. And, I assume(?) it costs the most of any other type of building material.

Across the street, the Pier 4 condos are under construction. Shorter building (8? storeys vs. 20 storeys for the Echelon). It appears they are using that weird type of construction that I don't know what it's called but you put up hundreds of posts and then lay the next floor down on top of it, and so on and so on. To me, it looks flimsy. Which I assume means the owners are being cheap and hoping that buyers don't know the difference, or maybe the developer's prices are lower.

Then, of course, there's the wood-frame buildings, like I live in. Six storey, a match away from a tragedy, but cheap and good enough to last 50 years or so, until it falls down and they build something else on its site or sea levels rise and no one's safe. I believe this is cheapest to build, b/c it's wood not steel, and goes pretty fast, but you can't go above 7 or 8 storeys (at least not currently ..).

Finally, it seems projects like 1 Dalton are .. concrete? How weird is that.

If anyone has some info on this, or can point me toward a "building materials for dummies" book or something, or maybe you wrote your doctoral thesis on just this topic.

HMU.

Thanks.
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Re: Do some building materials have better reputations

Pier 4 is cast in place concrete (like Millennium and One Dalton). Itís not cheep at all, and in my experience, has a significant sound dampening quality compared to steel construction.
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Re: Do some building materials have better reputations

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Pier 4 is cast in place concrete (like Millennium and One Dalton). Itís not cheep at all, and in my experience, has a significant sound dampening quality compared to steel construction.
Yeah, this topic has come up a couple of times, and this has been determined to be the best option.

Also I'm not sure how the price compares currently due to the implementation of steel tariffs.
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