Design Innovation

Penn State Hershey full garage view

Innovating the Precast Design Process


Design freedom, innovation, Sustainable solutions

Design Freedom


Brighter, more open, and flexible interiors with virtually unlimited options of color, texture, and form provide you with the design freedom that will produce prize-winning buildings and environments.

Innovation


Outstanding Performance - Safe inherently superior fire resistance, excellent security via blast and earth-quake resistance. Quiet outstanding acoustic insulation and superior resistance to impact and soil, mold, and mildew

Superior Quality - Greater impermeability and strength with consistent results quality that exceed PCI’s Plant Certification requirements and that are far superior to on-site cast-in-place construction and outdoor precast operations

Sustainable


Environmentally friendly, high thermal efficiency through mold and mildew resistant weather-tight enclosures yield a more economical low maintenance and life cycle costs.

 

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Precast concrete was able to take something that was, "a necessity and turn it into an asset."
John Cluver, Voith & Mactavish Architects

Featured Projects

Villanova Pedestrian Bridge street view
Education 04/2019
2020

Villanova University Pedestrian Bridge

This collegiate pedestrian bridge harmonizes with a collegiate campus that has been around for years. The environment of a college tends to develop around them, causing a need to adapt. Taking something that was, “a necessity and turning it into an asset” was an added benefit to the Architect. Ultimately plastic and versatile, precast concrete helps designers realize their vision even when it’s not the hero in the visual. In this project, harmony, and consistency with the campus aesthetic was a high priority to both the University and the designers. To achieve this goal, the design included a fieldstone veneer to the exterior of the precast bridge following erection except for the architectural panels over the road. The panels over the existing road had the fieldstone applied by the precast manufacturer to the panel prior to being transported to the location. This helps cut down road closure time and boost efficiency.

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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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Statue of Liberty Museum side of museum view
Municipal/Government 05/2019
2020

Statue of Liberty Museum and Screening Facility

At this iconic location, now stands resilient structures that are dynamic in expression and were inspired by the irregularity of the water’s edge, as well as the geometry of the circular Flagpole Plaza. This is a one of a kind museum and screening facility that leads precast structures into a new level of strength and beauty.

Merging building into the landscape, the design eschews formality in favor of an asymmetrical design that embraces its dramatic setting and changes of form as visitors move around it. The vertical patterning of the precast concrete sandwich panels was inspired by the Palisades cliffs along the Hudson River. The project’s materials link the future of the Island with its past. Inspired by the idea that the museum has been “lifted” from the park, all vertical surfaces are rendered in irregular, vertical patterns suggestive of a tectonic shift; they provide a compositional counterpoint to the building’s dominant horizontality. The precast concrete panels have a deeply textured, irregular pattern, which creates dramatic shadows; this texture reflects the Palisades cliffs of New Jersey.

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Penn State Hershey full garage view
Parking 02/2020
2021

Penn State University Hershey Campus

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.

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