Architects have chosen precast concrete architectural facades for more than half a century because they offer exceptional aesthetic and structural versatility, speed of enclosure, and durability. No other material combines the range of shapes, colors, textures, fire-resistance, acoustical insulation, weather tightness, long-term durability, low maintenance care, and rapid enclosure.
The aesthetic design versatility of wall panels allow for complex and beautiful buildings to emerge using two types of wall panels:
Load Bearing Architectural Wall Panels
Non-Load Bearing Architectural Wall Panels
Both Panels can be either insulated or solid wall panels.
Precast wall panels include weather-tight enclosures for maximum protection against mold and mildew, and their superior structural strength makes them highly impact- and blast-resistant for maximum security. The durability of our wall panel systems makes them the ideal choice for meeting long-term construction needs.
These panels are more than an external shell to a building, load-bearing wall panels transfer floor and roof loads through the panels down to the foundation. The panels can also transfer horizontal loads to shear walls.
These panels act as an external shell to the building and can be load-bearing or non-load bearing. They attach to the superstructure of the building and provide a sealed external cladding that is more decorative and protective against the external elements.
Insulated panels act as a barrier system providing thermal efficiency and a face-sealed water barrier. With three layers of beautiful cohesiveness, you are able to achieve a decorative finish for any design look, insulation that meets more stringent building code requirements, and back concrete wythe with a sealed finished wall. To connect the three wythes you use what is called a wythe connecter. Pins connect the face wythe and the rigid insulation providing a grid of connectors across the body of the panel.
Utilizing insulated panels helps site efficiency aiding in the speed of construction, minimal clutter, and a safe work environment. The panels are durable and long lasting making them a low maintenance option. They provide a continuous edge-to-edge insulation, ashire 90.1 and 2012 international energy conservation code.
Strictly composed of precast concrete and are at a minimum of 6" thick. Reveals, articulation, decorative accents, and mix designs are available to meet all your design requirements. This style of paneling can be both load-bearing and non-load bearing but does not have the ability to meet as beneficial thermal efficiency as an insulated panel.
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C-GRID carbon fiber reinforcing is the "enabling technology" that allows CarbonCast to be thinner, lighter, more durable, and less costly than conventional precast. Non-corrosive and with low thermal conductivity, C-GRID has a tensile strength over four times higher than steel reinforcing. C-GRID is an epoxy-coated composite grid made with cross-laid and superimposed carbon fiber.
While the C-GRID carbon fiber reinforcing product is a bit more expensive than traditional reinforcement products, it does offer other important cost-saving benefits. Specifically, by allowing for upgrades in the precast design used in the manufacturing of CarbonCast components.
An architectural building can be composed of elements that we produce both in Springboro, OH, and also in Denver, PA. Each precast concrete element on the image to the left is highlighted with the appropriate term.
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