Tindall Corp. has opened a dedicated production line at its Virginia manufacturing plant for the patented precast concrete floor slab system, Tindall Superior Lightweight All-Purpose Beam (T-SLAB). T-SLAB offers superior performance and constructability over both cast-in-place and hollow-core in a single, completely precast concrete solution. Tindall will now offer the only floor slab system of its kind in the country to the Virginia, D.C., and other Mid-Atlantic market areas, further enhancing their capabilities to provide total precast concrete construction.
“Tindall can develop nearly every precast product imaginable, but T-SLAB is the missing piece in achieving our cost-competitive, total precast system,” says Greg Force, president and CEO of Tindall. “The system’s benefits ultimately reduce construction time and costs, crucial factors to consider when it comes to choosing a construction partner.”
Tindall is licensed to provide the T-SLAB flooring system in 10 states: Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle. Starting in June 2020, Tindall’s South Carolina Division has supplied T-SLAB products to multiple Tindall location territories, including their own. Tindall’s Mississippi Division is scheduled to have slab production on-line before the end of the year, making T-SLAB readily available for projects across the majority of Tindall’s operational footprint.
T-SLAB capitalizes on arch design principles by using super lightweight concrete to serve as blocks over which structural concrete is poured, leveraging the arch effect for load distribution, while capitalizing on longitudinal prestressing for total span capability. Multiple slab thicknesses enable T-SLAB to achieve optimal spans in the range of 30 to 45 feet, supporting typical commercial and residential floor loads.
The slabs provide superior fire resistance and sound insulation, while offering greater design flexibility and construction enhancement than other competing systems. The T-SLAB production process enables the inclusion of conduits, solid zones as may be structurally or functionally required, and holes for ducts and drains. When combined, these capabilities make T-SLAB a cost-effective and schedule-friendly system, ideal for mixed-use, dorm, multi-family residential, office or hotel construction and many other potential applications.
The T-SLAB system provides a streamlined process for general contractors, project owners and developers, architects and engineers looking for a single source supplier to provide a total precast building solution. This type of construction benefits customers through accelerated schedules with fewer trades on site, resulting in less congestion and easier coordination. At roughly three times the width of typical hollow-core slabs and with greater span capability, installation times are reduced which further enhances the benefit of prefabrication.