Built from 1938 to 1941, the Progreso Pier was the first concrete structure in the world built with nickel-containing stainless steel reinforcement, and has been in continuous service for over 70 years without any major repair or significant maintenance activities. A combined environmental life cycle assessment and life cycle costing study was conducted on the Progreso Pier to show environmental and economic benefits of using stainless steel reinforcement. The analysis which was conducted by thinkstep considered the cradle-to-grave impacts of the stainless steel reinforced structure compared with the same structure, had it been reinforced with carbon steel. Engineering experts were engaged in order to design the alternative structure, accounting for differences in materials, maintenance, and estimated service life in the local marine environment.
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