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Journal of Construction Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 8785129, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/8785129
Research Article

Cost Analysis of Precast and Cast-in-Place Concrete Construction for Selected Public Buildings in Ghana

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Building and Road Research Institute, Kumasi, Ghana

Received 23 May 2016; Revised 5 August 2016; Accepted 29 September 2016

Academic Editor: Eric Lui

Copyright © 2016 Richard Oduro Asamoah et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The construction industry in Ghana is becoming efficient in the area of cost and achieving advance technologies. The effective management of cost enables clients, developers, and facilitators to achieve value for money. Concrete is a major component in every construction project. The use of precast concrete technology has been embraced by the construction industry in Ghana. This study seeks to analyze cost estimating of the structural frame (column and slab) by considering cast-in-place and precast concrete slabs and columns, respectively. Relative importance and Kendall’s concordance agreement were used to determine the rankings and agreement of advantages of using precast concrete. The study established that precast concrete slabs were on average 23.22% cheaper than the cast-in-place concrete elements and precast columns were averagely 21.4% less than cast-in-place concrete columns. The study established that professionals prefer the use of precast concrete products because of the life cycle cost.