Foundations are an essential component of any construction project, transmitting the load of the structure onto stable soil or rock. The type of foundation required for a specific project will vary depending on a variety of criteria, including the building’s design and loading needs, site access and proximity to other buildings, ground conditions, budgets and deadlines, and more. Pad foundations are a form of foundation that is often utilised in commercial and industrial warehouse construction.
Pad Foundation Layout:
Concrete pad foundations can be configured in a variety of ways to accommodate the structure they are designed to support. Pads can be positioned irregularly depending on where the building’s columns will be, or they can be spaced tightly together in a continuous line. Pads can also be utilised to create pad and beam foundations, which consist of several distinct pads supporting a ground beam.
Timber & Steel Frame Pad Foundations:
The design of the pads will be determined by the frame that will be supported by pad foundations. Pad foundations for timber frame or steel frame buildings will require a way to secure the framework to the pads, such as bolts cast into the surface of the pads or sockets into which the framework can be fixed.
While pad footings installation in Sydney is simple and cheap to build, they are only appropriate for sites where the ground conditions give stable load-bearing capacity within 3 metres of the surface. They are also only appropriate for certain types of structures, such as commercial warehouses and retail buildings with very big roof areas but only one floor.