College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Phil Barlow, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


In the working elements of the construction industry, the strive for materials that aim for strength, durability, and sustainability are never-ending. For traditional steel reinforcement this material faces inevitable challenges over time such as corrosion, weight of material, and environmental concerns. However with the emergence of fiberglass rebar, the negative impacts we see from traditional steel rebar may be resolved within the industry of construction. This paper aims to explore and propose a different alternative to reinforcement in concrete structures with the use and integration of fiberglass. The effectiveness which fiberglass as a reinforcement material offers will be investigated throughout the entirety of the paper. Focusing on fiberglass rebar's structural integrity, longevity in concrete structures, and load bearing strength, this study will provide an extensive analysis of the benefits fiberglass reinforcement has to offer. Several different interviews were conducted and recorded over Zoom with structural engineers in the field of fiberglass to further prove that fiberglass rebar offers beneficial qualities that traditional rebar can not offer. The knowledge that was taken from the engineers in the field of fiberglass reinforcement provides a unique perspective on the subject. This paper will further dive into the properties of fiberglass, the different applications, and the reshaping potential it has for infrastructure development particularly in large scale concrete structures.