Column Cover

Precast Concrete Column Covers

PrecastColumn covers conceal structural columns and may completely surround them on ground level. Typically one-story units, column covers extend between floors or spandrels. In thicknesses of 2" or greater, column covers are most often non-loadbearing. Reveals, articulation, decorative accents and mix design(s) are available to meet design requirements.

  • Column Cover
Column Covers

  • Typical 6" thickness or greater
  • Aesthetic flexibility; multiple finishes, colors, textures and shapes
  • Separate insulation system required

What Are the Benefits of Precast Column Covers?

Precast concrete column covers can enhance the appearance of a plain, otherwise unappealing non-architectural column. They can be designed to completely conceal the structural columns or surround them at the ground level. In most cases, precast columns are C- or U-shaped in design. When designed and constructed properly, precast column covers can be become and aesthetically pleasing focal point of a structure.

Speed Construction With Precast Concrete Column Covers

Our concrete column covers are manufactured off-site in a factory-controlled environment and come ready to install in your worksite, saving you time and money. With precast concrete, extensive scaffolding and the use of on-site equipment is not necessary, helping to minimize project liability as well. Now more than ever, reducing overhead has become a critical part of contracting, design and project management — using precast concrete columns is an easy way to cut costs without sacrificing quality or appearance.

Column Design Flexibility

With our precast concrete column covers available in virtually any shape, finish, and color, the resulting design combinations can accommodate almost any aesthetic, from classic to modern. Our products have been featured in everything from universities and hospitals to contemporary art museums. If you have specific design challenges requiring creative solutions, contact our team today — with over 50 years of experience, we can help you with drawing consultations and wealth of on-line educational resources.


Column covers are typically non-loadbearing, but may be adapted to support covers on floors above or adjacent spandrels. Either of these applications can provide the desired aesthetic effect. You can often find column covers on exterior columns of ornate buildings such as courthouses and museums, while smaller covers can also be designed for interior use.

Contact High Concrete for Your Free Quote

Precast concrete column covers from High Concrete offer an attractive and cost-effective way to finish unsightly load-bearing columns. Easy to install and maintain, our products are designed for years of trouble-free use. With precast concrete column covers from High Concrete, you also get the benefit of a concrete solutions provider with a strong reputation for being an innovative leader in our industry. We work hard to foster long-standing relationships with all of our clients based on integrity and trust. It’s no wonder we’re the preferred choice of architects, contractors and construction management professionals.

Contact our team today for more information on precast concrete column covers or to obtain a free quote for your project. Feel free to give us call at 877-844-4418 today for a precast concrete column cover price quote.

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Connections are typically welded or bolted


Mix: architectural face mix; structural back mix with EcoMix® (up to 50% supplementary cementitious materials recycled content, per design requirements)

Water-cement ratio: <.38

Strength: 7-9,000 psi

Color: per Architect requirements


Certification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PCI Factory Certification

Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ACI 318-95

Prestress strand . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ASTM A 416

Reinforcing steel. . . . . . . . . . . . . .ASTM A 615

Welded wire fabric . . . . . . . . . . . .ASTM A 185

Structural steel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ASTM A 36

Aggregate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ASTM C 33

Cement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ASTM C 150 Materials

Dimensional Tolerances:

Horizontal alignment:

Position of Weld Plates: ±1 in.


Varying thicknesses – interior and exterior wythes are typically 1-3/4” thick. The exterior wythe can be thickened to accommodate architectural details.

Shapes – an assortment of architectural elements such as cornices, bullnoses and reveals can be cast into the concrete carefully and cost-efficiently.

Embedded finishes and veneers – stone, tile and thin brick can also be used as well as simulated limestone or granite.

Panel orientation – typical orientation will be horizontal; vertical orientation is possible.

Prefinished interior wythe – a steel-trowel treatment during manufacturing imparts a smooth, durable, surface ready for paint or wallcovering and is ideal for applications such as dormitories and apartments.

Grouted connection tubes – prefabricated plastic forms, fit into foundations and panels to facilitate connection (


Potential precast point contributions to LEED 2009 certification:



Potential Point Contributions

Sustainable Sites



SS Credit 5.1

Site Development, Protect or Restore Habitat


Materials & Resources



MR Credit 4.1

Recycled Content, 10% (post-consumer + pre-consumer)


MR Credit 5.1

Regional Materials, 10% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Region


MR Credit 5.2

Regional Materials, 20% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Region


Indoor Environmental Quality




Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan: During Construction


Innovation & Design Process



ID Credit 1.1

Innovation in Design: Provide  Specific Title


ID Credit 2

LEED Accredited Professional


LEED is a registered trademark of the US Green Building Council.

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