Al Areen
Warehouse / Distribution Center
Seamless, combined reinforcement floor
Owner: Al Areen Logistics
Designer: in-house
Flooring contractor: CBS Flooring ME
What we do

The best joint is no joint for Al Areen

Al Areen Logistics commissioned a new warehouse with a floor area of 26,000 m2 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2023. To meet their objectives a ‘seamless’ floor, combining conventional mesh rebar and steel fiber reinforcement, was constructed.

The challenge


The client was interested in reducing future operational expenditure that might be incurred by floor repairs and associated downtime. These might be expected in a traditional ‘Slab on Grade’ with saw-cut, and to a lesser extent even with a so-called ‘jointless’ floor (which in practice still has some joints, albeit around slabs of 1,000 m2 or so). Additionally, the floor was to fill an irregularly-shaped site.

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The solution


CBS Flooring recommended a floor combining steel fiber reinforcement with traditional rebar where required, in a truly seamless solution. Here, the entire floor constitutes a single slab and moving joints (and saw cuts) are completely eliminated.


The seamless approach overcomes the usual constraints on width:length ratios on individual slabs, while the combination of reinforcement methods allows for the casting of irregular shapes. The design proposal, for a slab of only 150 mm thickness, allowed for a nominal crack-width of just 0.2 mm over the entire 26,000 m2. Bekaert was engaged to design, specify and supervise the mix and casting method as well as to supply the steel fiber on short lead times from its Dubai facility. 


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