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The ability to balance what is a need and what is a want in a project can be difficult. Precast concrete provides both structural integrity and aesthetic design options making it an all-in-one solution. Precast concrete meets LEED certification requirements for resilience, sustainability, reliability, and durability. It is natural, locally sourced, and increases project efficiency setting up the project for success from the start.
Beauty that Lasts
Not only is precast concrete built to please the eye, but it is also built to last. With minimal maintenance, a precast structure's life span beats out any other construction material on the market.
- For that great brick aesthetic, consider using ThinBrick thereby eliminating the cost of mortaring brick.
- Your building patterns, images, or logo will remain crisp over time with Graphic Concrete®.
- ResThese precast concrete options just touch on the aesthetic resiliency of the product. Resilient buildings are a top priority in the wake of recent severe storms, fires, and other natural and manmade disasters.
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Precast is Efficient
Precast concrete components being produced off-site has value:
- All components are created in a controlled environment and shipped to the job site. A trailer arrives on-site in the order that it is scheduled to be placed by a crane. Being picked directly off the truck and placed on the foundation.
- Depending on size, scale, and logistics, on average 12-16 precast components are able to be placed in one day.
- A complete structure or enclosure is able to be completed in a matter of weeks.
- Using precast for your project results in fewer trades on a job site causing less clutter and a safer environment to produce a structure in a quick time frame.
- Weather does not slow precast construction down. Precast concrete can be placed in rain, snow, sun, and any time of year.
The Definition of Durable
Consistent Quality and Durability
Our precast concrete meets and exceeds PCI's (Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institutes) highest certification standards. More than a certification goal, High Concrete's products meet our internal quality standards for structural and aesthetic quality as well. Each component that leaves the plant is checked by a quality control team to assure the best product is delivered to customers.
Whether it needs to meet ASHRAE 90.1 or FEMA P-361, precast concrete is a cost-effective all-in-one product solution. Precast concrete provides significant cost savings including speed and efficiency at the beginning of your project to the long-term benefits of the HVAC system and maintenance.
Featured Projects for GC/CMs
In 2012, the Christ Hospital Network in Cincinnati, Ohio, decided to add an orthopedic center of excellence to its already nationally renowned healthcare facility. The owners worked with an architect to design the seven-story, 381,000 ft2 LEED Silver-certified Joint & Spine Center, which linked it directly to the hospital’s existing surgical and imaging areas.
As part of the broader master plan, the client and architect agreed that the design for the Joint & Spine Center needed to reflect the historical redbrick vernacular of the other campus buildings. It also had to meet strict budget restrictions, deliver a watertight building envelope, and meet the high-performance goals set for the new building. All of these requirements would be met with a precast concrete design.
Willow Creek Elementary
The two-story, 108,000 ft2 Willow Creek Elementary School was built in response to increased enrollments at the elementary school level. The school opened for the 2009-2010 academic year and features 44 classrooms, a cafeteria, gymnasium, library, computer labs, art, and music classrooms for an estimated 700 students.
The $22.1 million school was designed by AEM Architects, Inc., which also designed the nearby Tilden Elementary Center in Hamburg, PA with CarbonCast High-Performance Insulated Wall Panels. The Tilden school was completed in 2007.
Willow Creek was built in proximity to other Fleetwood facilities and takes the place of an older block and brick structure. According to AEM project architect Justin H. Istenes, the insulated wall panels were chosen for the school because “precast is built to last. The owners toured High’s Denver plant and the Tilden school while it was under construction, and were satisfied they were getting better value with precast insulated wall panels.”
Penn State Hershey Campus Parking Garage
Inspired by the rolling hills in Pennsylvania, the eye-catching waving spandrels are the first element to greet you as you drive onto the health campus and the last you pass as you leave. Being in such prime real estate, the owners did not want this to be an ordinary parking garage. The Architects took on the challenge with inspiration from the land around them and created a total precast concrete marvel with 1,235 parking spaces with room to expand as needed.
80 on the Commons
The playful yet sophisticated use of a herringbone pattern results in a standout, bold style that NBBJ wanted to capture on this civic asset in the city’s central open space.
Continuing in the style of the black façade on the top eleven stories, the white panels at ground level begin with linear lines and gradually fade to a smooth finish. The transition from a smooth finish to a heavily textured panel gives the ground level a clean ordered look in contrast to the beauty of the organized chaos above. The white mix used as the deep contrast is captured throughout the façade from the balconies to the back of the building’s recessed design were all achieved using precast concrete.
Scattered among the levels are cantilever balcony decks protruding straight out from the structure of the building. No support brackets or elements are needed for these precast slabs due to the design, therefore providing the visual of a floating deck. The severe contrast of the two colors helps deliver the architect's design intent.
The result of the refined material palette and texture of the pattern used is one of the unique features of the building. The custom formwork makes the surface appear as if it is changing throughout the day due to the shadow with the sun. Depending on the angle, the layout gives off an impression where sections appear as different shades of a black concrete mix, when in fact, it’s not.
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