Manpower Use in High-Rise Residential Construction

by Ira H. Kleinfeld, Asst. Prof.; Hofstra Univ., School of Business, Hempstead, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 2, Pg. 379-383

Document Type: Journal Paper


The paper reports on the manpower utilization patterns in high-rise residential construction. In the analysis of 57 high-rise structures built in New York City, the writer observes an uneven distribution of manpower and the comparatively long construction time for conventional high-rise residential structures is primarily due to the long lead time required for fabrication of the concrete superstructure and masonry skin. The addition of resources to this critical path would not significantly reduce its time for completion because of the curing time needed at each stage of construction. In addition, the observed method results in a severely skewed distribution of labor utilization. The superstructure and masonry cycle require massive amounts of manpower in comparison to the other trades.

Subject Headings: Residential construction | Residential buildings | High-rise buildings | Concrete structures | Structural analysis | Comparative studies | Superstructures | Masonry

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