How Concrete Buildings Are Made

By Steve Smith; Updated April 24, 2017

Design

Check your local building codes before beginning concrete wall construction.

The first step in the making of a concrete building is its design. Designers take into consideration how the characteristics of concrete, including its weight, strength and stability, will affect their design. This is important because the concrete walls and floors become the structure of the building. In a skyscraper, the concrete must be able to withstand the weight of many floors.

Forms

Concrete buildings are made with metal forms, which hold the concrete in place while it cures. Typically, the forms are set into place and then braced. Rebar, grooved steel rods of various thicknesses, are placed inside the forms to reinforce the concrete. Some buildings are constructed of poured concrete pillars and floors, with other materials used to construct the walls.

Pouring

Concrete is poured into the forms by large trucks. Some have booms that pump the concrete up from the truck container and deposit it into the forms. The foundation and the floor of the concrete building are poured first. Utility pipes are pre-installed before the concrete is poured. Once the floor and foundation have cured, the walls and pillars can be poured. Rebar from the floor is tied to the rebar set in the wall forms. Concrete buildings can be constructed level by level in this fashion.

About the Author

Steve Smith has published articles on a wide range of topics including cars, travel, lifestyle, business, golf, weddings and careers. His articles, features and news stories have appeared in newspapers, consumer magazines and on various websites. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from University of New Hampshire Durham.