FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What areas do you serve?

CCI works mostly in San Diego County and has worked in Orange County as well

Are you bonded and insured?

CCI is fully bonded and insured

Do you have an in-house engineer?

We do, Russ Baumgartner the founder of CCI is a civil engineer.

Do you do residential work?

Yes, we do apartment complexes and multi-residential complexes

Do you do civil work?

Yes, we do civil work

Do you do retrofit concrete work?

yes

Do you do pervious concrete work?

yes

How long have you been doing commercial concrete work?

Since 1958, so 63 years

How many people work at CCI?

Our average work force is about 50

When can you begin working on my project?

As soon as the contract is signed and we have received the go ahead from the General Contractor

Do you have a minimum project size/cost?

CCI is very flexible, our projects are from $200,000 to $6,500,000

What is concrete?

Concrete is the most amazing building material ever invented. If it weren't for concrete we wouldn't have many of the modern structures we have now such as roadways, high rise buildings and bridges. But what exactly is concrete you ask? It's actually a very simple formula of water, aggregate (rock, sand or gravel) and portland cement reinforced with rebar. The aggregate is mined on location, eliminating the need to transport huge and heavy amounts of rock, sand or gravel, while water is accessible pretty much anywhere on planet earth. That leaves the final and most indispensable ingredient, cement. Portland cement was invented in 1824 by Joseph Aspdin, an English inventor and has been revolutionizing the way we build ever since.

What is retrofitting of concrete structures?

Retrofitting of concrete refers to the techniques used to give aging concrete more strength. Depending on the cause of the deterioration as well as the shape of the concrete, metal is added to the structure in the form of bars, cages or plates and concrete is poured over it to strengthen and correct.

Why does concrete crack?

There are several reasons why concrete cracks, the most common is using too much water. As the water evaporates, tension causes the concrete to split, this can be avoided by using less water. Another common cause of cracking concrete is not enough curing time. Concrete does not dry, it cures, which is a chemical process that requires water. So just as having too much water can crack the concrete, having too little or allowing it to dry too quickly can also cause cracks. This is why it is necessary to mix the recommended amount of water and cover the concrete structure to keep it hydrated as it cures.

What is the role of admixture in concrete?

Admixture is the not-so secret ingredient to achieving high performance concrete. The curing process is a very important part in strengthening concrete and must not be rushed. Admixtures are added to concrete during mixing to improve this process and to add additional resistance to extreme temperatures. The 3 main types of admixtures are accelerators, retarders and performance enhancers.

How long does concrete last?

Typically speaking, assuming that the concrete was poured correctly and the weather is not an issue, you can expect a lifespan of 100 years or more. Environmental factors greatly affect how long concrete lasts with air, seismic activity and moisture being the greatest threats to concrete.

What is structural concrete?

Structural concrete is reinforced concrete use to support structures either by weight bearing or being an integral part of the structure. Some examples of structural concrete are: Foundations, columns, retaining walls, footings, curbs and gutters.

What is pervious concrete?

Pervious concrete is made with little to no sand which allows for the filtration of stormwater through it's surface. The structural concrete application is considered a sustainable construction method and is mostly used in parking lots, sidewalks and greenhouses. Pervious concrete is not only environmentally friendly it is also cost effective as using this material allows for a storm water management solution eliminating the need to construct retaining ponds and saving time and space.

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