Top-down construction isn’t a new concept. Generally, it refers to building the permanent structure of a building’s basement while excavating as construction progresses. The LIFTbuild® version of top-down construction begins on the ground where construction occurs with a safe and structurally engineered solution, creating an efficient vertical manufacturing environment.

An Industry primed for change

Conceived when the construction industry historically was not primed for change and when fully-integrated technology and manufacturing processes were not available, the process did not take shape until recent developments over the past decade.

With a lack of growth in productivity and an Enterprise seeking to build differently and disrupt the industry, Barton Malow Enterprises found the LIFT technology. A small team of individuals providing consulting services to a multinational technology corporation proved the LIFT technology could work. With two similar projects of 10 stories and over 600,000 SF each, the team was able to build these projects 46% faster than traditional construction.

The LIFTbuild team was then assembled to lead efforts in research and development, integrated technology, work procedures, off-site fabrication, and process standardization to build even more efficiency into the process.

Since the end of 2017, LIFTbuild has focused on developing projects for tall buildings in the hospitality, residential, mixed-use, office, healthcare, and science/laboratory markets. Developer-driven projects may find maximum benefit for overall program requirements through LIFTbuild’s approach to challenging schedule needs, complex mixed project and floorplate flexibility, and the ability to work within tight site constraints.