Taking the lead TKL Group at forefront of sustainable growth in the precast world

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Adam Bombini

March 19th 2020

TKL Group is embracing the future with an innovative approach designed to inject the construction industry with a boost of green sustainability.

Part of a significant rebrand of its existing operation, TKL Group will continue to build on the reputation of Tri-Krete Ltd. as a leader in the manufacturing of architectural and structural precast concrete.

“Tri-Krete was established in 1977,” says Adam Bombini, Partner & CEO of TKL Group. “Our new venture cements us as second-generation owners bringing a more modern and green focus. It’s a new outlook in comparison to what is currently available in the industry.

“Through acquisitions over the years at Tri-Krete, we transitioned the company from a smaller, family-run business to a large corporation with multiple locations and a market that spans both Canada and the United States. TKL Group will build on the award-winning work done by its predecessor, with sustainability in mind for all projects and designs.”

TKL Group, Bombini explains, offers an array of architectural and structural precast products with the highest quality and lowest carbon footprint possible. He stressed that the company is committed to supplying the construction industry with innovative products, utilizing cutting edge technology and sustainable processes, all while minimizing its carbon footprint.

TKL Group will bring a keen awareness of current design trends, environmental concerns, and budgetary sensitivity. With a reputation as a leader in the manufacturing of architectural and structural precast concrete – supported by numerous award-winning designs – TKL Group has a staff with a solid track record of excellence and achievement.

Many noteworthy offices, residential
and institutional complexes have been constructed through the company’s efforts. TKL Group will continue to provide the construction industry with solutions to the most complex and original precast concrete manufacturing designs. TKL manufactures and installs architectural precast concrete, including insulated wall panels for warehouses, ornate architectural panels, structural columns, and beams. Their main customers include general contractors, developers, and owners.

In the past, two of the more ambitious projects the parent company was involved in were at a Marist College residence building in Poughkeepsie, New York, and, most notably, the One Bennett Park skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois.

The Chicago skyscraper tower, built between 2016 and 2019, featured several sustainable strategies. At least 20 percent of raw materials, such as structural concrete and steel, drywall, masonry, and insulation, were sourced regionally (within 500 miles of the project site). The 69-story structure provided a glimpse into the future, eschew- ing modernist, all-glass aesthetic in favor of a more traditional approach more reminiscent of the 1920s. The tower’s structure consists of concrete, clad in precast panels that mimic the appearance of the stone.

As TKL Group evolves, Bombini says the company will be at the forefront of growth in the precast world.

“Although precast has been around for many years, we are still at the infancy of
its potential,” he says. “As onsite construction labor continues to increase, a greater number of developers will push for more prefabricated construction methods. Those will include production in factories, higher standards, and controls, resulting in faster, more economical, and reliable onsite construction.

“I think we could potentially see 80 to 90 percent of a building structure in the future all be prefabricated and shipped to sites in segments.”

He sees this as the latest development in the field and predicts there is much more to anticipate.

“We will now feature specialized concrete mix designs with chemical additives to increase performance and decrease cement use; the carbon footprint effect,” he says.

“Then there’s 3D modeling of drawings direct to the manufacturing of forms and molds on computer-guided machinery. This is a huge advancement in our industry, eliminating vast amounts of paper and wasted materials.”

In the GTA alone, Bombini says TKL Group is hitting the ground running, with work on about 10 towers planned for 2021-22.

“As second-generation owners of a precast company, we are implementing new technology in every facet of the business and working with sustainability experts to evaluate every process,” he says.

As an example of the results this mandate can produce, Bombini
cites one particular reality demonstrated by TKL Group: “Through process improvements we have already achieved a 22 percent reduction in cement volume utilized in our products, thus eliminating 880,000 tons of C02 emitted into the environment yearly.

“We will be working with owners
and architects to ensure proper locally- sourced materials are selected for their projects, thus reducing the CO2 emitted into the environment,” Bombini adds. “TKL Group will work with sustainability experts to evaluate every process in our business – from something as simple as paper consumption to reducing cement consumption. Furthermore, we
will evaluate the very water we use in our concrete, utilize electrical vehicles for company use and research options on so- lar and wind energy for our plants.”

TKL Group has a commitment to sustainability in building design and construction. The company is dedicated to reducing the burden on the environment and empower- ing construction industry professionals to go green through the use of sustainable construction projects and processes. From the ground up, TKL Group is rethinking everything in terms of sustainability

“Then there’s 3D modeling of drawings direct to the manufacturing of forms and molds on computer-guided machinery. This is a huge advancement in our industry, eliminating vast amounts of paper and wasted materials.”

In the GTA alone, Bombini says TKL Group is hitting the ground running, with work on about 10 towers planned for 2021-22.

“As second-generation owners of a precast company, we are implementing new technology in every facet of the business and working with sustainability experts to evaluate every process,” he says.

As an example of the results this mandate can produce, Bombini cites one particular reality demonstrated by TKL Group: “Through process improvements, we have already achieved a 22 percent reduction in cement volume utilized in our products, thus eliminating 880,000 tons of C02 emitted into the environment yearly.

“We will be working with owners and architects to ensure proper locally- sourced materials are selected for their projects, thus reducing the CO2 emitted into the environment,” Bombini adds. “TKL Group will work with sustainability experts to evaluate every process in our business – from something as simple as paper consumption to reducing cement consumption. Furthermore, we will evaluate the very water we use in our concrete, utilize electrical vehicles for company use and research options on solar and wind energy for our plants.”

TKL Group has a commitment to sustainability in building design and construction. The company is dedicated to reducing the burden on the environment and empower- ing construction industry professionals to go green through the use of sustainable construction projects and processes. From the ground up, TKL Group is rethinking everything in terms of sustainability

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