Utility vaults are used to provide access to and protection for infrastructure equipment. These materials are often buried and need manholes for entry. The most popular material for these vaults is concrete because of its durability, low maintenance, and easy installation.
Buried infrastructure often runs for miles, but still need to be accessible along the way in case of malfunction or repair. Valves, switchgear, panels and other utility equipment must remain safe from outside elements at all times. A few instances where vaults are needed include:
- Water Lines
- Natural Gas Lines
- Electrical Wiring
- Telecommunication Wiring
Depending on the size of the vault, accessories can be added to improve usability. Ladders, racks, hatches, and more can be built into the vault to provide easy access and safety. At Columbia Precast Products, we will manufacture utility vaults to your exact specifications.
Why Precast Vaults?
While all concrete vaults are built to last, using precast concrete will save you time and money. Because we are able to produce them before they are needed, our vaults are ready to go when you are. No forms, no curing time, and no need to have an open hole at the job site for more than a day.
When excavation is done, the vaults are put in place, and installation of utilities and backfilling can begin. That means less overall staff hours, no delays, and fewer safety issues. All of which saves money in the overall picture.
On the production side, we are able to produce consistently high-quality pieces in the controlled environment of our facility. With poured-on-site concrete, chances of imperfections are much higher. Air pockets, debris, and excess water on rainy days can affect the overall durability of the concrete.
None of that is a concern at Columbia Precast Products. We also strength test all of our pieces before they leave our location. That way you’ll be sure the utility vault you get is of the highest standards. With poured in place concrete, you won’t be sure until the forms are removed.
If you need a utility vault for your industrial facility, new business park, or large subdivision, contact Columbia Precast today. We’ll keep you on time and on budget and our products are tested to stand the test of time. We look forward to hearing from you.