GM/ CMs bring it Together!
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How Precast helps you to bring your projects together
The General Contractors/Construction Managers (GC/CMs) are the symphony conductor for the construction project, coordinating deadlines, cost targets, and site logistics. Precast concrete is a preferred construction method because it makes scheduling and site management easier and safer.
Precast Simplifies Site Logistics
Reduced Storage, Increased Safety, One Material
A job site utilizing precast concrete eliminates the spatial constraints that other construction methods require on-site. All components are poured off-site in a controlled environment and placed on a trailer ready to be erected. A crane is used to pick and place the precast pieces onsite. This reduces the need for storage and build-on-site space.
When placing panels and precast elements, only one smaller crew is needed on-site during this phase of the project. As a result, there is less opportunity for injury and lost work time.
In addition, built-off-site precast components eliminate the need for additional on-site trade workers. This is accomplished by the installation of insulation, fireproofing, windows, and electrical components into the precast panel.
Speed of Construction through parallel builds
Utilizing precast off-site-build has many advantages:
- While a construction site preparation is in process, precast components are completed and loaded onto trailers for delivery to the construction site.
- Specify insulation, masonry, fireproofing, electrical, and external finishes to save on-site build time and cost.
- An average of 12-16 precast components can be placed in a day! As a result, a completely enclosed structure will be up in no time. (results can vary depending on panel design and project size).
- Precast elements are made indoors preventing weather from driving the schedule.
- Precast adds structural integrity to the overall building project, making the site safer sooner.
How Precast Saves Money
Where does the cost go?
Precast concrete construction is divided up into three main cost buckets. Each bucket is an average and can vary depending on the difficulty, scale, and location of the project.
- Product: Labor, Materials, Finishing, and Engineering
- Transportation: Trucking, Toll, and Bridge Fees, Escort Vehicles, and Permits
- Site Logistics: Size, Grade, and Affect on Erection
Consider the benefits of precast concrete and the long-term cost savings associated with this construction material. Some examples to consider are thermal efficiency, the potential for built-in insulation, and elimination of additional trades people, minimizing construction time.
Featured Projects for Developers
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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