Center for Construction Engineering

Center for Construction Engineering

Building High Quality Facilities that Provide Safety and Comfort

At the Center for Construction Engineering, improving the quality of facilities and improving job site productivity are our two main focuses. We contribute to creation of safe, comfortable, high quality facilities through research and development on technologies in a wide variety of areas, including the construction materials, framework, ground and foundation, interior and exterior finishes, fire resistance, and other factors that form the foundation of architectural structures and civil engineering structures. We also perform research on conserving and restoring historical buildings.

Improving Facility Quality

The center works to develop high-performance materials and construction methods that are highly reliable to ensure quality facilities that customers can use with assurance for many years. Such materials and methods include concrete that has few problems with cracking and is superior in appearance, new building structures that use wood, and the optimal foundation structure for complex soil conditions. The center also works to develop technologies for building renovation that take the structure, materials, and other factors into collective consideration in order to maintain and improve the function and effective use of existing facilities.

Shimizu Hy-wood (example of new structure that uses wood)
Shimizu Hy-wood
(example of new structure that uses wood)

Improving Job Site Productivity

The increasing age of construction workers and labor shortages have recently become a problem in the construction industry. To solve such problems, the center is working to develop construction methods and materials that enable efficient construction with fewer workers to improve job site productivity. Such methods include hybrid steel-reinforced concrete and steel frame structures, and high-fluidity concrete.

Shimizu RCSS (Reinforced Concrete Column and Steel Beam Structure)
Shimizu RCSS
(Reinforced Concrete Column and Steel Beam Structure)
Shimizu RCST (Reinforced Concrete Steel Tube Structure)
Shimizu RCST
(Reinforced Concrete Steel Tube Structure)
Shimizu Hy-ECOS (Hybrid Economical & Ecological Structure)
Shimizu Hy-ECOS
(Hybrid Economical & Ecological Structure)

Conserving and Restoring Historical Buildings

Historical buildings have undergone many repairs from when they were first built to the present. That history is revealed through research into the traces that remain in the buildings themselves, related historical materials, old photos, and other documentation. It is how we judge their historical value. We then respect the historical value that we have uncovered through such research while also researching methods of conservation and repair that will improve convenience and earthquake resistance.

Hotel New Grand
Hotel New Grand
Rainbow Ballroom upon completion in 1927
Hotel New Grand
Hotel New Grand
Rainbow Ballroom after renovation was completed
Improved the ceiling earthquake-resistance while also faithfully replicating the finest details of the design

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