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Versatility and safety make Precast a favorite

 

From the versatility of the product and to the safety both on-site as well as the durability, precast concrete is a favorite for all engineers. Capable of accommodating a wide variety of configurations, thanks to its versatility, precast concrete can maximize open areas and create flexible options that please both design and structural integrity. 

 

Due to precast concrete’s design versatility, the design allows for the use of fewer materials in creating the structural system than other construction methods. This aids in minimizing costs for clients, design time for an architect, and durability for engineers. 

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"Precast is built to last. The owners toured the precast producer’s plant and another precast school while it was under construction, and were satisfied they were getting better value with precast insulated wall panels.”
Justin H. Istenes, AEM Architects, Inc.

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Featured Projects for Engineers

1200 Intrepid
Office/Corporate 06/2015
2016

1200 Intrepid

2016's Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award winner proves that precast concrete enables the most innovative architectural designs while providing a highly energy-efficient and durable envelope. One of the most prominent features of the building is the white precast concrete façade, which dips dramatically away from the walkway along the eastern edge, then tips back out again, much like the buildings in a Dr. Seuss story. “One of the key design challenges was to create that curved façade from precast panels,” says David Bosch, engineering team leader for High Concrete Group. The curved load-bearing design was achieved by assembling flat, traditional precast concrete panels to form a complex faceted geometry. An interlocking structural system was embedded within the panels to eliminate the need for traditional precast concrete spandrel panels. “The resulting façade creates an aesthetic versatility that is unique to the project,” Bosch says.

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Nassau 8th Precinct Front Entrance
Municipal/Government 08/2018
2019

Nassau 8th Precinct

Following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, many structures owned by Nassau County in New York state were evaluated for structural damage, including the police precincts. Prior to the storm, several of these buildings had already been in need of renovations to accommodate a growing police force and resolve problems of aging infrastructure, and the storm accelerated this need, says Gilbert Balog of LiRo Architects + Planners.

In the 8th District, Nassau County wanted to replace the 1950s-era frame and brick precinct buildings with structures that communicated civic pride and could withstand the onslaughts of future major events. “Resiliency was a major factor in the selection of precast concrete construction,” says Dianne Pohlsander, design architect for LiRo. “In fact, everything came together with precast concrete: resiliency, fabrication that wasn't weather dependent, constructability, and the desired aesthetics.”

Precast concrete also helped address unique logistical challenges on this project. Construction was constrained by long and narrow site, and, because the new precinct house was constructed at one end while the old building stayed open for operations at the other, the team was under pressure to complete the project quickly with minimal site disruption. “Precast concrete gave us that quick erection time that we needed,” Pohlsander says.

2019 PCI Award Winner

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FDNY Front Entrance
Municipal/Government 08/2019
2021

FDNY Firehouse Rescue #2

Located in a city neighborhood, the FDNY rescue facility was designed for an elite force of specialized rescue workers to stage and simulate a wide range of emergency conditions. The members of the rescue company train to respond to various emergency scenarios, including fires, building collapses, water rescues, and scuba operations.  

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Penn State Hershey full garage view
Parking 02/2020
2021

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.

2021 PCI Award Winner

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80 on Commons black mix with white balcony

Design Aesthetics

 

  • Color & Finish
  • Graphic Concrete
  • Formliners

 

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BIM

Augmented reality can help bring your project to life before construction even starts. See what your project looks like in 3D with our top of the line team at High Concrete.

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Structural concrete beams

Components

Descriptions for each element and what purpose it is utilized for can enhance your drawings and expectations for your project. 

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Types of Aggregate

Colors & Finishes

With precast concrete, the aesthetic versatility of the product leads to endless possibilities for your next design. 

Go from one applied finish to exposed aggregate back to the applied finish all within the same panel!

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