Precast Concrete Engineers Make It Real!
Outer Beauty, Durable Inner Strength
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.
Precast is a design rich medium
Precast excels in durability, strength, versatility, on-site safety makes Precast a favorite for Engineers and Architects. Precast is capable of a wide variety of configurations that satisfy both aesthetic and structural integrity requirements. The off-site-build of precast components mitigates weather factors and reduces site logistic issues. Precast's versatility reduces materials, and construction time, while increasing durability, and structural integrity.
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Site Efficiency and Adaptability
For today and the future
Less is more when it comes to site efficiency. Simply put, precast concrete means less waste and better on-site safety.
- Less Workers = Better/Easier Coordination
- Fewer Trades = Minimal Management and Transactions
Because building components are prepared off-site, precast is inherently more efficient than other methods. Work on-site can move forward until the precast is needed. Then it can be delivered and picked off a trailer and placed into its spot on the structure. Also, with so much emphasis being placed on project life cycles, engineers can use precast concrete to create an adaptable shell that can be changed during decades of service.
Safety in Design
Savvy Engineers know precast concrete structures will resist external threats such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and fire. This makes precast the safest solution in situations where wind-borne flying objects at tornado speeds and fire resistance/containment are required.
Precast concrete meets all FEMA P-361 criteria for safe rooms and the material is non-combustible with a slow rate of heat transfer. Also, precast is utilized to help with 500-year flood plains. In the case of the Statue of Liberty Museum and screening facility, precast was used to help combat hurricane flooding on the island. Read more about it in the project profile here.
Featured Projects for Engineers
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
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...
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
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.
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