Denver-based High Concrete Group LLC has been awarded a contract from Boonton, N.J.-based Phelps Construction Group for insulated architectural precast panels for the new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.
Denver-based High Concrete Group LLC has been awarded a contract from Boonton, N.J.-based Phelps Construction Group for insulated architectural precast panels for the new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.
High leads competition with five precast concrete awards, including industry innovation
Denver, PA—High Concrete Group LLC, based in Denver, PA, is pleased to announce that they have won a total of five PCI (Precast / Prestressed Concrete Institute) Design Awards, including two special awards, for four precast concrete projects it has produced.
There was plenty of activity in Philly’s architecture and development world this year. Some exciting projects broke ground after years in the making and we watched plenty of towers add to the ever-changing skyline. This year also delivered some long-awaited projects that deserve some praise below. Here now, the best new architecture—reveals, makeovers, and conversions included—of 2016.
High Concrete Group located in Denver, PA hosted a Topping Off event at Nassau County’s 8th Police Precinct building. located at 286 North Wantagh Avenue, Bethpage, New York. Representatives of High Concrete Group, LiRo Architects, Jacobs, VRD Contracting and Koehler Masonry attended the event which included the erection of the last piece of precast concrete that topped off the building.
From Central Penn Business Journal
August 26,, 2016—Dan Pietropola was recognized in the Central Penn Business Journal's 2016 40 Under 40 Awards.
High Concrete recently announced that it produced 421 architectural precast panels for the exterior of the stylish four-story building, including its sloping and curving east side.
Under a $2.7 million contract, High Concrete made 29,000 square feet of vertical surface for all four sides of the structure. The panels were delivered and installed from November through January.
Pictured with Mike (standing) are Nevin Cooley, former CEO (seated at left), and S. Dale High, Chair of the Board.
A new AltusGroup brief details thermal efficiency of CarbonCast Enclosure Systems compared to conventional precast, cavity and EIFS wall systems. The literature covers the benefits of continuous insulation and lack of thermal bridging explained as critical to meeting ASHRAE 90.1 requirements.
Three precast concrete buildings take honors for High Concrete in North American industry competition
Denver, Pa. (October 6, 2014)—The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) recognized Denver, Pa.-based High Concrete Group LLC in its 52nd Annual PCI Design Awards. The precast company produced the architectural precast concrete walls that claimed the top prize in the Multi-Family and Custom Solution categories, and an Honorable Mention in the Retail Structures category.
High Concrete Group is now blending fly ash into its precast concrete for structural members of parking garages. The practice is helping to save costs and make the finished pieces stronger and more sustainable.
Resilient design proposes to allow buildings, communities, and regions to anticipate, absorb, adapt to, and rapidly recover from disruptive events. While the term has been equated with disaster relief, the meaning is changing to reflect new design challenges.
The concept of resilient design has gained currency since the introduction of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. EISA focused attention on “high performance buildings” that integrate and optimize attributes including energy efficiency, durability, life-cycle performance, and … READ MORE
In January 2014 polyisocyanurate foam insulation manufacturers announced that they would comply with the updated ASTM C 1289 standard which adjusts the way the aged R-value of polyiso is determined. The standard incorporates two test methods that use “slicing and scaling” of insulation to evaluate the dissipation of blowing agents such as pentane. The result is a value of R 5.6 per inch thickness for polyiso’s long term thermal resistance (LTTR) rather than the previously published R 6.0. Independently, the National Roofing Contractors … READ MORE
In precast garage design, budget discussions start early and continue often—especially during the planning stages. To get to a number you can work with, get all the key information together that you can as early in the conversation as you can.
Construction projects entail a great deal of complexity, yet there are basic pieces of information that can help your precast producer get you well down the road toward building a budget. Here are the fundamental project facts you need to know in order to get a thorough response to … READ MORE
Neopor is rigid expanded polystyrene insulation foam (EPS) that is made with a proprietary graphite-based admixture that improves its R-value and water resistance. With a distinctive gray color, the material is used in a range of construction applications that includes precast concrete sandwich wall panels. Improved R value. Designers looking for higher insulation performance at a reduced cost will find this innovation worth a look. Priced between EPS and XPS, Neopor provides R-4.5 per inch, compared with R-4.0 for conventional EPS and R-5.0 for extruded polystyrene (XPS).… READ MORE
An operator batches a load of concrete in High Concrete-Denver’s new state-of-the-art facility.
Lancaster, Pa. (March 25, 2014)—High Concrete Group's Denver, Pa. headquarters facility is now operating one of the premier precast automatic batch plants in the country. An extensive upgrade last fall has automated key processes, introduced new cost efficiencies, and reduced errors, waste, and inventory variances associated with manual processes.
Precast stair units offer an economical. aesthetically pleasing, and durable solution for pedestrian movement through parking structures. They’re modular units that can support heavy loads, won’t squeak or sag, and require little maintenance. So how can they be used in your parking garage design?
Stair and landing guidelines are stipulated by the ADA and the IBC. … READ MORE
EPA set to end doubt about fly ash
Concrete Products (March 17, 2014)—Fly ash, a by-product of coal burning, improves the workabiliity and durability of concrete. EPA now has a ruling deadline, and the outcome looks positive for fly ash users such as High Concrete Group as well as for the environment.
Building officials, architects, contractors, specifiers, and designers who utilize ICC-ES Evaluation Reports as a basis for using or approving products in construction projects got some good news in February. Following two years of test work and coordination, AltusGroup Inc. has received a report from ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) stating that the C-GRID® carbon fiber grid connectors used in CarbonCast High Performance Insulated Wall Panels meet International Construction Code (ICC) requirements. How CarbonCast Walls Work CarbonCast walls can be designed to be lighter in weight and with thinner sections than other … READ MORE
As rain barriers, precast wall panels provide outstanding protection against moisture intrusion. Liquid moisture rolls off the surface with very little absorbed by the concrete which has low porosity due to its strength, typically in excess of 5,000 psi.
But keeping buildings dry is also a function of an enclosure’s ability to resist vapor intrusion. Excellent detailing ensures that air barriers prevent air infiltration and exfiltration, a significant source of moisture in buildings. Even so, water diffuses through wall assemblies due to differences in relative humidity, temperature, or both … READ MORE
Unless they’re swimming pools, open structures such as parking garages should drain so that there’s no standing water to cause a nuisance or eventually damage joints and structural elements. Chloride-laden water from winter salts and deicers can permeate low-strength field-applied concrete and corrode the reinforcing steel inside.
Puddles collecting by drains that are too high, washes directing water to areas without drains, water cascading over ramps … all are fixable. By relying on the precaster, designers can … READ MORE
A test specimen curing system measures actual precast concrete product cure times.
To perform as designed, concrete must be mixed appropriately and placed, then cured in a suitable environment during the early stages of hardening. Active curing by knowledgeable personnel facilitates the hydration of cement, a chemical reaction in which the major compounds in cement form chemical bonds with water molecules and become hydrates or hydration products.
The objective of curing is to keep the concrete as saturated as possible until the products of hydration replace the water-filled spaces in … READ MORE
Denver, Pa. (January 8, 2014)—High Concrete Group LLC is producing precast concrete components for a parking structure located at 3600 Civic Center Boulevard in Philadelphia. The new structure, adjacent to the state-of-the-art University of Pennsylvania Health System Perleman Center for Advanced Medicine, will accommodate 1,500 cars.
Some time ago at a seminar an attendee asserted that, in his climate (Zone 6), the only way to design a successful precast wall assembly was to keep moisture out of the insulation completely. The point of view is understandable if a perfect vapor barrier could be constructed (he insisted it could). But water vapor moving under the pressure of thermal and moisture gradients is for all practical purposes impossible to keep out.
Precast producers can be agnostic when it comes to the types of insulation specified for wall panels. … READ MORE
Concrete Parapets can be chosen to finish the top of a building as a decorative structural element. An economical alternative to some roof designs, they can bring scale to a building and together with screens can disguise equipment, vents, and other functional elements. In addition, they provide protection for the roof surface as well as the facade. Uninsulated, parapets present a possibility of thermal bridging that may compromise the thermal performance of the building envelope. Architectural precast wall panels provide … READ MORE
Now that the cold weather is in full force, you may see an increase in efflorescence on brick, concrete, and masonry walls. Any of these construction types is prone to the undesirable white blotches of salt deposits that may appear on the exterior surface. While harmless, efflorescence is virtually impossible to stop. However, it can be minimized.
According to ACI 116R, Cement and Concrete Terminology, efflorescence is a deposit of salts that has emerged in solution from within either concrete or … READ MORE
Denver, Pa. (December 29, 2013)—High Concrete Group LLC is producing precast concrete components for a new Orthopedic and Spine Center (OSC). Christ Hospital's new, 381,000-square-foot healthcare facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, is scheduled for completion in 2015 and will provide orthopedic, spine and sports medicine treatment options for patients.
Typically architectural precast projects utilize custom-built plywood forms for panel fabrication. However when repetition and complexity converge, steel forms may permit greater control, improved scheduling, and better economics. This was the case with the boomerang-shaped Varsity Village Lindner Center designed by Bernard Tschumi Architects of New York, N.Y. as the athletic headquarters of the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Lancaster, Pa. (December 6, 2013)—High Industries Inc., based in Lancaster, Pa., has announced the formation of High Structural Erectors LLC, a new company that provides erection services to the infrastructure, commercial, institutional, and industrial markets. The company began formal operations as a High Industries affiliate on October 1, 2013.
For our blog post this week, we welcome and thank contributor Greg Winkler, AIA, LEED AP, who is executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Precast Association. An architect and project manager with over 25 years of experience, he is the co-author of Construction Administration for Architects, which is available on Amazon.com, and two other construction-related books.
Recently an architect made this comment after choosing a thermally-efficient precast concrete wall system for a project in New Jersey. Thermal mass—the ability of a wall assembly to absorb and slowly release heat—has a big impact for buildings in the South and Southwest. There, it delays and reduces cooling loads and increases occupant comfort. Why would it be a design consideration in the Northeast?
As with most if not all things construction-related, it comes down to money. In this case, money saved. And, it helps buildings be greener.
How … READ MORE
Proper winter maintenance of your garages is vital to your operations and budgets. There are some things you can do to protect your investment in these important assets.
As the temperatures get closer to freezing, turn off the water supply and drain unprotected water lines in your garages.
The roof of a garage has the greatest exposure to the elements and snow removal operations. If you can afford to, the best thing you can do to protect your garage is to close the roof level during winter storm events.… READ MORE
Denver, Pa. (October 11, 2013)—High Concrete Group will host its Concrete Innovations and Answers seminar series in Denver, Pa. and Springboro, Ohio. Developed to inspire and inform architects and others involved in the planning and construction of precast buildings, the full-day event explores and explains the latest developments in precast concrete products and technologies.
Lancaster, Pa. (August 1, 2013)—High Concrete Group LLC, an affiliate of High Industries Inc., today announced it has named John J. Seroky to serve as the company's president.
Precast Concrete Producer Wins Best High-Tech or Laboratory Structure with Millennium Science Complex
Denver, Pa. (July11, 2013)—The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) recognized Denver, Pa.-based High Concrete Group LLC in its 51st Annual PCI Design Awards. The precast company produced the architectural precast concrete walls that claimed the top prize in the high-tech or laboratory structures category.
Denver, Pa. (April 28, 2013)—High Concrete Group LLC is producing precast concrete components for an eight-story parking garage adjacent to the new PPL Center Arena in Allentown, Pa., the future home of the American Hockey League's Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The new parking garage will be 242,300 square feet and will accommodate visitors to the PPL Center, attending hockey games and other scheduled events. The overall project is scheduled for completion in late summer 2014.
Since it’s liquid before it’s cured, concrete can assume almost any shape defined by a form. In architectural precast construction, with myriad combinations of details, colors, textures, and finishes, the options are virtually limitless. But how can you extract the most value for the dollars and time you’re spending, while achieving your design objectives?
If a project you’re looking at might be a candidate for architectural precast, … READ MORE
In the colder regions of the United States, the deteriorating effects of winter weather and maintenance can easily be seen in parking garages. Despite the inherent durability designed into these parking garage structures, deicing chemicals, plow activity, and freeze-thaw cycles all take their toll by corroding reinforcing steel and hardware, causing abrasion and impact damage to structural elements, and accelerating the deterioration of existing cracks and delaminations in the concrete. In addition, snow, ice, and rain residue carried … READ MORE
Three ways Tekla makes life easier for designers with precast concrete design software.
Where do building models go when designers hand them off? In precast concrete projects, the basic information can be imported into new models that specialize in engineering functions. Tekla Structures is the leading software program for precast, melding engineering and drafting functions into one seamless process.
Tekla Structures, from Tekla of Finland, was initially developed in cooperation with a first-ever Precast Concrete Software Consortium whose aim was to find a design software solution to take time … READ MORE
Use I&D for potential LEED credit for supplementary cementitious materials in the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED V3 rating system, Materials and Resources Credit 4 Recycled Content (MRc4) recognizes the use of supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs). This is one of the areas in which precast concrete can make contributions to sustainable green building.
SCMs may include fly ash, silica fume, and slag cement, all of which are industrial byproducts that are taken from the waste stream. These materials can be used replace up to 50 percent of the ordinary.
More precast pieces per load
Higher initial cost can pay off in reduced maintenance and repair
Controlling corrosion in reinforcing steel is a key factor in extending precast concrete durability, particularly in parking structures in coastal marine climates and in geographies where deicing salts are used. The reinforcing steel is embedded in precast concrete products to stop cracking and provide a diaphragm connection. However, when a crack reaches the steel, it can accumulate chloride-laden water that acts as an electrolyte, accelerating oxidation that may lead to further cracking, spalling, and staining, ultimately leading problems … READ MORE
Deformed wire outperforms smooth, but carbon fiber addresses corrosion
SCC mix designs are economical, require little to no vibration, and improve consistency and surface finishes.
Since the Bauhaus architects of the early 20th century, many concrete buildings have been bulky gray rectangles. Self-consolidating, or self-compacting, concrete (SCC) is a recent innovation in admixtures that helps concrete break that stigma. The mix technology allows for the casting of intricate and complicated shapes, as well as vibrant colors and varied textures, while improving the sustainability of precast concrete.
For our blog post this week, we welcome and thank contributor Herbert Slone, R.A., who is technical manager of commercial building for Owens Corning. With more than 30 years in construction and 26 years in the insulation industry, Mr. Slone is responsible for system development, including architectural specifications, fire, structural and wind testing, building code approvals, codes and standards development, and energy analysis. Mr. Slone has authored numerous professional articles and AIA/CES educational programs on building construction, fire-rated systems, … READ MORE
Parking Structure Design: IBC Excludes the Barrier Fire Resistance Requirement
4-3/4”-thick Double Tee Flanges No Longer Required
For years, parking structures with a two-hour fire rating required 4-3/4”-thick double tee flanges, or tees made with a special aggregate, to resist heat transmission. Carried forward from commercial building construction to parking garage structures, the heat transmission requirement added weight and cost. However, the governing International Building Code (IBC) didn’t require shaft enclosures or fire-resistive joints in these structures, indicating that there was no intent to create a fire barrier between … READ MORE
Getting Sustainable Performance and Value for Your Insulated Wall Panel Project.
Precast Concrete Wall PanelExtruded polystyrene (XPS) and expanded polystyrene (EPS) rigid foam insulations are frequently chosen for insulated wall panels. In fact, these products are found in a variety of commercial wall systems including metal wall panels, and in roofing systems as well. Since the building’s skin is the first line of defense against moisture, designers are right to be careful about their insulation choices.
What’s the difference between XPS and EPS foams, and why choose one versus the other? … READ MORE
Recently the ACI Technical Committee decided to recommend a sealer on new concrete parking garages to protect against chloride permeation. This decision is reflected in the new ACI 362.1, Standard Practice for the Design and Construction of Durable Concrete Parking Structures, which has been updated to further address the widely recognized problem of chloride-related corrosion of steel reinforcement. Released the fall, the final document acknowledges carbon fiber reinforcement as a non-corrosive flange reinforcement material, and does not call for sealer on precast parking garages with carbon fiber-reinforced flanges. (See final … READ MORE
Nine Winter Maintenance Steps that Add Years to Your Parking Deck
Winter is the hardest season for your garage, particularly in the northern and coastal areas of the country. Road de-icers, snow, ice, freeze-thaw cycles, and improper maintenance practices can cause damage and corrosion that will shorten the life of your investment. Like de-icers, airborne salts from coastal climates also can permeate concrete surfaces and compromise steel reinforcement.
Your attention should be focused on ensuring the safety of your garage users. These means removing accumulated snow and ice and applying anti-skid materials as necessary. The way you do these can dramatically … READ MORE
Sustainability is becoming a requisite for design teams. With the growth of the LEED rating system and the introduction this year of the IgCC, tools are in place to set expectations and measure results of building performance. Standards work at NIBS promises guidance for high performance buildings that optimize key performance attributes on a life cycle basis.
Still, not all plans consider the end of a building’s service life, or a second use of any … READ MORE
The International Parking Institute’s 2012 Emerging Trends report is out. The online study of IPI members and other professionals tells what the industry sees as key influences on the world of parking.
If your work includes projects involving a parking deck, or parking ramp if you’re in the Midwest, the findings may be familiar to you. Parking professionals identify sustainability as the societal change having the most influence on parking, just after traffic congestion and gasoline prices. Next comes “Desire for livable/walkable communities.”
Improving Parking … READ MORE
Do You Need Composite Sandwich Wall Performance?
Assume for a moment that your team is working on a thermally efficient envelope for a low- to mid-rise building. You have winnowed out other construction systems in favor of precast insulated panels. Depending on how your project has unfolded, you may now have a choice among three sandwich panel construction types.
Inevitably, the way you go will have cost implications. If you have a typical application, you may have already calculated that you can use rigid EPS foam for the insulating layer, rather than a costlier insulation. Yet, … READ MORE
How Prefabricated Concrete Beats the Construction Clock
What’s the first word you think of when you hear “precast concrete?” If you were one of the architects recently surveyed by the PCI of Illinois and Wisconsin, it would probably be something like “fast” or “quick,” describing the speed of construction.
In terms of precast construction schedules, prefabricated concrete is nimble. It frequently makes it onto the short list of construction systems when schedules are tight. Here are three factors that allow precast concrete to cross the finish line ahead of the pack.
1. Concurrent activities. Prefab concrete is … READ MORE
Architectural precast and structural precast concrete structures can do more to reduce your project’s carbon footprint, give you more green performance and lower costs. More than mere tweaks, these five proven techniques can help you make sure you’re getting the most out of precast concrete on your next sustainable construction project.
Lancaster, Pa. (March 24, 2011)—High Concrete Group has invested $275,000 in high-efficiency water heating, chilling, and recovery equipment for its Denver, Pa., headquarters manufacturing operations. The new system delivers water to the company's concrete batching operations for ideal concrete casting temperature throughout the year, and in cold weather supplies process water for heat-curing of the company's signature precast double tees for parking garages.
Denver, Pa. (March 19, 2011)—Incoming students aren't all that's new at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. Many are living in a dorm enclosed with a CarbonCast® exterior wall system that is load-bearing as well as thermally and structurally efficient. This proven design is from AltusGroup, Inc. (the precaster partnership that High Concrete Group and co-founded). AltusGroup is the first to produce this important new variant of the CarbonCast panel.
Denver, Pa. (December 29, 2009)—High Concrete Group LLC in Denver, Pa., was selected as the winner of the Industrial category in the GreenSite Project of the Year 2009 contest. The facility was designed by Greenfield Architects Ltd. and built by High Construction Company, affiliates of High Real Estate Group LLC. Sponsored by Concrete Construction and The Concrete Producer magazines, the GreenSite award recognizes concrete buildings that are built using sustainable design practices.