The mid-2000s saw a construction boom hit Nashville, as buildings — including many high-rises — rose throughout the city.
Of note, and perhaps not surprisingly, the area’s last cement shortage occurred during this time.
Now, mid-2000s-like construction activity is back, with no fewer than 15 major construction projects slated to begin in Davidson County in 2013.
On top of that, Nashville has multiple large-scale developments currently underway and that will extend into next year.
It’s a construction frenzy of sorts, the type that can beg questions regarding the availability of materials.
But don’t expect a shortage of what is one of the single-most important materials for large buildings and in which cement is a component: concrete.
“We don’t expect there to be a shortage of concrete,” said Sarah Egan, director of communications for the Nashville-based Tennessee Concrete Association.
Indeed, the association’s member companies that produce ready mix concrete have been busy of late.
“We have seen an increase in concrete production in 2012 [compared to 2011],” Egan said.
As noted, cement is used in concrete, and Egan said local cement production is more than adequate.
“We don’t anticipate a cement problem as we have a surplus,” she said.