What is podium slab?
Podium slabs are unique type of floor system that transfers loads from a steel or wood frame structure above the slab to concrete walls and columns below. Podium Slab consists of a 1- to 2-story reinforced or post tension concrete podium that allows several stories of light-frame wood framing above it.
Podium construction works best for 5-7 stories in a hotel or multi-family occupancy type as it is faster and more cost effective than block and plank construction.
4 over 1– Consist of 4 stories of wood frame over 1 story podium
5 over 2– Consist of 5 stories of wood frame over 2-story podium
Podium slab construction techniques
The following construction systems have been used for podium slabs:
- Post-tensions cast in place construction technique
- Precast hollow core; this construction system is preferred it provides immediate safe working platform and excellent construction speed.