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Pushing Boundaries: Innovations in Architectural Concrete by RHa

The Reach, Washington DC Architectural Concrete

Architectural Concrete is truly fascinating. It's not like your ordinary construction material. We manufacture it right at the project site, shaping it into its final form using broad industry guidelines that are often quite flexible. That's why we have to approach it differently from other materials, both in the design and construction phases of a project. To get the desired result, the design has to really understand and incorporate the means of construction, considering all the specific techniques and methods involved.


At RHa, we've been deeply involved in many projects where architectural concrete plays a key role. We bring together our knowledge of architecture, a keen sensitivity to design intent, and our technical expertise to make these projects a reality.


Our journey with architectural concrete started back in 1963 when Reginald D. Hough, AIA,

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Reginald D. Hough, AIA, Architect

Architect, joined I. M. Pei & Partners. It was an exciting time, as architectural concrete was still being explored and defined in America. Mr. Hough contributed to groundbreaking work in this field, introducing innovative techniques and procedures that formed the core of many of the processes we still follow today at RHa. Over the years, we've seen significant advancements in architectural concrete. What started as experimental in the '60s and '70s has evolved into a sophisticated industry. At RHa, we've been at the forefront of this progress, constantly refining our techniques and introducing new innovations.


Our technical contributions range from design approaches to construction methods. We've developed patented systems and devices, like mechanized formwork systems and crack-inducing devices, which have become industry standards. We've also pioneered finishing techniques and formwork devices that have improved the quality of architectural concrete construction.


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Two guiding principles have been at the core of our work: Construction-Oriented Design and Design-Oriented Construction. By integrating construction requirements into the design phase and collaborating closely with builders, we ensure the highest quality in the final product.


Our technical criteria serve as the foundation for project specifications, guiding all parties involved through clear steps from planning to execution. This structured approach ensures effective collaboration and a successful outcome for architectural projects.


At RHa, we're proud of our contributions to the field of architectural concrete. Our innovations have not only enhanced individual projects but have also advanced the profession as a whole. We're committed to continuing this journey of progress and achievement in architectural concrete.


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