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General contractor

A contractor who enters into a contract with the owner of a project for the construction of the project and who takes full responsibility for its completion, although the contractor may enter into subcontracts with others for the performance of specific parts or phases of the project. See contractor.

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC)

Material used in wall systems that resembles but generally does not perform as well as concrete. It usually is a thin cementitious material laminated to plywood or other lightweight backing.


The surface or level of the ground. The existing or proposed ground level or elevation on a building site or around a building. The slope or rate of incline or decline of a road, expressed as a percent. A designation of a subfloor, either above grade, on grade, or below grade. Any surface prepared to accept paving, conduit, or rails. See line.

Grade line

A strong string used to establish the top of a concrete placement.


A high-slump mixture of Portland cement, aggregates, and water which can be poured or pumped into cavities in concrete or masonry for the purpose of embedding reinforcing bars, and/or increasing the amount of load-bearing material in a wall. See aggregate, Portland cement, rebar, and slump.


A term sometimes used to designate dry-mix shotcrete. See shotcrete.

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