College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
The demand for ready mix concrete in the San Francisco Bay Area continues to grow with the booming development and construction industry. Concrete is a very common construction material with a wide range of use on projects ranging from parking garages all the way to high-rise buildings. The typical method of ready mix concrete delivery is to order concrete from a ready mix supplier who trucks the concrete to the project from a nearby batch plant. Concrete is a perishable commodity that demands timely batching and delivery to meet customer requested specifications. The small number of batch plants and congested delivery routes in the Bay Area often results in slow delivery service that negatively affects contractor budget and schedule. This paper will explore how Pacific Structures utilized an on-site concrete batch plant for a large Bay Area project that demands around the clock concrete to meet the owner’s schedule requirements. The study will touch on the current delivery capabilities of off-site batch plants and focus on why the decision to utilize an on-site batch plant was made. The purpose of the study is to discover the ways in which the on-site plant affected project coordination, deliveries, site-logistics, cost, and risk.