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THE 2019 PCI On the cover: Florida International

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Precast Concrete Meets Today's Student Housing Demands

The new student housing at Longwood University, shown in a rendering, will feature a traditional look that was achieved with loadbearing precast concrete wall panels that tie back to the existing steel frame. Rendering: Little

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Making The Case for a Precast Stadium

capitalize on precast concrete components to rapidly andBuilders sublime aesthetics taking place in the precast/ complete Canvas Stadium within an extremely aggressive building schedule. prestressed concrete universe. These awards recognize 46 to be 'Nimble' theUniversities full gamut Strive of building categories with a focus on the Precast concrete architectural and structural components help solutions that inspired architects, delighted designers meet the demands of evolving teaching methods. clients, and dazzled the public.


Case Study: Florida International University Projects, Miami Located in a High-Velocity Hurricane Zone, FIU turns to precast concrete to build a resilient and beautiful campus.




Michael D. Moss discusses the evolution of precast concrete.

Headlines News about precast concrete, producers, programs, and projects. DEPARTMENTS 64 University Profile: Arizona State University 6

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INSIGHT BRIDGING GENERATIONAL GAPS IN THE PRECAST CONCRETE INDUSTRY No matter your age, if you work in any area of precast concrete, you know a large generational gap exists in the industry. It’s common to see a five-generation gap at any producer, providing and allowing for very different skills and values. It is the power of influence within these generations that conveys and changes the attributes important to the organization.


Each generation must realize and respect these differences while supporting individuals with differing skills. It is critical that members of the precast concrete industry are able to relate to one another to build strong relationships and solid business foundations. Creating teams or programs that allow for generational cross-training can bridge the generational gaps and foster growth. While relating to others from a social standpoint may be difficult, this ability will create relationships that make it easier for employees to stay connected, especially when teaching or learning difficult subjects like engineering principles and design challenges, or when discussing the company’s future. As we attract the younger generation, it is important to understand that this group promises to challenge and change every aspect of business as we know it. This paradigm shift will create an important opportunity for growth, as these young team members will continue to push for new trends and extend the reach of cutting-edge technology, like three-dimensional printing and robotics. Younger generations will also continue the push for conservation and sustainability, as well as locally sourced products, which will continue to grow the green building trend and energy-efficient designs. Accepting these workers is paramount to the success of the precast community, and it is critical that we recognize their core characteristics and competencies. We must promote precast concrete to attract and retain incoming engineers, construction managers, and innovators. If we allow access to multigenerational teams and employees, they will receive coaching and feedback that will grow their industry knowledge. We must recognize the knowledge and experience of industry veterans while welcoming the creativity and innovation of younger generations. Both can take our industry to the future.

Roksana Taghizadeh is a project engineer at EnCon Design in Denver, Colo., and was a judge in this year’s PCI Design Awards. See page 25.

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HEADLINES The project was designed by GLMV Architecture in Kansas City, Mo., with Reed Construction in Chicago, Ill., serving as general contractor. The project’s 160 precast concrete architectural panels were cast by ATMI Precast in Aurora, Ill. The precast concrete panels feature three colors: white tinted cement, light abrasive blast, and acid etch. Waubonsee Development, an affiliate of ATMI, erected the panels.

Office Center Features Cast-In Brick Panels Photo: Walters & Wolf.

Minnesota County Condenses Services in Precast Center VIRGINIA, MINNESOTA

When completed, the St. Louis County Government Services Center being built in downtown Virginia, Minn., will house 12 county agencies. Meeting the needs of that many users was a key challenge, as well as meeting three distinct design goals: to welcome the community, offer a safe facility for staff and public, and provide a healthy working environment in terms of sustainability and for the people using it. The 63,000-ft2, two-story building will serve as a hub for people in Virginia and surrounding areas to access a plethora of county services from one location. About 180 employees will work in the building, which will offer a “public concourse” on the first floor where the public can interact with a St. Louis County staff member or use the meeting spaces. The main public entry and concourse area is separate from the staff access. The facility was designed by DSGW Architects in Duluth, Minn., with Max Gray

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Construction in Hibbing, Minn., serving as general contractor. Northland Consulting Engineers LLP is the structural engineer for the project, which is owned by the county. Precast concrete producer Wells Concrete manufactured and erected almost 70,000 ft2 of precast concrete components for the center, which include insulated architectural panels, interior shear walls, and elevator shaft walls. Hollow-core bears on structural-steel beams and columns. The panels are 13 in. thick, with a 3-in. architectural exterior wythe, 4 in. of Neopor® GPS (graphite polystyrene), and a 6-in. interior structural wythe. They were cast in Wells’ Albany, Minn., plant, while the hollow-core was fabricated in its Rosemount, Minn., plant.

Medical Center Offers Three-Toned Precast Look NEW LENOX, ILLINOIS

The new Silver Oaks medical office under construction and scheduled to open this spring will contain offices for medical personnel and other support services for the hospital. The project is being clad with load-bearing and non-load-bearing architectural panels clad back to a steel frame.


A new 44,900-ft2 Class A office building now under construction features a distinctive exterior consisting of cast-in thin brick on architectural precast concrete panels in a variety of decorative shapes. The four-story building was designed by Korth Sunseri Hagey in San Francisco, Calif., with Devcon Construction Inc. in Milpitas, Calif., serving as general contractor. It is scheduled to open this summer. Walters & Wolf Precast in Fremont, Calif., fabricated the components, which include a variety of decorative arched windows coordinated with the firm’s sister company, Walters & Wolf Glass (WWG). Templates were created by WWG, and the precast concrete units were checked in the shop to ensure proper fit up in the field with the radius window head. The panels, which connect to a cast-inplace concrete frame, feature a saw-tooth brick pattern, while the roof spandrels include a stained precast concrete bullnose. Radiused brick pieces were inset into the panels that were erected at the main entrance. The precast concrete components comprised 328 panels, 220-ft2 two-story column covers, 120-ft2 infill spandrels, 170-ft2 arched spandrels, 220-ft2 roof spandrels, and solder course panels for the archway.

Five-Story Apartment Features Precast Concrete Structure CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

The new five-story apartment building on the northwest side of Chicago, Ill., features a total–precast concrete structural framing system, comprising insulated

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precast concrete walls stacked horizontally, insulated precast concrete stair and elevator walls, precast concrete insulated floor slabs, round and square columns, and precast concrete stair risers and landings. Canopy Architecture + Design LLC in Chicago is the architectural firm on the project, which is being developed and constructed by Evergreen Construction Co. in Chicago. CEA&A Structural Engineers is the engineering firm. The precast concrete components for the 45,185-ft2 building were fabricated and erected by Dukane Precast in Naperville, Ill. The components were cast from August to October 2018, with erection completed in December. Interior finishing is now underway. The envelope features 87,000 ft2 of 10and 12-in.-thick insulated composite precast concrete wall panels and flooring, which consist of the company’s own 8-in. foam-insulated slabs. A variety of other pieces, including about 140 ft of 24- and 12-in. round columns and some rectangular columns, also were created. In all, 321 pieces were cast, comprising 357 wall and floor slabs plus 18 stair risers and 18 stair landings. The exterior wall panels feature some cast-in formliner details, along with decorative round columns. A formliner producing a 1-in. sinewave was used for the northeast corner, while a formliner creating random ½-in.-deep reveal patterns was used on the first floor on the north and east elevations to add visual interest. A 2-in. depression on the lower level panels extends from 12 to 10 in. thick as an architectural accent. The exterior was cast with a smooth form finish with the intent to paint it once the project is completed.

Parking Deck Disguises Function ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA

The new Milton Avenue Parking Deck nearing completion in the downtown Alpharetta, Ga., area was designed to blend with the surroundings of the busy retail area. Featuring first-floor retail space of its own, the deck is a total–precast concrete structure, including brick-faced architectural wall panels that cleverly disguise its function and complement the neighboring old town architecture. Designed by TreanorHL in Atlanta, Ga., the 72,000-ft2 parking deck features uniformly spaced openings that mimic the appearance of the local commercial buildings. The brick-faced panels, complete with separately attached cornices, provide the traditional appearance of the surrounding area architecture. The general contractor is The Christman Company, Greensboro, N.C.; Walker Consultants in Charlotte, N.C., serves as structural engineer. The Georgia Division of The Tindall Corporation in Conley, Ga., fabricated and erected the 279 building components. The products include factory-topped double tees, 8- and 12-in. architectural panels with inset brick, cornices and caps, columns, beams, shear walls, wall panels, and stairs. The biggest challenge was fitting the building into its surroundings, according to a Tindall official. The company worked closely with the designer, contractor, and engineer to review options to meet the functional needs while ensuring the aesthetic requirements would be achieved.

Oldcastle Names Regulatory Management Group Director STONE MOUNTAIN, GEORGIA

Oldcastle Infrastructure has created a Regulatory Management Group supporting

its stormwater product line and promoted Jay Holtz to the newly created role of director of regulatory management to lead that team. Oldcastle created the team to enhance the regulatory environment for stormwater treatment and storage products and to support continued growth of this product line. Holtz previously served as director of engineering at Oldcastle and has worked for several firms associated with the design and application of stormwater treatment and storage systems, including Peter Kiewit Construction, CH2M Hill, and Clean Water Services.

Spancrete Promotes Winters to Executive VP WAUKESHA, WISCONSIN

Spancrete has promoted Jeff Winters to executive vice president. With the company since 2015, Winters has more than 20 years of experience in the precast concrete industry, including managing plants where he analyzed business needs and identified opportunities. He will be based at the company’s headquarters and oversee operations across the company, including precast concrete plants in Valders, Wis.; Crystal Lake, Ill.; and Sebring, Fla.

PCI Introduces Mobile App CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

PCI has released the PCI Mobile App in the Apple and Google Play stores. The app can be used to view information about PCI’s participation at trade shows and to personalize sessions, connect with attendees, and view exhibitor information at PCI’s annual Convention and The Precast Show. To download the app, go to https://pci., or the scan the QR code shown here.

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HEADLINES PCI Design Handbook, 8th Edition Errata Posted CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

In 2017, the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute published the eighth edition of the PCI Design Handbook: Precast and Prestressed Concrete (MNL-120-17). While the committee devoted significant effort to providing an accurate document, some errata have been discovered. The approved errata have been posted on PCI’s website and are intended to supplement, revise, or clarify the information in the handbook. The errata PDF file can be downloaded from PCI’s website. Click on Guides and Manuals under the Design Resources tab at


Michael Johnson has been named executive director of PCI of Illinois & Wisconsin. He has more than 13 years of experience in the precast/prestressed concrete industry in Illinois, having worked in sales, marketing, and quality control in many categories, including prestressed bridge beams, sound walls, retaining wall systems, double-tee beams, and precast concrete building systems. Other concrete experience includes working in materials testing for almost seven years and owning a small contracting business. Most recently, Johnson served as a research engineer at the Illinois Center for Transportation in Rantoul (part of the University of Illinois Department of Civil Engineering), where he worked on transportation and pavement research projects. He can be reached at and (815) 404-4690.

Reed Heads PCI’s Mid-Atlantic Group LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA

Gary Reed has been named executive director for the Mid-Atlantic Region of PCI. Reed offers more than 30 years of experience in the precast concrete industry in roles that include marketing management, precast concrete project design-assist experience,

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estimating, and training. He has spent 28 years in various positions with High Concrete Group, as well as with Universal Concrete Products and Nitterhouse Concrete Products. He most recently was senior project manager with Parking Garage Preservations in Lincoln University, Pa. He can be reached at or (610) 467-8558.


PCI has hired Mike Smith as senior manager, Business Technology. Smith will develop and maintain PCI’s technology platforms and databases, provide ongoing support for PCI’s Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS) programs and assist PCI’s IMIS project manager as a liaison with IMIS third-party providers. Smith has more than 15 years of database and application development experience with nonprofit associations.

New PCI Fire Standard Added to 2021 IBC CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

The new Specification for Fire Resistance of Precast/Prestressed Concrete (PCI 124-18), will be referenced in the 2021 International Building Code. Published in October 2018, it is available in hardcopy and e-book formats from the PCI bookstore at This is PCI’s first specification since becoming an Accredited Standards Developer with the American National Standards Institute in 2014. PCI first issued a manual on fire-resistance design for precast/prestressed concrete in 1977. A second edition was prepared in 1989 and a third in 2011. Although the PCI fire design manual MNL124 was not a standard, it was referenced in the first edition of the International Building Code in 2000 as being acceptable for prestressed concrete slabs not covered elsewhere. PCI 12418 brings the knowledge of previous MNL-124 documents into standard language.

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PCI MOUNTAIN STATES—JOHN DOBBS, PE phone: (303) 562-8685 email:

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Design Awards THE 2019 PCI DESIGN AWARDS WINNERS PROVE THAT PERSEVERANCE PAYS OFF. As you’ll see from the profiles, many of the winning projects did not use precast concrete in the original designs. However, once owners and architects saw the flexibility, cost savings, and accelerated construction times that a precast concrete design could bring to the project, they quickly shifted gears.



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“An all–precast concrete design simplified construction, reduced costs, and compressed the schedule versus options using traditional masonry or other applied façade material,” says Rob McConnell of Eley Guild Hardy Architects about his all–precast concrete, award-winning University of Mississippi North Parking Structure project. That sentiment was repeated by winners in all categories. Time and again, they used precast concrete materials to create innovative and durable designs. Consider St. John’s Chapel in Columbia, S.D., where precasters used formliners and bright-white precast concrete to create a new building with a clapboard-style façade that looks like a 19th-century prairie church but can withstand decades of blustery Midwestern winters. Similarly, the new student academic center at Florida International University benefits from both the aesthetic flexibility and the strength of precast concrete. The angled precast concrete panels make the building look like it has gills and provide a leaf-like thinness to the façade design; at the same time, the building is durable enough to resist hurricane-force winds. While proving that precast concrete is a superior option to other material choices, this year’s winners have also delivered an eclectic range of projects that showcase the durability, artistry, and cost savings that can be achieved with precast concrete. From a conventional apartment building in an evolving Chicago, Ill., community, to a massive football stadium designed with feedback from thousands of Texas A&M University sports fans, all of the winners took their precast concrete designs in new directions to meet the needs of their customers and the community. Our jury of experts picked winners from an impressive field of applicants, ensuring the top picks really are impressive. The following pages showcase all of the projects selected by our judges.

All of the winners took their precast concrete designs in new directions to meet the needs of their customers and the community.

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2019 PCI DESIGN AWARDS 16 SPECIAL DESIGN AWARDS & JURY 18 Parking Structure 5–California State University Sacramento 20 Glenstone Museum “The Pavilions” 22 Nassau County Police 8th Precinct




24 BUILDING DESIGN AWARDS & JURY 26 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston–Glassell School of Art 28 Cook Children’s Medical Center–South Tower 30 FIU Student Academic Center 32 Nelson Mandela Apartments 34 Pinnacle National Development Center 36 University of Mississippi North Parking Structure 38 St. John’s Chapel and Mausoleum 40 Highland Park High School 42 Texas A&M Kyle Field 44 NU Ryan Fieldhouse & Walter Athletics  Center Precast Wave Wall













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20 Glenstone Museum “The Pavilions”


22 Nassau County Police 8th Precinct

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JURY John Circenis principal, Gensler, Los Angeles, Calif.

John Circenis is an architect and principal in the Los Angeles, Calif., office of the global design and architecture firm Gensler. He has more than 30 years of experience in architectural design and implementation. As the Southwest regional design realization leader, Circenis has a unique talent for coordinating complicated building systems for large, complex projects such as airports and tall buildings. He served as a technical director on the Shanghai Tower, which is the world’s second tallest building. Circenis’s other notable projects include the Westin DEN Hotel and Transit Center, the Las Vegas Monorail, and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel at LA Live. Circenis is an active member of American Institute of Architects (AIA), serving on the Committee for Building Performance and Regulations. He has a bachelor of science in architecture degree from the Ohio State University.

Monty Overstreet vice president and co-owner, FDG INC., Arvada, Colo. Monty Overstreet is vice president and co-owner of FDG, which specializes in the planning and conceptual design of precast concrete structures and provides design, detailing, and project management services. Overstreet has 28 years of experience in precast, prestressed concrete construction and has been a major contributor to some of the largest precast concrete construction projects throughout the United States. Over the past 19 years, he has worked on several high-profile projects, including the Maricopa County Courthouse in Phoenix, Ariz., and the Burns & McDonnell Corporate Campus parking structure in Kansas City, Mo. Most recently, he managed the precast concrete design for the $1.5 billion PennFIRST Patient Pavilion in Philadelphia, Pa., which is slated to open in 2021. Overstreet earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering technology from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a member of both PCI and the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association.

Michael Koch AIA, associate vice president, HGA, Minneapolis, Minn. As an architectural designer with Hammel, Green and Abrahamson (HGA), a multidisciplinary design firm headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., Michael Koch combines his design skills and technical knowledge to creatively resolve unique design challenges. Koch’s background in architecture and landscape architecture allows him to work collaboratively with the HGA team to communicate design information through drawings, models, and other presentation media. He is motivated by the creative potential of architecture as he pursues design solutions from the broad perspective to subtle details.



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Key Project Attributes ❚ Repeatable custom formliners and a creative positioning of patterns create a random natural design in the façade. ❚ The project received Parksmart Gold certification from Green Building Certification Inc.

Project and Precast Concrete Scope ❚ Design and construct a six-story, 1750-stall parking structure. ❚ The project included 6089 pieces, using approximately 9074 yd3 of concrete. ❚ Construction was completed in under 11 months.

“The construction impacts on our campus community were so minimal that I’ve had faculty remark that they were surprised to see that Parking Structure 5 construction had started and was already complete.” — Tony Lucas, California State University

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The goal of achieving sustainability was part of every decision made in the design and construction of Parking Structure 5 at California State University in Sacramento. Because the six-level structure with 1750 stalls sits at the very front of the campus, adjacent to its arboretum, the designers wanted to be sure that the structure would complement the natural setting, while also providing students and faculty with a durable, environmentally sound structure. The university also set a goal to achieve a Gold Parksmart rating, which is the highest rating offered by the Green Building Certification Inc. for the U.S. Green Building Council. The university “wanted it [the new project] to be the highest-performing, most sustainable parking structure west of the Mississippi,” says Farad Ibrahim, director of building systems innovation for the project’s contractor, Clark Pacific. The use of precast concrete helped make that happen. From the use of repeatable custom formliners and locally produced concrete to the naturalistic aesthetics, this project is a celebration of environmental design and construction, Ibrahim says.

FOUR PROJECTS, ONE CAMPUS At the time that Parking Structure 5 was constructed, it was one of four projects being built on campus, and some of the others were on the sites of existing parking lots, which increased the need for the new parking structure. For these reasons, construction speed and minimal disruption of campus activity were priorities. The off-site manufacturing of the precast concrete elements eliminated the need for laydown areas on-site. Using precast concrete also eliminated approximately 5700 worker-days from the project and shortened the schedule from an anticipated 18 to 24 months to 11 months. The precast concrete project “went much faster than conventional construction, significantly reducing the impact of construction on the campus,” Ibrahim says. To minimize the project’s environmental footprint, the designers chose a precast concrete plant located just 27 miles from the jobsite. This plant derives more than 50% of its energy from its own colocated solar array, thereby reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing and transportation. “We eliminated waste and improved efficiency through the local manufacturing process, which also reduced cost and freed money for other enhancements,” Ibrahim says. These enhancements included 51 charging stations for electric cars, with infrastructure for 43 additional future spots, as well as adjacent integrated storage for 50 bicycles and 20 skateboards. The structure is also designed to receive a future photovoltaic canopy at the roof to offset energy usage. The project used a high-performing precast concrete hybrid moment frame (PHMF) to provide enhanced resilience during a seismic event. The PHMF also allowed for an open structure that is shear wall–free, thereby greatly enhancing passive security. “This is especially important in a student campus setting,” Ibrahim notes.

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Photos: Kyle Jeffers Photography.


California State University Sacramento, Calif.

The superstructure consists of prefabricated concrete panels featuring integral architectural finishes and attachments. The façade has a birch-like pattern and playful, fluttering metal leaves generate shadow patterns and the perception of movement, reflecting a tectonic expression of the natural beauty of the campus arboretum, Ibrahim says. Overall, the campus and Clark Pacific are delighted with the outcome. The new parking structure “is an iconic, beautiful, and functional addition to the campus, and it blends seamlessly into our urban forest,” says Tony Lucas, senior director of university transportation and parking services. “The elegant design and on-budget delivery of Parking Structure 5 is a testament to this design-build team’s outstanding collaborative effort.”


Clark Pacific, West Sacramento, Calif.


Dreyfuss+Blackford Architecture, Sacramento, Calif.


Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Sacramento, Calif.

PROJECT COST: $36 million

PROJECT SIZE: 551,015 ft2



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HARRY H. EDWARDS INDUSTRY ADVANCEMENT AWARD Key Project Attributes ❚ Of the 23,000 panels, roughly 1400 had unique markings, which meant the project required detailed tracking. ❚ Each exterior block was placed on its own shoring during shipping, with layers of shoring attached between blocks to prevent sliding. ❚ The most-needed blocks were loaded in sequence to streamline erection.

Project and PrecasT Concrete Scope ❚ Design and construction of a 240,000-ft2 museum expansion, including a new 204,000-ft2 gallery. ❚ The project included 28,782 interior architectural and structural walls and 23,212 interlocking pieces. ❚ Each 6-ft2 block was set individually, and erection crews averaged about 20 pieces per day.

“Precast concrete was chosen for its durability, sustainability, and ease of maintenance. The design allowed for each individual block to have color variation as desired by the owner and architect.” — Travis Fox, Gate Precast Company

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In 2014, the Glenstone Museum embarked on a major expansion project, adding a 204,000-ft2 building to its already spacious campus. The designers wanted materials of the new structure to evoke a direct connection with the surrounding landscape, while providing a lasting structure that reflects the modern art within the museum, says Travis Fox, vice president of operations for Gate Precast. “Precast concrete block was chosen for its durability and the natural variations and beauty exhibited in each specific panel.” The new structure appears to emerge from the hilly landscape and features a ring of gallery rooms surrounding a large, central water court. The exterior of each room is made of stacked blocks of precast concrete, individually placed to measure 6 ft long, 1 ft high, and 1 ft deep. No color-altering pigment was used in the design, Fox notes. Instead, the placement method and mixture of cement and sand were chosen to produce slight variations in the light-gray color and texture, creating a beautiful, naturalistic design. This finish deliberately contrasts with the smooth precision of the windows, which have been specially engineered using glass panels that are set flush into stainless-steel mullions.

DAMAGE CONTROL The biggest challenges on the project were related to the size, quantity, and delicacy of the individual panels. Because the structure features an as-cast form finish, there could be no imperfections, says Chris Cruze, project manager for Gate Precast. Form parts were made of double-layered, 1-in.-thick plywood and were slightly undersized to allow room for adjustability, fiberglass resin, and surrounding foam weather stripping. The mold faces were closely monitored throughout production and replaced as soon as any bowing or excessive wear of the buildup was noted. Gate’s team was also highly cognizant that panels might be damaged if blocks moved during shipping. To protect the panel edges and prevent breaking, the plant team devised a pallet system whereby exterior blocks, which weighed up to 900 lb each, were individually placed on their own shoring to raise them off the 53-ft-long trailer’s surface. Layers of pressure-treated shoring were attached between stacked blocks to prevent sliding, and then each block was secured with ratchet straps. The interior pieces, weighing up to 300 lb each, were also all custom stacked and arranged on pallets. To further minimize the risk of having to replace a damaged piece, Gate’s team developed a technique to reface any piece in the project. “Close coordination between the erector, project manager, and shipping supervisors enabled the yarding crew to stay ahead by loading the most-needed blocks in sequence so they would be available to meet erection schedules,” Cruze says. Organizing the panels was also a constant challenge. Of the 23,000 panels,

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Glenstone Foundation, Potomac, Md.



Gate Precast Company, Ashland City, Tenn.


Thomas Phifer and Partners, New York, N.Y.


Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago, Ill.


Hitt Contracting, Inc., Falls Church, Va.


E.E. Marr Erectors, Inc.,

1400 pieces had unique markings, which required considerable coordination in detailing, production, tracking, delivery, and installation. The result is a beautiful, modern structure that is a unique example of the function and attractiveness of precast concrete. “Aesthetics were the primary objective of the architect as it related to precast concrete because the owners wanted to build something lasting and of enduring value,” Cruze says. Through careful coordination and planning, this precast concrete design fit the bill.

Photos: Gate Precast Company and Iwan Baan.



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ALL–PRECAST CONCRETE SOLUTION AWARD Key Project Attributes ❚ Off-site fabrication compressed the on-site construction schedule, minimizing disruptions and avoiding weather delays. ❚ The all–precast concrete design contributes physical resiliency to the structure, while visually communicating a sense of permanence and security to the public. ❚ The envelope features energysaving precast concrete sandwich wall panels with a 2½-in.-thick layer of expanded-polystyrene foam to ensure a continuous insulation R-value of 12.

Project and PrecasT Concrete Scope ❚ Design and build a 30,500-ft2, three-story police precinct for Nassau County. ❚ The project included 236 pieces of precast concrete, totaling 28,670 ft2. ❚ Precast concrete erection was completed in two months.

“The all–precast concrete structure facilitated a holistic solution to multiple design goals: resiliency, energy efficiency, a civic aesthetic for the exterior, an efficient construction schedule, and flexibility in interior space planning.” — Dianne Pohlsander, LiRo Architects + Planners

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In 2012, Hurricane Sandy inflicted more than $70 billion of damage to homes, roads, businesses, and public buildings across the Northeast. Over six years later, the region is still rebuilding from that natural disaster. Following the storm, many structures owned by Nassau County in New York 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 storms. “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.” This project was the third in a series that LiRo designed for Nassau County police. The designs had to embody a consistent visual relationship that linked them to each other as well as the existing public infrastructure. “We wanted to bring the precinct into the 21st century, but also use some of the visual traditions of the county’s other public buildings, to express permanence and dignity,” Pohlsander explains. Precast concrete provided the flexibility to meet the precinct’s budget and durability goals while creating a cohesive architectural message. Precast concrete also helped address unique logistical challenges on this project. Construction was constrained by a 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 and with minimal site disruption. “Precast concrete gave us that quick erection time that we needed,” Pohlsander says.

AESTHETIC ACHIEVEMENTS Aesthetically, the highlight of the new precinct’s design is the heraldic lion of the Nassau County seal, which reinforces the building’s county identity and was cast directly into the precast concrete façade using a computer numerical control-cut foam mold. The façade also features exposed, buff-colored precast concrete panels with an acid-etched finish detail that reflects the traditional building features found in the community. The first-floor panels are set off with a base of polished pink-and-gray Grigio Sardo granite. At the second and third floors, schoolhouse-red and dark manganese iron-spot thin bricks are placed in running bonds and soldier courses to organize the window openings and emphasize small

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Photos: High Concrete Group.


County of Nassau, Westbury, N.Y.



LiRo Architects + Planners, Syosset, N.Y.

changes in the plane. “We maximized the three-dimensional plasticity of the concrete surface and used changes of material and brick pattern to enliven the façades,” Pohlsander says. Inside the structure, the designers use hollow-core slabs with 32-ft spans supported by just six columns to create expansive open-floor areas. Large “punched” windows in the concrete panels provide ample natural lighting, while the wall area between windows allows for flexible placement of interior partitions. “Precast concrete offers simplicity of structural design and functionality in space planning,” Balog notes. “The county and the officers are very happy with what we delivered.”


LiRo Engineers Inc., Syosset, N.Y.


VRD Contracting, Holbrook, N.Y.


Koehler Masonry Corp., Farmingdale, N.Y.


$15.5 million

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26 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston–Glassell School of Art 


36 University of Mississippi North Parking Structure  BEST ALL–PRECAST CONCRETE

28 Cook Children’s Medical Center–South Tower

38 St. John’s Chapel and Mausoleum

30 FIU Student Academic Center

40 Highland Park High School



32 Nelson Mandela Apartments


34 Pinnacle National Development Center

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42 Texas A&M Kyle Field


44 NU Ryan Fieldhouse & Walter  Athletics Center Precast Wave Wall



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JURY Marty Huie Senior projects architect,

Jacobs Engineering Group, Dallas, Tex. As a senior projects architect and firmwide resource on codes and life safety, Marty Huie is often put in the position of challenging established concepts and synthesizing complicated and sometimes conflicting requirements from clients and the construction trade industry. He works closely with his clients to navigate the regulatory requirements for healthcare facilities, communicate the impact of those requirements on facility designs, and generate innovative design solutions. When he’s not designing structures, Huie educates clients and the design community through one-on-one and association presentations, as well as by writing for recognized industry publications. Huie has served as a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Healthcare Subcommittee member since 2004, and he has actively debated code issues on the floor at the NFPA national committee meeting. He has a bachelor of architecture degree from Louisiana Tech University.

Roksana Taghizadeh project engineer, EnCon Design, Denver, Colo. Roksana Taghizadeh is a professional structural engineer who specializes in precast/ prestressed concrete design. In her 10 years of industry experience, she has primarily focused on providing design consultant services, and she has acted as the lead project engineer on numerous residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Taghizadeh has been involved with PCI for most of her career, and she participates on several committees. She has completed the Leadership PCI (LPCI) program and is currently chair of the Industry Diversity Committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado–Denver, with an emphasis on structural engineering and a minor in German.

Chris Mosley President, The Consulting

Engineers Group Inc., Mt. Prospect, ILL. Chris Mosley is a licensed professional engineer and president of The Consulting Engineers Group Inc. (an Illinois corporation). He specializes in the design of precast concrete superstructures of various types. Mosley is currently a member of PCI’s Technical Activities Council, as well as the Building Code and BIM Committees, and is the incoming Professional Member director of PCI’s Board of Directors. He has also served as the chair of the Building Code committee and was a member of the eighth edition Industry Handbook Committee. Mosley has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tulane University, and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University.



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Key Project Attributes ❚ Each panel was a true structural member cast 12 in. thick with 100% face mixture. ❚ The longest spans were nearly 45 ft. in length, with nearly all pieces angularly cut to fit the structure. ❚ Precasting allowed for precisely prefabricated load-bearing walls whose finish could be closely controlled.

Project and PrecasT Concrete Scope ❚ Design and construction of a three-story art school building with two additional floors of below-ground parking. ❚ The project included 188 unique hollow-core panels, ranging in thickness from 8 to 16 in. ❚ Off-site precasting meant each floor could be erected in less than one week.

“The project was successful due to design-assist and the bond established with the project team members. Any time you can have a seat at the table during early design, it is easier to establish budgets, coordination, schedule, and a better construction site.” — Todd Petty, Gate Precast Company

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The new Glassell School of Art building in Houston, Tex., is itself a work of art. The defining geometry, sloping plane, and elegant use of light and space all come together in a structure that will be an anchor for the Houston community. Much of the design was made possible through the use of precast concrete, says Olaf Schmidt of Steven Holl Architects. “The precast concrete structural elements hold up the floors and define the exterior, incorporating the angle of the main incline.” The precast concrete façade design alludes to the adjacent sculpture garden walls created by Isamu Noguchi, a noted artist and landscape architect. “The simple planar structural pieces of the sandblasted precast concrete plane give character to the inner spaces of the building in the spirit of simplicity and directness,” Schmidt says.

FLEXIBILITY AND CONTROL From a structural perspective, the main challenge on the project was to ensure continuity between the different types of structural components. The building’s geometry is characterized by individual panels that rotate, twist, and incline to varying degrees at random locations, requiring detailed attention to the load path. “The precast concrete walls allowed for precisely prefabricated load-bearing walls whose finish could be closely controlled and was therefore consistent for the entire building,” Schmidt says. The use of precast concrete also allowed for the minimization of wall thickness in some key locations and provided control over placement of the reinforcing steel. Connections between precast concrete panels; cast-in-place, mild steel-reinforced concrete, hollow-core slabs; and post-tensioned concrete are located throughout the structure. “Ensuring that forces transfer properly from one component to another was critical for the structure as a whole,” Schmidt explains. Precast hollow-core concrete slabs frame the floor systems and span between the cast-in-place concrete perimeter beams. “These made a relatively lightweight, longspan floor framing system possible—up to 40-ft-long spans with a depth of only 16 in.—and were surprisingly flexible, allowing for embedded systems and field-installed penetrations,” Schmidt says. The wall panels vary in size and geometry and are spaced along the perimeters so full-height, glazed panels could be installed between adjacent precast concrete panels. This structure of alternating concrete panels and large, translucent panels exposes the internal art studios to diffuse natural light while achieving a distinct external design that draws in passersby. “The precision of the precast concrete panel design allowed for the simultaneous fabrication of the glass windows based on drawings rather than field measurements,” Schmidt notes. The panels all touch each other due to the placement of the glass; therefore, once set, each panel had to be braced and set with a “ring beam” on top. Schmidt emphasizes that the flexibility and performance of precast concrete made the design possible. “Precast concrete for the exterior structure provided a superior finish and consistency over cast-in-place concrete,” he states.

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Tex.

PCI-CERTIFIED PRECAST CONCRETE PRODUCERS: Gate Precast Company, Hillsboro, Tex. Gate Precast Company, Pearland, Tex.


Stehler Structural Engineering, St. Paul, Minn. Aykut Cetin, PE, Scottsdale, Ariz.


Kendall/Heaton Associates, Houston, Tex.


Steven Holl Architects, New York, N.Y.


Guy Nordenson and Associates, New York, N.Y.


Cardno Structural Engineering, Houston, Tex.


McCarthy Building Companies, Houston, Tex.


Precast Erectors, Inc., Hurst, Tex.

PROJECT SIZE: 93,000 ft2 Photos: Photography at Richard Barnes/2018.



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Key Project Attributes ❚ Architectural precast concrete panels are resistant to moisture. ❚ The continuous, lowpermeability insulation creates a moisture barrier to prevent vapor diffusion and air infiltration. ❚ Multiple mock-ups were produced to ensure that the veining technique would deliver the limestone appearance the architects desired.

Project and PrecasT Concrete Scope ❚ Design and construction of a nine-story tower for a pediatric healthcare facility. ❚ The project included 75,953 ft2 of architectural precast concrete composed of 667 individual panels. ❚ Due to massive existing profiles, panel thickness ranged from 4 to 19 in.

“The thermal-efficient precast concrete enclosure system, which acts as an air, water, and vapor barrier, features extruded polystyrene foam insulation, embedded glazed brick, and a simulated limestone finish that successfully captures the timeless character of the historic campus.” — Sean Patrick Nohelty, David M. Schwarz Architects

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In 2014, Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Tex., broke ground on a nine-story addition for the largest pediatric healthcare provider in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Tex., metropolitan area. Building healthcare facilities always comes with a unique set of challenges, says Sean Patrick Nohelty, principal with David M. Schwarz Architects. These buildings must be designed to address the varied needs of patients and staff while meeting the highest standards for air quality, temperature and moisture control, and exterior aesthetics. The strict performance criteria and desire to create a lasting and beautifully designed solution for the community’s most vulnerable patients drew the designers to precast concrete. Precast concrete was selected over a typical masonry design or cast-in-place concrete on a steel frame through “Choosing by Advantages” (CBA), a system in which each factor in the material selection was weighted according to the structural needs of the project and compared to find the best specification. The CBA analysis determined that a precast concrete façade would deliver ideal waterproofing, insulation, and sound transmission, as well as sufficient ceiling space. The precast concrete elements also brought speed and durability to the project and helped keep costs low. All of this was achieved “while still meeting the medical center’s exacting standards for high quality,” Nohelty says.

BRICK AND BLOCK—BUT BETTER In the preliminary stages of the project, Nohelty contracted Gate Precast Company to serve as a design-assist consultant for the exterior façade. That collaboration led to a more efficient design that addressed issues early in the process. For example, Gate’s team worked with the insulation manufacturer to conduct a series of thermal and moisture analyses to ensure long-term thermal resistance and eliminate concerns of condensation and mildew. The early involvement of Gate’s team also allowed team members to assist in design development and detailing. They met weekly, using building information modeling (BIM) tools to revise the plans in real time. “This was our first foray into using BIM in a fully integrated way where all consultants were participating,” Nohelty says. The resulting design features a hand-set brick and natural limestone façade that matches the architecture of the existing campus. To avoid an overly uniform design, false joints and color variation were incorporated into the precast concrete panels, providing a more authentic brick-and-limestone appearance. By using precast concrete for the design, the project team avoided the site congestion that is typical when limestone, cast stone, and brick are used in the field. The insulated architectural exterior system saves more than 35% in annual BTUs when compared to a brick-and-block assembly, while providing an environment that is comfortable, quiet, and moisture resistant. The cohesive aesthetic of the precast concrete panels and the affordable construction contribute to the continued success of the hospital and opportunities for growth in the future.

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Cook Children’s Medical Center, Fort Worth, Tex.



Gate Precast Company, Jacksonville, Ark.


CallisonRTKL, Dallas, Tex.; David M. Schwarz Architects, Washington, D.C.


CJG Engineers, Houston, Tex.


Linbeck Group, Houston, Tex.


Precast Erectors, Inc., Hurst, Tex.


$289.2 million

PROJECT SIZE: 314,000 ft2 Photos: Steve Hall of Hall + Merrick.



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BEST HIGHER EDUCATION/UNIVERSITY BUILDING Key Project Attributes ❚ Extremely angled fin panels are polished to look like metal “gills.” ❚ All panels were placed monolithically, which allowed the glazing to fit each section. ❚ The precast concrete design has a thinner profile and stronger hurricane resistance than a metal panel system would have.

Project and PrecasT Concrete Scope ❚ Create a precast concrete façade that simulates metal designs with a wind-resistant material. ❚ The precast concrete skin features 2-in.-thick, highly polished precast concrete panels. ❚ Three-piece windows fit within a highly complex design featuring six precast concrete pieces.

“Because of its surface strength, we were able to achieve a glistening façade with fewer joints than would occur with a traditional rain screen system.” — Sean Zaudke, Gould Evans

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The angled precast concrete panels that extend beyond soaring glass panes on the new student academic center at Florida International University make this structure come alive. The design is intended to give the appearance of movement, says Sean Zaudke, associate principal at Gould Evans, the project architect. “We love the way the [look of the] building changes as you move around it. From one direction, it can feel quite solid, yet from another it feels incredibly open.” The use of precast concrete panels helped achieve this aesthetic goal. Zaudke’s team chose precast concrete because of its high strength and the ability to create the desired long spans and narrow edges in a manner that other materials could not. “We were also able to utilize precast concrete as the primary system for the façade without the need for a backup system that other façade solutions would have required,” Zaudke explains. This solution made it possible to achieve a façade that can resist hurricane-force winds but has a “leaf-like thinness.”

A DELICATE LOOK PLUS HURRICANE RESISTANCE The student center has a unique appearance, which, like a chameleon, changes as the light changes. This design was not originally created with precast concrete in mind. The designer began with a metal panel concept, but converted their plan to use architectural precast concrete to achieve cost and durability benefits. However, he wanted to keep the metallic look originally envisioned. The precaster achieved this aesthetic effect through the use of polished precast concrete panels with a thin profile. Coordination meetings were held between the contractor, design team, and precaster throughout the project, and three-dimensional models were used to perfect the design. The façade features polished panels with extremely angled fins and mirrored glazing between for the auditorium and the main building with spandrels over the connecting areas. The finned panels had to be perfectly coordinated to support highly complex window openings, which feature three pieces of glass and six precast concrete pieces. The window openings, which are intended to look like gills, are central to the building’s distinctive appearance and emphasize the internal use of palm fronds to diffuse light in the environment. After conducting shade studies, Zaudke was able to create a design that draws natural light into the building, which limits the buildup of native heat and helps to keep ambient temperatures cool. All panels were placed monolithically, which allowed the precaster to rotate the panels without damage while leaving room for the glazing to fit within the narrow sections. Despite the complex design, the façade was highly modularized, greatly simplifying construction and installation, Zaudke says. “Rather than stick-framing each of the undulations, the façade was hung in a series of panels.” The result is an almost exotic structure, which sits at the entrance to this global university and welcomes students from around the world.

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Florida International University–Modesto Maidique Campus, Miami, Fla.


Gate Precast Company, Kissimmee, Fla.


J & M Structural Engineers LLC, Kissimmee, Fla.


Gould Evans, Kansas City, Mo.


Walter P Moore & Associates, Tampa, Fla.


Balfour Beatty Construction, Plantation, Fla.


Specialty Concrete Services, Umatilla, Fla.


$22 million


75,000 ft2

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BEST MULTI-FAMILY BUILDING AND ALL– PRECAST CONCRETE SOLUTION AWARD HONORABLE MENTION Key Project Attributes ❚ Precast concrete panels were cast over the winter and erected in the spring, accelerating construction. ❚ The use of precast concrete helped the buildings earn Energy Star and Enterprise Green Communities certifications. ❚ Highly insulated walls, windows, and roofs deliver energy efficiency, noise reduction, and a durable, low-maintenance design.

Project and PrecasT Concrete Scope ❚ Design and construction of 13 three-story apartment buildings with 72 units. ❚ The all–precast concrete design included insulated exterior walls panels, interior bearing/demising walls, floors, and roofs. ❚ Precast concrete construction was completed in five months.

“The client loves the vibrant colors we were able to achieve with the precast concrete surface. It’s a high-quality design that expresses the client’s commitment to the neighborhood.” — Hope Dinsmore, Landon Bone Baker Architects

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Landon Bone Baker Architects has worked on several housing projects with Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, Ill. Over time, these architects have come to understand the design approach that best meets the needs of the community and the client’s budget. “We are trying to create a substantial presence in the neighborhood by building out vacant lots,” says Hope Dinsmore, senior project architect. The most recent project in this series was the Nelson Mandela apartments: 72 residential units in 13 three-story buildings on eight previously vacant, city-owned lots and five privately owned parcels. The combination of three- and six-unit structures is part of a scattered-site, infill, affordable housing development. “Precast concrete was suggested early on by the general contractor,” Dinsmore says. Whereas past projects used precast concrete exterior walls and stick-built floors and interior bearing, the team went with a 100% precast concrete design for this project. “We’ve used precast concrete on other projects in the neighborhood, and we liked the speed of erection, especially with the high cost of labor in the city,” Dinsmore says. Easy upkeep, durability, and improved sound performance were added benefits.

KEEP THE NOISE DOWN! The design solution includes precast concrete floors that deliver excellent sound mitigation, as well as a thermal envelope featuring highly insulated walls, windows, and roofs for energy efficiency, which should help lower utility bills. “The owner put a lot of emphasis on insulation and air sealing,” Dinsmore explains. “That is simple to achieve with a precast concrete system.” The use of precast concrete also minimized disruption to nearby neighbors and mitigated the risk of damage to adjacent buildings during construction. “In neighborhoods with older buildings, you have to be sure you are creating foundations in a safe way,” Dinsmore notes. To ensure that the buildings suited the welcoming feel of the neighborhood, the designers used a natural textured finish on the façades. Overlapping infill panels of red, green, and gray offer an inviting, colorful appearance, breaking up the scale of the buildings and giving a sense of depth to the design, Dinsmore says. Native plants and permeable pavers add to the aesthetic appeal of the project while providing a natural solution for handling water from storms. Dinsmore reports that her team and the client are very happy with the results. “It is cool to see how precast concrete design decisions translate so directly to the facility,” she says. “The details come across exactly as we envisioned them.”

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Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, Chicago, Ill.



Landon Bone Baker Architects, Chicago, Ill.


Carsello Engineering, Naperville, Ill.



Eriksson Engineering Associates, Chicago, Ill.


Linn-Mathes, Inc., Chicago, Ill.


$21.26 million

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BEST MIXED-USE BUILDING Key Project Attributes ❚ Modular 3-ft-wide panels wrap the exterior of the building. ❚ The pronounced diamond pattern connects to the Sporting Kansas City’s established branding. ❚ “Rock striations” in the panel design tie to the local geography.

Project and PrecasT Concrete Scope ❚ Create a custom precast concrete façade for a new training facility. ❚ The project included 156 pieces of noninsulated architectural precast concrete cladding. ❚ The panels are 7.5 to 9.5 in. thick, plus the projection.

“The diamond pattern in the façade ties in with Sporting Kansas City’s imagery and reinforces the team’s brand in a powerful, effective, and visually striking way.” — Dirk McClure, Enterprise Precast Concrete

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Pinnacle National Development Center represents a groundbreaking collaboration between a professional sports team, a national sports federation, and a first-class sports medicine provider. The new, 81,000 ft2 training center for the professional soccer club Sporting Kansas City also provides a permanent facility for training U.S. Soccer coaches and referees, and is home to the Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Center, which provides a full range of sports medicine services, resources, and programming for student athletes in all sports. The project was intended to provide training for athletes from across the United States while conveying a distinctive sense of place that would invite each visitor to feel like a part of the local environment, says Dirk McClure, director of business development for Enterprise Precast Concrete. The sand-colored precast concrete façade with three-dimensional patterning helped to make that happen. “Through the use of modular, repetitive formliners, the custom design pattern makes a statement, and this one-of-a-kind design solely belongs to the new home of this team,” McClure says.

READY FOR THE NATIONAL STAGE Precast concrete was not the initial choice for this project, McClure notes. When they designed the building, the architects wanted to use depth, color, and textural variation to express “the movement of the body and the ball,” he says. The design team explored multiple exterior-cladding options, such as fiber-reinforced concrete or fiber-cement panels. But after multiple design iterations and cost estimates for these options, team members determined that they needed another option to stay within budget. “Solid architectural precast concrete panels were the next logical step,” says McClure. The primary design element is the pronounced diamond pattern cast into the precast concrete wall panels. The look was chosen after an extensive mock-up process, in which the precast concrete team filmed a panel for a full day to learn how sun and shadows affected the protrusions in the precast concrete panel design. “Everyone loved it,” McClure says. An acid-etched finish was also used in the entryway of the building for a modern design sensibility, and a sandblasted finish at the field level integrates the design with the landscape. A rain-screen system featuring a wood veneer was added as further complement to the precast concrete panels. Along with delivering the desired visual effect, the use of precast concrete helped the project stay on schedule and budget. As winter approached, “precast concrete contributed to a fast-track delivery method with quick erection times,” McClure explains. Also, precast concrete “offered a cost-effective exterior design solution,” he says. The versatility of precast concrete helped to meet the client’s ultimate goal of creating a unique building whose design feels local to the area but can also stand out on the national stage. “With a client as passionate and involved as the design team was, this facility successfully came to life as a world-class training facility and exceeded all expectations,” McClure says.

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Populous, Kansas City, Mo.


Walter P Moore, Kansas City, Mo.


Turner Construction, Kansas City, Mo.


$75 million


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BEST ALL–PRECAST CONCRETE PARKING STRUCTURE Key Project Attributes ❚ Thin–brick elements were cut and cast into precast concrete pieces to mimic other architecture on campus. ❚ The spandrels are supported on the exterior face of the perimeter columns, with brick-clad column covers provided above and below the spandrels. ❚ An access road was constructed to accommodate the delivery of precast concrete to the site, and it has since become a part of the campus ring road system.

Project and PrecasT Concrete Scope ❚ Design and construct an all–precast concrete seven-story parking structure. ❚ The project included 329 pieces of architectural precast concrete and 1028 pieces of structural precast concrete. ❚ Erection was completed in three and a half months.

“Precast concrete’s just-intime delivery with off-campus staging allowed us to maintain a very compact project site and maximize available space for parking and other activities in area surrounding the project.” — Rob McConnell, Eley Guild Hardy Architects

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Limited space, a sloped project site, and a very tight schedule were just a few of the challenges that designers faced when building the new parking structure for the University of Mississippi. The seven-story structure sits in the heart of a campus built in the 19th century, so the design had to be practical and durable without overwhelming the existing architectural fabric. The designers knew that an all–precast concrete solution would help them address all of these issues. “An all–precast concrete design simplified construction, reduced costs, and compressed the schedule versus options with traditional masonry or other applied façade material,” says Rob McConnell, vice president of parking solutions for Eley Guild Hardy Architects. It also helped the design team replicate the local architectural feel with a more modern and durable solution.

HILLSIDE PARKING With an area of 464,000 ft2, the parking structure is significantly larger than the surrounding student housing, says Jim Eley of Eley Guild Hardy Architects. Therefore, the design “required careful detailing to blend in with adjacent buildings.” To lessen the structure’s bulk while still delivering enough parking spaces to meet demand, the designers built the structure into the side of a 30-ft-high hill, which visually reduced the structure’s height to just four levels on one side. The structure is built on a deep foundation of cast-in-place piles and pile caps that support the earth-retaining walls as well as the precast concrete superstructure. The precast concrete detailing permitted superstructure erection to proceed with a nominal 2-in. gap between the precast concrete and the adjacent walls in place. “Having the earth retention separated from the superstructure allowed the precast concrete connections to be standard, economical anchor bolts and bars/grout splice sleeves,” says Clay Hudson of Gate Precast Company. The designers employed long-span, prestressed concrete double tees; located shear walls to the exterior plane; and provided large openings in both the shear walls and light walls to maximize openness and visibility, while providing natural light and ventilation. “Despite the presence of solid retaining walls at the lowest levels, openness was maintained at all levels,” Eley says. To emulate the architectural stone found elsewhere on campus, the designers chose thin-set brick and integrally colored concrete panels for the façade, with precast concrete brick column covers and spandrels. Aesthetically, the new structure “fits in very well with many of the older buildings that have a long history on the University of Mississippi campus,” Hudson says. The all–precast concrete design also helped the project team meet the tight construction schedule. The precast concrete structure was erected in just three and a half months and completed before students arrived for the new school year. The resulting structure provides much-needed parking on the busy college campus, McConnell says. “Bottom line: Precast concrete allowed for an economical, efficient, functional, and aesthetically pleasing building.”

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The University of Mississippi, University, Miss.

PCI-CERTIFIED PRECAST CONCRETE PRODUCER: Gate Precast Company, Monroeville, Ala.

PRECAST CONCRETE SPECIALTY ENGINEER: Midwest Structure Engineering, West Allis, Wis.


Eley Guild Hardy Architects, Jackson, Miss.


Carl Walker, a division of WGI, Charlotte, N.C.


BL Harbert International, Birmingham, Ala.


Precast Erectors, Inc. Hurst, Tex.


$29.5 million

Photos: Carl Walker, a division of WGI.


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Key Project Attributes ❚ Precast concrete “clapboard” design delivers a durable structure with country charm. ❚ Thick plastic inserts were used in formliners to achieve and maintain the clapboard-like design throughout production. ❚ The structure was sealed with an antigraffiti coating for added protection.

Project and PrecasT Concrete Scope ❚ Design and construction of a one-story chapel and spire. ❚ The precast concrete elements included 4310 ft2 of 8-in.-thick, solid load-bearing wall panels, and 924 ft2 of 8-in.-thick hollow-core slabs. ❚ Erection was completed in six days.

“The project achieved all the desired look and function requested. It definitely represents the history of the era and will be a memorial for generations to come.” — Eric Kurtz, Gage Brothers

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St. John’s Chapel in Columbia, S.D., is a one-story, 2200 ft2 structure that features a clean, white “clapboard” façade with stained glass windows and a steeple topped by a simple, lighted white cross. Visually, it resembles other community churches that have historically anchored small towns across the Midwest. However, unlike the stick-frame structures favored in the past, this chapel has a precast concrete façade that combines a classic look and feel with modern durability. The client, whose father had once been mayor of the town, wanted a sustainable design that would resemble a traditional 19th-century prairie church, but the chapel also had to be built to withstand South Dakota’s hot summers and snowy winters. The “need for durability and sustainability was the biggest challenges for the project,” says Eric Kurtz of Gage Brothers, the precaster for the project. The project team considered several design options and ultimately chose to use precast concrete to meet the aesthetic, durability, and low-maintenance requirements. “The architect recognized the inert properties that precast concrete was going to provide,” Kurtz says. “The formability allowed for the architectural exterior finish; formliners achieved the shape and texture for the ‘clapboard’ siding; and concrete ingredients provided the integral color that would achieve a no-maintenance exterior.”

DESIGNED FOR ETERNITY The exterior walls were made with precast concrete panels simulating wood clapboard lap siding, with metal stud framing on the interior. The precaster used a form to create highly defined, white “clapboard” siding. “The choice of white concrete makes maintenance of the exterior a nonissue,” Kurtz says. The production crew used the thickest plastic available within the form to replicate the clapboard look and ensure that the shape was maintained throughout production. The precaster also designed panels to work with the natural size of the liner to eliminate the need for splicing liners. “These were important aspects of the project as the precast concrete was used for both the structure and architectural exterior finish of the chapel,” explains Kurtz. The off-site production and speed of erection also contributed to the success of this project, Kurtz says. “The contractor took advantage of getting the structure up and enclosed quickly to allow completion of the interior work in an enclosed and tempered condition.” The result is a beautiful, modern-day chapel that is “built for eternity.”

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Gage Brothers, Sioux Falls, S.D.


Mekus Tanager, Greenville, S.C.


Albertson Engineering, Rapid City, S.D.


KyBurz Carlson Construction, Aberdeen, S.D.

PROJECT COST: $2 million

PROJECT SIZE: 2200 ft2

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Key Project Attributes ❚ Precast concrete provided an effective structural and finishing material that allowed for a schedule- and cost-sensitive approach to construction. ❚ Subtle 3-in. faceting of the panels creates an interplay of light and shadow that adds a sense of depth to the façade with minimal investment. ❚ A two-hour precast concrete firewall separates portions of the building.

Project and PrecasT Concrete Scope ❚ Design and construction a gym and pool buildings for a suburban high school. ❚ The gym project included 40 exterior faceted precast concrete panels and 12 single-story exterior ribbed precast concrete panels. ❚ The pool project used 15 exterior faceted precast concrete panels, 10 interior precast concrete firewall panels, and 8 precast concrete columns. ❚ The buildings were erected separately during the winter, and each erection was completed in less than one month.

“The simple manipulation of the exterior creates an evolving façade that can change throughout the day/season, which creates a really dynamic building.”


HIGHLAND PARK, ILL. The leaders of Highland Park High School outside of Chicago, Ill., knew they needed to replace the aging gymnasium and pool building, but the school had a limited budget and tight schedule to get the job done. The designers considered multiple design options for the exterior enclosure and load-bearing structure, including load-bearing masonry and structural steel, but they chose precast concrete after extensive cost-benefit and schedule analyses. “The need for an integrated structural and architectural system that was quick to erect and sensitive to the existing buildings and surrounding area led us to precast concrete,” says Michael Dolter, senior project architect for Perkins+Will. “It simplified the construction process, allowing construction to meet the delivery goals and the project budget.”

SUN AND SHADOW The original 1914 gymnasiums and the existing pool were demolished, with the new structures built toward the back of the existing lot, adjacent to other physical education facilities. “Using precast concrete, we created a direct connection with other buildings on campus, both through formal design and material choice,” Dolter says. The resulting design helps “a disparate campus to knit together in a more cohesive manner,” he adds. The project was erected in two phases, with the gymnasium and pool separately erected and opened for operation. Both buildings were erected over the winter in a matter of weeks, ensuring minimal disruption for the operating campus. “The speed of construction and the ability to simplify the construction process were important,” Dolter explains. To ensure that the building designs fit within the campus and neighborhood, the designers created a sculptural façade that engages light and shadow through simple manipulation of the surfaces. To add depth to the relatively flat panels, a variety of textures were used, including ribbing and faceting that lend drama to the appearance of the walls. The subtle, 3-in. faceting causes shifts in light and shadow throughout the day, an attractive effect that required minimal investment. “The detailing and finish of the precast concrete helped lower the scale of the building and added detail to what might otherwise have been an ordinary shell,” Dolter says. He notes that the owner and the community were adamant that the project meet budget and schedule goals—and precast concrete made it happen. “The design and construction team were able to use precast concrete and other construction methods to turn around a large-scale construction project ahead of time and under budget.”

— Michael Dolter, Perkins+Will

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Township High School District 113, Highland Park, Ill.


Lombard Architectural Precast Products Company, Alsip, Ill.


Perkins+Will, Chicago, Ill.


CE Anderson & Associates, Chicago, Ill.


Gilbane Building Company, Chicago, Ill.


Continental Erectors, LLC LaSalle, Ill.


$89 million


160,000 ft2 of new construction; 260,000 ft2 of renovation

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BEST STADIUM AND ARENA Key Project Attributes ❚ A massive, two-phased stadium redesign project was completed in 26 months without affecting game play at the stadium. ❚ More than 24,000 fans offered feedback that shaped the design and amenities in this $485 million project. ❚ When the stadium was completed in the fall of 2015, it represented the most extensive redevelopment of a collegiate athletic facility in history.

Project and PrecasT Concrete Scope ❚ Completely redesign a college football stadium to accommodate 102,733 attendees. ❚ The project included 2450 flat slabs and 2487 architectural pieces. ❚ Construction was completed in 26 months, in time for the 2015 football season.

“The design embraces tradition, unifies the campus experience, and communicates a powerful brand story.” — Craig Kaufman, Populous

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COLLEGE STATION, TEX. The 2015 renovation of Texas A&M University’s Kyle Field was at that time the largest ever collegiate sports project in the United States. The $485 million, 26-month redevelopment project included completely rebuilding the college stadium in two phases to expand capacity to 102,733 seats, making the stadium one of the five largest in collegiate football. “Most large projects come with a series of challenges,” says Craig Kaufman, principal at Populous, the architect for the project. “For Kyle Field, budget and schedule were at the top of the list.” Populous and Manhattan-Vaughn JV (the construction team) were challenged to find creative ways to reduce cost and risk over the project’s 26-month timeline, which covered two active football seasons. According to project requirements, the renovation was not allowed to affect the team’s ability to play games in the stadium, which meant site congestion and traffic had to be kept at a minimum.

FAN FEEDBACK Along with meeting deadlines, the owners wanted to be sure the design reflected the expectations of the fans. The feedback of more than 24,000 fans shaped the design of the stadium and selection of amenities, including the 12 founder’s suites, 116 other suites, numerous high-end private clubs, and three different-sized loge boxes that provide a unique game-day viewing environment for everyone. To achieve the classic red-brick façade design, brick was cut and set into precast concrete panels that were brought to the site and erected. The architectural precaster worked with the brick manufacturer early in the process, which provided a competitive advantage that allowed the precaster to produce slightly ahead of the schedule requirement. Kaufman notes that the structural precast concrete seating sections were prefabricated during the football season and delivered to the site for installation as soon as the whistle blew at the last game of the season. “If this renovation had occurred 100 years ago, it would have been all cast-inplace and hand-laid brick,” Kaufman notes. That approach would have roughly doubled the construction schedule and labor costs, and it would have filled the project site with workers, trucks, and extensive noise. By using precast concrete, the project team was able to stay on budget and schedule, and the field stayed in operation throughout construction with minimal disruption. “Precast concrete seating and exterior components were the most cost-efficient, durable, and aesthetically pleasing products on the market,” Kauffman says. Precast concrete was, therefore, “a perfect match for our design objectives.”

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Texas A&M University, College Station, Tex.


Enterprise Precast Concrete, Corsicana, Tex. Heldenfels Enterprises, Inc., San Marcos, Tex.


Consulting Engineers Group (CEG), San Antonio, Tex.


Populous, Kansas City, Mo.

ENGINEER OF RECORD: Walter P Moore, Houston, Tex.


Manhattan Vaughn JV, Dallas, Tex.

PCI-CERTIFIED ERECTOR: Precast Services, Twinsburg, Ohio Photos: Christy Radecic Photography.

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Key Project Attributes ❚ The lake-facing precast concrete wall resembles a wave through a design that tapers and slopes in two planes simultaneously. ❚ A special connection using galvanized column shoes and epoxy-coated splice sleeves was developed for the project. ❚ Shoes were secured to the cast-in-place knee wall with anchor bolts, eliminating the need for bracing.

Project and PrecasT Concrete Scope ❚ Design-build precast concrete coastal wall that can withstand waves and ice rubble on the shore of Lake Michigan. ❚ The project included 109 segments that were 5 ft wide and warranged in two planes to replicate the appearance of a wave. ❚ The splice sleeves are the main structural connection to withstand wave loads.

“The coastal wall is an artful play of rolling curves in section and in plan, evoking thoughts of a cresting wave while seamlessly blending in with the beach-front environment.” — Patrick Brawley, SmithGroup

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Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan. Visually, the shoreline is the perfect spot for the new Ryan Fieldhouse & Walter Athletics Center, offering students and visitors panoramic views of the Great Lake. However, exposure to waves at the waterside location posed a fundamental problem for the structure. This challenge led architects to using precast concrete for the water-facing wall, says Patrick Brawley at SmithGroup JJR, the engineer of record. “The precast concrete wall needed to account for coastal wave loads and ice-rubble mounds, all while providing an aesthetic that embraced the beach and sand dune environment,” he explains. With the unique setting, tight project sequence, and regulations that limit construction activities adjacent to the lake, precast concrete was the ideal solution, says Tom Heraty, vice president of sales and engineering for Utility Concrete Products. The material must be strong enough to stop damage to the building’s foundation from the horizontal force of waves, and the structure has to shield pedestrians passing along the front of the building on a multiuse path. “This wall protects the crown jewel of Northwestern’s athletic facilities against constant waves battering it for life,” Heraty says. “No compromises in durability were acceptable.”

LAKESIDE SCULPTURE The project’s design mirrors the naturally curved layout of the beach, with a rolled face and varying elevations in height. To protect the structures against the crashing waves and freeze-thaw environment, precise placement of epoxy reinforcement, embedded stainless-steel angles, and hot-dipped galvanized/epoxy connectors was critical. To ensure durability and a consistent surface for the structure, the architect required no mechanical connections or lifting points in the lakeside exposure wall. UCP addressed this challenge by using hidden splice sleeves on the beach-side erection. The sleeve is grouted through polyvinyl chloride ports that extend from the sleeve to the exterior face of the precast concrete wall. The use of precast concrete also helped to keep the jobsite accessible because fabrication occurred off-site and deliveries only took place when the segments were ready to be installed. “The constraints associated with typical cast-in-place construction were alleviated, which allowed for an increase in site access and productivity,” Brawley says. The precast concrete wall is more than just a practical structure for this campus, Brawley adds. “The owners and community will see an acid-etched, integrally colored, extremely functional sculpture along the lakefront that artfully connects the beach and dune environment.”

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Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.


Utility Concrete Products LLC, Morris, Ill.

PRECAST CONCRETE SPECIALTY ENGINEER: Larson Engineering, Naperville, Ill.


Perkins+Will, Chicago, Ill.


SmithGroup, Chicago, Ill.


Walsh Barton Malow JV III, Chicago, Ill.

PROJECT COST: $270 million

PROJECT SIZE: 13,300 ft2

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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 links directly to the hospital’s existing surgical and imaging areas. As part of the broader master plan, the client and the architect agreed that the design for the Joint & Spine Center needed to reflect the historical red-brick vernacular of the other campus buildings, but 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 could be met with a precast concrete design. Photo: High Concrete Group LLC and Tom Rossiter.

Key Project Attributes ❚ Precast concrete cladding provides a watertight building envelope. ❚ The modular brick veneer was applied using a rubber form liner in a raked pattern, with contrasting panels designed to look like limestone, using a medium acid-etched finish. ❚ The project achieved LEED Silver certification.

Project and PrecasT Concrete Scope ❚ Design a seven-story precast concrete brick and cladding faÇade for an expansion to the Christ Hospital Network in Cincinnati, Ohio. ❚ The project features 142,000 ft2 of architectural precast concrete cladding, including spandrels, column covers, and returns. ❚ The 960 precast concrete pieces range from 6 to 22 in. in thickness.

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LIGHT THE LANTERNS For the exterior of the new center, the designers used precast concrete panels with a thin-brick veneer to rapidly and cost-effectively achieve the desired red-brick design. The modular brick veneer surrounds large, open windows that fill the building with natural light, supporting the building’s sustainable goals and inspiring well-being in visitors to the center. The massing incorporates a projected precast concrete “lantern” element with a limestone appearance at the main entrance, which provides contrast to the brick veneer and further reflects the campus’s historic cupolas. Acid etching was used to complement the modular brick and windows and as a surround for the lantern element, further connecting the building with the campus’s master plan. Internally, the building features a cast-in-place structure on the first two floors and steel frame on the four stories above; however, the precast concrete fabricator was able to upsize the panel design on the OWNER: exterior to decrease the number of panel joints and The Christ Hospital Health Network, Cincinnati, Ohio optimize their location. This technique reduced the PCI-CERTIFIED PRECAST number of crane picks and caulked joints and expeCONCRETE PRODUCER: dited the precast production schedule. High Concrete Group, The precast concrete design also delivered inSpringboro, Ohio creased efficiency to site logistics, which was imARCHITECT AND portant because the new structure was erected ENGINEER OF RECORD: with an active traffic lane along one side, limiting Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago, Ill. the amount of construction to only two sides of GENERAL CONTRACTOR: the site at any given time. Messer Construction Company, The final result underscores how precast conCincinnati, Ohio crete construction delivers multiple scheduling, PROJECT COST: $280 million budgeting, and performance benefits without sacrificing architectural vision, especially if supported PROJECT SIZE: 381,000 ft2 by a comprehensive communications and process control plan.

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The FLOOD project in Omaha, Neb., is a novel example of how precast concrete can be used to transform a community space. The developers took an empty, early-20th-century building and transformed it with an architectural and art installation using precast concrete to educate the community about design, art, architecture, and manufacturing. Unlike permanent museum buildings, which can require massive budgets to build and maintain, this project used the existing urban infrastructure to create a temporary exhibition space. Then, the designers brought in innovative ultra-thin precast concrete panels to serves as the canvas for urban industrial art.

PRECAST CONCRETE AS ART Six ultra-thin, 12-ft-wide precast concrete panels were custom designed to meet the needs of this project. Each panels is just 1½ in. thick and weighs approximately 2000 lb—which is roughly one-third lighter than traditional architectural precast concrete panels. However, the precaster was able to deliver comparable levels of strength, durability, and crack resistance through the use of a 5000-psi concrete mix and prestressed, corrosion-resistant stainless-steel wire cables spaced 4 in. apart throughout the panel interiors. A steel erector on a boom was used to load the main-level panels through a storefront window and into the upper level via a fire escape exit door. Once the panels were in the building, the design team established a ½-in.-thick steel plate frame around the border of each panel and applied black waterproofing by OWNER: hand as the art to the canvas. After applying the Standard Development, waterproofing, the team dragged a 10-ft-wide steel Omaha, Neb. plate along the top of the frame on each panel in PCI-CERTIFIED PRECAST CONCRETE PRODUCER AND one move, creating a unique finished texture for ENGINEER OF RECORD: each panel. Enterprise Precast Concrete, Omaha, Neb. When the waterproofing had cured, the tion team used simple rigging equipment to hoist ARCHITECT AND the panels into position and supported them from GENERAL CONTRACTOR: ⅜-in.-diameter cable loops attached to steel Mike Nesbit Studio, Los Angeles, Calif. beams between the existing cast-in-place concrete PCI-CERTIFIED ERECTOR: columns. The result is a remarkable and sublime Patriot Steel Erection, installation that appears to float in air within the Omaha, Neb. original, raw cast-in-place concrete structure of PROJECT COST: $35,000 this historic building.


Photo: Dan Schwalm.

Key Project Attributes ❚ Ultra-thin (1½-in.-thick) precast concrete panels weigh one-third less than conventional panels with the same durability. ❚ To add strength and reduce risk of cracking, 5000-psi concrete and 3/16-in.-diameter prestressed, corrosion-resistant stainless-steel wire cables were used throughout the precast concrete panel interiors. ❚ Panels were suspended using ⅜-in.-diameter cable loops attached to steel beams, so the panels appear to float.

Project and PrecasT Concrete Scope ❚ Construct a series of large, concrete “floating” canvases for a temporary industrial art exhibition. ❚ Project included six ultra-thin precast concrete panels weighing roughly 2000 lb each. ❚ Precast concrete erection was completed in one day.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIF. The new USC Village sits in the heart of southern California, but it resembles an ivy-covered New England university. The five-story, Oxford-inspired project is a multiple building complex designed and built in classic collegiate Gothic architectural style to create a sense of stability and permanence in the community. The designers took advantage of the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of architectural precast concrete to incorporate many facets and intricate details, including extensive use of thin brick set in precast concrete panels and light, sandblasted precast concrete to achieve the stone-look details in the arches and tracery. More than 1.5 million bricks were hand-placed into elastomeric liners, which were made to capture the individual bricks in highly controlled random patterns.

Photo: USC Photo/Gus Ruelas.

Key Project Attributes ❚ Three thousand separate precast concrete pieces were cast into 1050 panels to accelerate erection and cut costs. ❚ Interiors could be constructed much sooner than would have been possible with a traditional brick-and-mortar construction method. ❚ Use of waxed bricks prevented concrete from getting on the face during the placement process.

Project and PrecasT Concrete Scope ❚ The project included 1,020 thin-brick wall panels (10 by 30 ft) with over 2000 inset pieces. ❚ The separate window surrounds, cornices, medallions, and other design elements ranged in size from 1 ft2 to 8 by 5 ft. ❚ The entire project was completed in three years, in time for the 2017 fall semester.

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MANY PIECES, ONE PANEL The use of precast concrete helped the project team meet the extremely tight schedule and fulfill the owner’s desire to minimize the impact of construction on the project site. Along with casting the pieces off-site, the precaster developed a way to place the multiple elements ahead of time and incorporate them into a single panel to further expedite progress. OWNER: The project included 3000 case pieces; however, Capital Construction Development, they were combined at the plant into 1050 wall Los Angeles, Calif. panels with multiple smaller elements, such as PCI-CERTIFIED PRECAST CONCRETE separate tracery window surrounds, cornices, and PRODUCER AND PRECAST CONCRETE SPECIALTY ENGINEER: medallions, inset into larger forms. This strategy Coreslab Structures (L.A.), enabled the team to ship finished panels to the Perris, Calif. site with all of the key design features already inARCHITECT: corporated, rather than having to erect those feaHED, Los Angeles, Calif. tures separately in the field. Reinforcing bar and ENGINEER OF RECORD: other anchors extending from the previously cast KPFF, Los Angeles, Calif. pieces were tied to the panel cages to ensure accuGENERAL CONTRACTOR: rate final positioning before concrete placement. Hathaway Dinwiddie, Los Angeles, Calif. This innovative solution significantly reduced both PROJECT COST: erection time and costs. Overall, the decision to $900 million use precast concrete on this project allowed the PROJECT SIZE: architect to incorporate intricate and nuanced 1.2 million ft2 design details, while providing resilient structures that will last for decades.

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The new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Temple in Tucson, Ariz., stands as a welcoming beacon against the surrounding landscape. The designers selected precast concrete at the outset of the project because they knew it would allow them to accommodate many of the design and construction goals within the budget. The temple is one-story building, but the architect wanted the appearance of a taller, more substantial structure. They also envisioned an Art Deco design featuring subtle stepping and textural elements, which they knew they could achieve using precast concrete.

STEPPING BACK The final design of the cladding used formed precast concrete panels with Art Deco “stepping-back” detailing that gives the building a sense of height. Ornamentation recessed into the precast concrete panels includes interlocking circles and subtle reference to desert cacti. A deep, three-dimensional (3-D) OWNER: The Church of Jesus Christ raking pattern in the frieze portion of the horiof Latter-day Saints, zontal moldings and bands adds further detail to Salt Lake City, Utah the façade. PCI-CERTIFIED PRECAST CONCRETE PRODUCER: The complex details in the cladding façade Gate Precast Company, contribute to a soaring, elegant structure with a Hillsboro, Tex. dynamic appearance that shifts as the desert sun PRECAST CONCRETE casts shadows throughout the day. Elements exSPECIALTY ENGINEER: pressed in wood and stone on the interior of the Stehler Structural Engineering, St. Paul, Minn. temple are also mimicked on the exterior using precast concrete and art glass. ARCHITECT: FFKR Architects, Along with delivering the desired design, the Salt Lake City, Utah architect’s choice of precast concrete helped ENGINEER OF RECORD: accommodate the tight construction schedule. ARW Engineers, Ogden, Utah The precast concrete company joined the project GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Big-D Construction, early in the design phase, and the precaster was Salt Lake City, Utah able to use the 3-D model to profile the front and PROJECT SIZE: backside of the panels, which saved time in the 2 38,216 ft shop-drawing phase and expedited the overall construction schedule.

Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Key Project Attributes ❚ A stepping-back design gives the structure a sense of rising and height. ❚ A raking pattern in the frieze and ornamental designs recessed into the precast concrete cladding generate shifting shadows throughout the day. ❚ Interlocking circles and abstract cacti imagery tie the design to the Arizona landscape.

Project and PrecasT Concrete Scope ❚ Create a precast concrete cladding faÇade for a one-story religious temple. ❚ The project included 213 precast concrete panels. ❚ Precast concrete erection was completed in six months.



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When Health Partners healthcare facility signed a new lease for its corporate headquarters in Bloomington, Minn., the extension allowed for significant upgrades, including a new, eight-level, all–precast concrete parking structure. The new ramp includes 1666 parking stalls to serve more than 2500 healthcare employees who work on the campus, giving them an easier, safer, and more accessible parking solution. The new structure dramatically expands future growth opportunities for the mixed-use development, while shortening the distance employees have to walk from their cars. It also allows site owners to develop acres of impervious surface parking in the future. Precast concrete quickly emerged as the material of choice to meet the cost, schedule, durability, and expandability goals for the ramp. Photo: Wells Concrete.

Key Project Attributes ❚ Interior load-bearing light walls are used on the exterior to add visual appeal and support future expansion. ❚ Reinforced concrete haunches were incorporated on both sides of the light wall so exposed bearing plates could be avoided. ❚ Insulated precast concrete sandwich panels allow the elevator tower to be enclosed and tempered while maintaining consistency with the rest of the open-air ramp.

Project and PrecasT Concrete Scope ❚ Build an all–precast concrete, eight-story parking structure with opportunity for future expansion. ❚ Precast concrete elements included 2004 precast concrete pieces. ❚ Erection was completed in less than three months.

PURPOSEFUL DESIGN From the early stages of design, the precast concrete fabricator, contractor, architect, structural engineer, and parking planners worked together to fashion a design that efficiently met the performance and design goals for the project. The efficiency of a simple box was embraced in conceptual design, and the team found an opportunity for variation and relief in the detailing of the panels. Sandblasted, acid-etched, and honed corbel finishes provide color and texture, while simple, framed relief in the casting beds adds reveals that cause light and shadow to shift throughout the day. The arrangement of panels with different finishes within the faÇades lends a purposefulness to the design, helping the structure to mesh with the overall campus development OWNER: and meld into the background despite its size. To McGough Development, inject further design appeal into the project withSt. Paul, Minn. out overshadowing neighboring structures, the PCI-CERTIFIED PRECAST CONCRETE PRODUCER: design team added a “light wall” component to Wells Concrete, Maple the exterior that provides a vertical expression of Grove, Minn. interlocking white corbels and contrasts with the shades of grey in the horizontal panels. These verARCHITECT: BWBR Architects, tical elements also cover the sloping ramp floors, St. Paul, Minn. giving the exterior appearance a simple interplay ENGINEER OF RECORD AND PRECAST of vertical and horizontal lines. The resulting deCONCRETE SPECIALTY ENGINEER: Ericksen Roed & Associates, sign delivers a flexible, low-maintenance solution St. Paul, Minn. that can be expanded to accommodate future GENERAL CONTRACTOR: growth, while blending easily with the existing McGough Construction, St. Paul, Minn. infrastructure.

PROJECT COST: $25 million


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BY MARTY MCINTYRE, PCI FOUNDATION The faculty at University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson had the opportunity to propose a precast studio for their campus. They saw it as the perfect opportunity for the Department of Civil Engineering and the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture to work together on an integrated program. The timing was perfect, as the school was enrolling students into its new architectural engineering program who could “grow up” with the precast concrete program.

The PCI Foundation program at UA will be one of the first to eventually offer courses across several departments with multiple faculty working together on buildings, bridges, and other precast concrete structures. The program will prepare students to either work in the precast concrete industry or design structures for a variety of other industries using precast/prestressed concrete products wisely and efficiently.

Students from University of Arizona visit Coreslab as part of their PCI Foundation program. Photo: University of Arizona.

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Before this program, all of the school’s precast concrete work was housed in the school of engineering, where professor Robert Fleischman has conducted precast concrete research. “About nine months before I found out about the PCI studio, [the architecture and engineering schools] got together to work on launching a new architectural engineering program,” says Fleischman. “That group is matriculating right now. The nice thing is, I am one of the three faculty members who are crafting the architecture engineering curriculum and its initiatives, so I’m in great position to make some impact with precast there.” “The architectural engineering programs will be a nice fit for our curriculum development grants in many ways,” says Jim Voss, chairman of the PCI Foundation. “The programs bring together much of what the precast industry is trying to promote with design-assist and considering precast concrete as a total system.”

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Taking students out of the classroom and getting them to the precast concrete plant for experiential learning is one of the highlights of the University of Arizona program. Photo: University of Arizona.

Familiarity with Precast Concrete

Starting with Seminar Series

The school wanted to ensure that it was not just moving students from architecture and engineering into the new program, but also gaining new students to study at the school. The first step was to ensure that faculty and staff would become familiar with precast concrete. “Other than my PhD students, who knew about precast because they were doing research with me, we did not have precast concrete in the curriculum at all,” says Fleischman. “We basically touched on it a little bit in a prestress class. The grant gives us a tremendous opportunity and we’ve been successful in our number-one goal in our first year: getting faculty and students aware of precast and start becoming precast knowledgeable.”

The first part of the program featured a seminar series involving a variety of precast concrete professionals, including producers, contractors, designers, suppliers, and researchers. The school plans to host four seminars each year, including local and national speakers to provide broad perspectives on precast concrete. The seminars are open to undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and local (ASCE Arizona section) professionals, and will be held jointly with CE 598 Graduate Seminar, ARCE 408A/B Design Studio, CE 435/535 Prestressed Concrete, and CE 484 Construction Materials & Methods. In addition to classroom time, students can learn more about precast concrete through competitions, including the National Concrete Canoe Competition and the PCI Engineering Student Design (Big Beam) Competition. Although the school has participated in the canoe competition before, Big Beam will be a first. The team found that there was a learning curve. “Our students designed a beam for the Big Beam Competition, and we decided not to compete last year because we started from zero,” says Fleischman. “But the students were great because they wanted to do it and they had the prestress concrete class. So, for an hour and a half every Tuesday, we put up the precast in a box. That was very helpful.”

Working with Precast Concrete Plants The school has been working with Coreslab Structures (ARIZ) to ensure that students have hands-on experiences and the ability to learn by doing. Coreslab’s Phil Richardson has been giving lectures and arranging plant tours. Students will also visit a variety of company plants and worksites to give a well-rounded view of the precast, prestressed concrete building and design industry. The UA PCI Studio field trip program will include precast concrete plant tours, construction site visits, specialty product supplier tours, and design consultant visits for structural/ architectural firms. In the other semester, field trips will be offered to other associated plants, suppliers, and architectural precast concrete firms. Field trips to local construction projects using precast concrete—buildings, parking structures, and stadiums— will be identified and scheduled on a case-by-case basis, using the Precast Industry Champion and local construction companies, such as Sundt, for information on their upcoming projects. Finally, field trips will be scheduled to local structural and architectural design firms using precast concrete.

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Internships are a Great Fit The last piece of the UA precast puzzle is to seek internships. Before this program, faculty and industry were not aware of any students from the school working in the industry. To date, at least two have been hired for internships that are worth credit at the school by Coreslab Structures, the industry champion for the project. ●

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THE VERSATILITY AND DURABILITY OF ARCIS PRECAST PANELS EnCon Colorado recently produced an ARCIS light-weight cladding precast system for a private data center project. The project features thin prestressed panels of a high-performance concrete mix, designed with architectural rainscreen features, at a fraction the weight of a traditional rainscreen. EnCon Colorado is one of five national producers of this patented product, and is the producer for all EnCon Companies ARCIS projects. The panels were selected to perform dually as the rainscreen façade and architectural heart of this select project. ARCIS was found as offering unique aesthetic characteristics, while creating a less robust precast structure, using sustainably green build elements, and reducing total project cost. Coordination between EnCon Colorado and Stresscon plants was essential as precast production was taking place concurrently almost 100 miles apart. The structural portion of the facility is composed of 413 panels of 12 in. think architectural insulated wall panels designed with 4 in. of poly iso insulation, achieving an R-value of 26. Of the total precast pieces, 220 pieces are architectural solid screen walls; half are 8 in. thick, and the other half are 6 in. thick. All structural precast products were cast at the Colorado Springs location, while the ARCIS panels were produced at the EnCon Colorado facility in Denver. Extensive communication and planning between EnCon teams was necessary to ensure project requirements were satisfied, and stringent standards met for all pieces included in these special structures. Coordination was vital in order for the erection and installation processes to flow smoothly as they encompassed two very different types of precast products. To begin production of this new technology, EnCon Colorado invested in ARCIS with the introduction of new casting beds, drop stands, individualized stressing tables and drums, new mixing equipment, special mix designs, R&D, and multiple tests with various components and material types to determine how to create the most robust ultra-thin, lightweight, prestressed precast rainscreen product possible. Once the process was set, EnCon

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Colorado began production to meet an aggressive timeline and construction schedule. ARCIS technology combines unprecedented thinness, aesthetic versatility, and the durability of precast concrete for both interior and exterior applications. ARCIS panels are custom manufactured from high performance concrete mixes with a bonded aerospace grade stainless steel prestressed reinforcement tendon grid. Each concrete mix design is specifically formulated for the project’s specifications, with strengths in excess of 5,000 psi at stripping in just 24 hours. ARCIS panels are customized to meet each individual project’s design requirements with exacting details following ASTM and PCI MNL 117 requirements. This project required two custom mix designs, crafted utilizing low water/cement ratios boosting panel density and durability. White and grey cements were utilized, and specialty aggregates

of black and gray tones were selected to help achieve both dark and light mixes. All panels had to coordinate with Stresscon’s structural precast elements. The 2-in.-thick ARCIS panels feature an acid etch finish exposing carefully selected integral aggregates for texture and architectural detail. The building features various panel sizes to incorporate consistent panel lines in the design pattern of the architectural skin. Of the projects 168,885 square feet of exterior wall area, 11% is composed of ARCIS panels.

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All ARCIS panels were produced on EnCon Colorado’s 9x14-ft. foot casting beds, allowing for maximized structural capacity. The ARCIS patent encompasses a panel design with prestressed braided cable members in both horizontal and vertical directions, following ACI 318 design and requirements. Reinforcement used in the panels is stainless steel pretensioned braided cable. These reinforcement cables are placed in groups of two, offset horizontally and spaced by design every 3 in. to 4 in. on center, providing continuous grid reinforcement and maximizing the amount of concrete in any cross-section throughout the panel. No other reinforcement is required, eliminating corrosion potential, rust, discoloring, and long-term moisture problems. The reinforcement is bonded and has a development length of approximately 2 in., allowing the panels to be cut-to-fit and modified with ease resulting in modularity for future needs and upgrades. Panel sizes for each project are governed by panel thickness, attachment system, and the method selected for handling the panels. Once installed, panels span vertically between J Channels and cantilever above and below each. For most high-rise applications, wind loading controls the design. ARCIS panels attach to the structure using a J-Channel bracket and connection points on the back of the panels using hot-dip galvanized metal fastening Z-clips attached to the pretensioned galvanized inserts. The inserts allow a Z-Clip to be bolted to the back with slots for vertical and horizontal alignment to preset the connection location, and to provide maximum flexibility for field installation. In most cases, either the top or bottom J-Channel can be the bearing member, with the other acting as a floating member. For this project, the use of additional connection points on the structure created a higher than normal design for wind load to meet the additional requirements of this facility. The lightweight ARCIS panel design allows for installation via smaller cranes and lifts, at nearly any radius, creating cost savings for the owner. The pieces in this project were all installed using a single forklift. In some instances, ARCIS panels can even be delivered and installed through the window openings in the project. The J-Channel method of attachment, along with preengineered pieces, allows for a fast, simple installation. The modular configuration also allows for great flexibility as the panels can be removed and replaced, door and window openings can be cut, and penetrations can be added in the field with conventional tools. The use of ARCIS pieces creates a wide range of design and flexibility functions that can be incorporated into any design environment, allowing designers to create and realize the fullest potential of precast concrete products. Utilizing this newly developed technology, we can now achieve with ARCIS panels the architectural look and durability of a traditional precast enclosure without the loss of design performance resulting from reduced mass. â–



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Architectural Precast Concrete Color and Texture Selection Guide, 2nd Edition (CTG-10) The “Architectural Precast Concrete—Color and Texture Selection Guide” has been reprinted with 12 new color and texture pages, plus identification pages with mixture designs. This includes nine new color pages with two new colors per page, two pages of new formliners, and one page of new clay brick-faced precast. The numbers in the guide have not been changed, so that there is no confusion between the old and the new versions. This is a visual guide to assist architects in the initial selection of color and texture for architectural precast concrete. Illustrating more than 500 colors and textures for enhancing the aesthetic quality of precast concrete panels, the guide is an extension of the information included in the architect-oriented Architectural Precast Concrete manual (MNL-122). Cements, pigments, coarse and fine aggregates, and texture or surface finish with various depths of exposure were considered in creating the 287 6.75- by 11-in. color plates, the majority of which display two finishes on the same sample. The materials used to produce the samples are identified in the back of the guide for handy reference. The three-ring binder has removable inserts.

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Visit for the most up-to-date listing of PCI-certified plants.

When it comes to quality, why take chances? When you need precast or precast, prestressed concrete products, choose a PCI-Certified Plant. You’ll get confirmed capability—a proven plant with a quality assurance program you can count on. Whatever your needs, working with a plant that is PCI-certified in the product groups it produces will benefit you and your project. • You’ll find easier identification of plants prepared to fulfill special needs. • You’ll deal with established producers—many certified for more than 30 years. • Using quality products, construction crews can get the job done right the first time, keeping labor costs down. • Quality products help construction proceed smoothly, expediting project completion.

Guide Specification To be sure that you are getting the full benefit of the PCI Plant Certification Program, use the following guide spec­ification for your next project: “Manufacturer Qualification: The precast concrete man­­ufacturing plant shall be certified by the Precast/Pre­­­­stres­sed Concrete In­stitute Plant Certification Program. Man­­ufacturer shall be certified at time of bidding. Certification shall be in the following product group(s) and category(ies): [Select appropriate groups and categor­ies (AT or A1), (B1,2,3, or 4), (C1,2,3, or 4), (G)].”

Product Groups and Categories


Wet-cast, nonprestressed products with a high standard of finish quality and of relatively small size that can be installed with equipment of limited capacity such as sills, lintels, coping, cornices, quoins, medallions, bollards, benches, planters, and pavers. C AT E G O RY A 1 – A RC H I T E C T U R A L C L A D D I N G A N D LOA D - B E A R I N G U N I T S

Precast or precast, prestressed concrete building elements such as exterior cladding, load-bearing and nonload-bearing wall panels, spandrels, beams, mullions, columns, column covers, and miscel­laneous shapes. This category includes Category AT.

> GROUP B – BRIDGES Please note for Group B, Category B1: Some precast concrete products such as highway median barriers, box culverts, and three-sided arches are not automatically included in routine plant audits. They may be included at the request of the precast concrete producer or if required by the project specifications. C AT E G O RY B 1 – P R E C AST C O N C R E T E B R I D G E P RO D U C T S

Mild-steel-reinforced precast con­crete elements that include some types of bridge beams or slabs, sheet piling, pile caps, retaining-wall elements, par­apet walls, sound barriers, and box culverts. C AT E G O RY B 2 – P R E ST R E S S E D M I S C E L L A N E O U S B R I D G E P RO D U C T S

Any precast, prestressed element excluding super-structure beams. Inclu­des piling, sheet piling, retain­ingwall elements, stay-in-place bridge deck panels, and products in Category B1. C AT E G O RY B 3 – P R E ST R E S S E D ST R A I G H T- ST R A N D B R I D G E M E M B E R S

Includes all superstructure elements such as box beams, I-beams, bulb tees, stemmed members, solid slabs, full-depth bridge deck slabs, and products in Categories B1 and B2. C AT E G O RY B 4 – P R E ST R E S S E D D E F L E C T E D - ST R A N D B R I D G E M E M B E R S

Includes all products covered in Categories B1, B2, and B3. G RO U P B A – B R I D G E P RO D U C T S W I T H A N A RC H I T E C T U R A L F I N I S H

These products are the same as those in the categories within Group B, but they are produced with an architectural finish. They will have a form, machine, or special finish. Certification for Group BA production supersedes Group B in the same category. For instance, a plant certified to produce products in Category B2A is also certified to produce products in Categories B1, B1A, and B2 (but not certified to produce any products in B3A or B4A).

The PCI Plant Certification Program is focused around four groups of products, designated A, B, C, and G. Products in Group A are audited to the standards in MNL–117. Products in Groups B and C are audited to the > G R O U P C – C O M M E R C I A L ( ST R U C T U R A L ) standards in MNL–116. Products in Group G are audited C AT E G O RY C 1 – P R E C AST C O N C R E T E P RO D U C T S according to the standards in MNL–130. The standards Mild-steel-reinforced precast concrete elements including sheet piling, pile caps, piling, retaining-wall referenced above are found in the following manuals: elements, floor and roof slabs, joists, stairs, seating mem­bers, columns, beams, walls, spandrels, etc. • MNL–116 Manual for Quality Control for Plants and Production of Structural Precast Concrete C AT E G O RY C 2 – P R E ST R E S S E D H O L LOW- C O R E A N D R E P E T I T I V E P RO D U C T S Products Standard shapes made in a repetitive process prestressed with straight strands. Included are hollow• MNL–117 Manual for Quality Control for Plants core slabs, railroad ties, flat slabs, poles, wall panels, and products in Category C1. and Production of Architectural Precast Concrete C AT E G O RY C 3 – P R E ST R E S S E D ST R A I G H T- ST R A N D ST R U C T U R A L M E M B E R S Products Includes stemmed members, beams, col­umns, joists, seating members, and pro­ducts in Categories C1 and C2. • MNL–130 Manual for Quality Control for Plants and Production of Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete C AT E G O RY C 4 – P R E ST R E S S E D D E F L E C T E D - ST R A N D ST R U C T U R A L M E M B E R S Products Includes stemmed members, beams, joists, and products in Categories C1, C2, and C3. Within Groups A, B, and C are categories that identify G RO U P C A – C O M M E RC I A L P RO D U C T S W I T H A N A RC H I T E C T U R A L F I N I S H product types and the product capability of the individual These products are the same as those in the categories within Group C, but they are produced plant. The categories reflect similarities in the ways in with an architectural finish. They will have a form, machine, or special finish. Certification for Group which the products are produced. In addition, categories CA production supersedes Group C in the same category. For instance, a plant certified to produce in Groups A, B, and C are listed in ascending order. In products in Category C2A is also certified to produce products in C1, C1A, and C2 (but not certified other words, a plant certified to produce pro­ducts in to produce any products in C3 or C4A). Category C4 is automat­ically certified for products in the preceding Categories C1, C2, and C3. A plant cer­tified > G R O U P G – G L AS S - F I B E R - R E I N F O R C E D C O N C R E T E ( G F RC ) to produce products in Category B2 is automatically These products are reinforced with glass fibers that are randomly dis­persed through­out the product and are qualified for Cat­egory B1 but not Categories B3 or B4. made by spraying a cement/sand slurry onto molds. This pro­duces thin-wal­led, lightweight cladding pan­els. 62

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> ALABAMA Forterra Building Products Pelham, (205) 663-4681 Gate Precast Company Monroeville, (251) 575-2803 > ARIZONA Coreslab Structures (ARIZ) Inc. Phoenix, (602) 237-3875 Rocla Concrete Tie Inc. Tucson, (520) 447-8257 Stinger Bridge & Iron Coolidge, (520) 723-5383 Tpac, An EnCon Company Phoenix, (602) 262-1360 > A R K A N S AS Coreslab Structures (ARK) Inc. Conway, (501) 329-3763

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> CALIFORNIA Bethlehem Construction Inc. C3, C3A Wasco, (661) 391-9704 Clark Pacific A1, C3, C3A, G Fontana, (909) 823-1433 Clark Pacific C4, C4A Adelanto, (626) 962-8751 Clark Pacific A1, B3, C4, C4A, G Woodland, (530) 207-4100 Con-Fab California, LLC B4, C4 Lathrop, (209) 249-4700 Con-Fab California, LLC B4, C4 Shafter, (661) 630-7162 Coreslab Structures (LA) Inc. A1, B4, C4, C4A Perris, (951) 943-9119 KIE-CON Inc. B4, C3 Antioch, (925) 754-9494 Midstate Precast, LP A1, C3, C3A Corcoran, (559) 992-8180 Oldcastle Precast Inc. B4, B4A, C4, C4A Perris, (951) 657-6093 Oldcastle Precast Inc. C2 Stockton, (209) 466-4215 Precast Concrete Technology Unlimited dba CTU Precast A1, C3, C3A Olivehurst, (530) 749-6501 StructureCast A1, B3, C3, C3A Bakersfield, (661) 833-4490 Universal Precast Concrete Inc. A1, B1, C1 Redding, (530) 243-6477 Walters & Wolf Precast A1, G Fremont, (510) 226-9800 Willis Construction Co. Inc. A1, C1 Hollister, (831) 623-2900 Willis Construction Co. Inc. A1, C1, G San Juan Bautista, (831) 623-2900 > C O LO R A D O EnCon Colorado Denver, (303) 287-4312 Plum Creek Structures Littleton, (303) 471-1569 Rocky Mountain Prestress LLC Architectural Plant Denver, (303) 480-1111 Rocky Mountain Prestress LLC Structural Plant Denver, (303) 480-1111 Rocla Concrete Tie Inc. Pueblo, (719) 569-4003 Stresscon Corporation A1, B4, Colorado Springs, (719) 390-5041

B4, C3 B4, C3, C3A

A1, C3, C3A

B4, C4 C2 B4A, C4, C4A

> CONNECTICUT Blakeslee Prestress Inc. Branford, (203) 481-5306 Coreslab Structures (CONN) Inc. Thomaston, (860) 283-8281 Oldcastle Precast Avon, (860) 673-3291 United Concrete Products Inc. Yalesville, (203) 269-3119

A1, B4, C4, C4A A1, B1, C1 B2, C2, C2A B3, C2

> D E L AWA R E Concrete Building Systems of Delaware Inc. Delmar, (302) 846-3645 Rocla Concrete Tie Inc. Bear, (302) 836-5304

B3, C3 C2

> F LO R I DA Building Blocks GFRC, LLC G Kissimmee, (214) 289-9737 Cement Industries Inc. C3 Fort Myers, (800) 332-1440 Colonial Precast Concrete LLC C2 Placida, (941) 698-4180 Coreslab Structures (MIAMI) Inc. A1, C4, C4A Medley, (305) 823-8950 Coreslab Structures (ORLANDO) Inc. C2 Okahumpka, (512) 250-0755 Coreslab Structures (TAMPA) Inc. A 1 , B 3 , C 3 , C 3 A Tampa, (813) 626-1141 Dura-Stress Inc. A1, B4, B4A, C4, C4A Leesburg, (352) 787-1422 Finfrock Industries Inc. A1, C3 Apopka, (407) 293-4000 Gate Precast Company A1, B4, C3, C3A Jacksonville, (904) 757-0860 Gate Precast Company A1, B2, C3 Kissimmee, (407) 847-5285 International Casting Corporation C4 Hialeah, (305) 558-3515 Leesburg Concrete Co. Inc. A1, C2A Leesburg, (352) 787-4177 Metromont Corporation A1, C3, C3A Bartow, (863) 440-5400 Precast Specialties LLC C4 Fort Pierce, (772) 266-5701 Skanska USA Civil SE B4 Pensacola, (757) 578-4147 Spancrete C2 Sebring, (863) 655-1515 Stabil Concrete Products LLC A1 St. Petersburg, (727) 321-6000 Standard Concrete Products Inc. B4, C3 Tampa, (813) 831-9520 Structural Prestressed Industries Inc. C4 Medley, (305) 556-6699 > GEORGIA Atlanta Structural Concrete Co. Buchanan, (770) 646-1888 Coreslab Structures (ATLANTA) Inc. Jonesboro, (770) 471-1150 Metromont Corporation Hiram, (770) 943-8688 Standard Concrete Products Inc. Atlanta, (404) 792-1600 Standard Concrete Products Inc. Savannah, (912) 233-8263 Tindall Corporation, Georgia Division Conley, (404) 366-6270 > H AWA I I GPRM Prestress LLC Kapolei, (808) 682-6000

C4, C4A C2 A1, C3, C3A B4 B4, C4 C4, C4A

A1, B4, C4, C4A

> I DA H O Forterra Building Products Caldwell, (208) 454-8116 Teton Prestress Concrete LLC Idaho Falls, (208) 552-6606

A1, B4, C4 B4, C3

> ILLINOIS ATMI Precast A1, C3, C3A Aurora, (630) 896-4679 AVAN Precast Concrete Products Inc. A 1 , C 3 , C 3 A Lynwood, (708) 757-6200 County Materials Corporation B4, B4-IL, C4 Salem, (618) 548-1190 County Materials Corporation B3, B3-IL Champaign, (715) 848-1365 Dukane Precast Inc. A1, B3, B3-IL, C3, C3A Aurora, (630) 355-8118 Dukane Precast Inc. A1, C3A Naperville, (630) 355-8118 Dukane Precast Inc. A1, C3A Plainfield, (815) 230-4760 ICCI Illini Concrete LLC B3, B3-IL Tremont, (309) 925-2376 Illini Precast LLC B4, B4-IL, C3 Marseilles, (815) 795-6161 Lombard Architectural Precast Products Co. A1, C2, C2A Alsip, (708) 389-1060 Mid-States Concrete Industries LLC A1, B3, B3-IL, C3, C3A South Beloit, (815) 389-2277 Spancrete C2 Crystal Lake, (815) 215-8230 St. Louis Prestress Inc. C3 Glen Carbon, (618) 656-8934 Utility Concrete Products LLC B2, B2A C2, C2A Morris, (815) 416-1000 > INDIANA ATMI Indy C2, C2A Greenfield, (317) 891-6280 Coreslab Structures (INDIANAPOLIS) Inc. A1, C4, C4A Indianapolis, (317) 353-2118 Hoosier Precast LLC B3, C1 Salem, (815) 459-4545 Illini Precast-Speed, LLC C3 Charlestown (708) 562-7700 Precast Specialties A1, B1 Monroeville, (260) 623-6131 Prestress Services Industries LLC B4, B4-IL, C4, C4A Decatur, (260) 724-7117 StresCore Inc. C2 South Bend, (574) 233-1117 > I OWA Advanced Precast Co. Dyersville, (563) 744-3909 Forterra Building Products Iowa Falls, (641) 648-2579 MPC Enterprises Inc. Mount Pleasant, (319) 986-2226 PDM Precast Inc. Des Moines, (515) 243-5118 Rail One USA Clinton, (563) 522-2795 > K A N S AS Coreslab Structures (KANSAS) Inc. Kansas City, (913) 287-5725 Crossland Prefab LLC Columbus, (620) 249-1414 Fabcon Precast, LLC Pleasanton, (913) 937-3021 Prestressed Concrete Construction LLC Newton, (316) 283-2277

A1, C3, C3A B4, C4 A1, C3, C3A A1, C3, C3A C2

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Stress-Cast Inc. Assaria, (785) 667-3905

C3, C3A

> KENTUCKY Bristol Group Precast A1, B3, B3A, C3, C3A Lexington, (859) 233-9050 de AM-RON Building Systems LLC B3, C3, C3A Owensboro, (270) 684-6226 Forterra Building Products B1, C1 Louisville, (800) 737-0707 Gate Precast Company A1, C3, C3A Winchester, (859) 744-9481 Prestress Services Industries LLC B4, C4, C4A Lexington, (859) 299-0461 > LO U I S I A N A Alfred Miller Contracting Lake Charles, (337) 477-4681 Atlantic Metrocast Inc. New Orleans, (504) 941-3152 Boykin Brothers LLC Baton Rouge, (225) 753-8722 dp Concrete Products LLC Vinton, (337) 515-7368 F-S Prestress LLC Princeton, (318) 949-2444 Fibrebond Corporation Minden, (318) 377-1030 > MAINE Superior Concrete LLC Auburn, (207) 784-1388 > M A RY L A N D Atlantic Metrocast Inc. La Plata, (301) 870-3289 Larry E. Knight Inc. Reisterstown, (410) 833-7800 > M AS S AC H U S E TT S Oldcastle Precast Inc. Rehoboth, (508) 336-7600 Precast Specialties Corp. Abington, (781) 878-7220 Unistress Corporation Pittsfield, (413) 629-2039 Vynorius Prestress Inc. Salisbury, (978) 462-7765 > MICHIGAN International Precast Solutions LLC River Rouge, (313) 843-0073 Kerkstra Precast Inc. Grandville, (616) 224-6176 Kerkstra. Precast Inc. Trenton, (616) 224-6176 M.E.G.A. Precast Inc. Shelby Township, (586) 294-6430 Mack Industries Inc. Kalamazoo, (330) 635-5945 Peninsula Prestress Company Grand Rapids, (517) 206-4775 > M I N N E S OTA Crest Precast Inc. La Crescent, (800) 658-9045 Fabcon Precast LLC Savage, (952) 890-4444 Forterra Building Products Elk River, (763) 441-2124 Molin Concrete Products Co. Lino Lakes, (651) 786-7722 Molin Concrete Products Co. Ramsey, (651) 786-7722 Taracon Precast Hawley, (218) 216-8260 64

C3 C2 A1, B4, C3, C3A B2, C2 B4, C4 C1, C1A

B2, C1

B2, C2 C2

B4, C3 A1 A1, B4, C4, C4A B3, C2

A1, B3, C3, C3A A1, B3, C3, C3A C3 A1, C3, C3A A1, B4, C3, C3A B4, C1

B3, B3A, C3, C3A A1, B1, C3, C3A B4, C2 C3, C3A A1, C1, C1A A1, C3, C3A

Wells Concrete Albany, (320) 845-2229 Wells Concrete Rosemount, (507) 380-6772 Wells Concrete Wells, (800) 658-7049

A1, C3, C3A C3 A1, C4, C4A

> MISSISSIPPI F-S Prestress LLC Hattiesburg, (601) 268-2006 Gulf Coast Pre-Stress Inc. Pass Christian, (228) 452-9486 J.J. Ferguson Prestress-Precast Inc. Greenwood, (662) 453-5451 Jackson Precast Inc. Jackson, (601) 321-8787 Tindall Corporation, Mississippi Div. Moss Point, (228) 246-0800 > MISSOURI Coreslab Structures (MISSOURI) Inc. Marshall, (660) 886-3306 County Materials Corporation Bonne Terre, (573) 358-2773 Mid America Precast Inc. Fulton, (573) 642-6400 Prestressed Casting Co. Ozark, (417) 581-7009 Prestressed Casting Co. Springfield, (417) 869-7350 > M O N TA N A Forterra Building Products Billings, (406) 656-1601 Missoula Concrete Construction Missoula, (406) 549-9682 > N E B R AS K A American Concrete Products Co. Valley, (402) 331-5775 Concrete Industries Inc. Lincoln, (402) 434-1800 Coreslab Structures (OMAHA) Inc. LaPlatte, (402) 291-0733 Enterprise Precast Concrete Inc. Omaha, (402) 895-3848

B4, C4 B4, C4 B4 A1, C2, C2A A1, C3A

A1, B4, C4, C4A B4 A1, B1, C1 C4 A1, C3, C3A

B4, C3 A1, B3, C3, C3A

B1, B1A, C1, C1A B4, C4, C4A A1, B4, C4, C4A A1, C2, C2A

> N E VA DA Western Pacific Precast Sloan, (702) 623-4484

B4, C3

> NEW HAMPSHIRE Newstress Inc. Epsom, (603) 736-9000

B3, C3

> NEW JERSEY Boccella Precast LLC C2 Berlin, (856) 767-3861 Jersey Precast B4, C4, C4A Hamilton Township, (609) 689-3700 Northeast Precast A1, B3, C3, C3A Millville, (856) 765-9088 Precast Systems Inc. B3, C3 Allentown, (609) 208-1987 > NEW MEXICO Castillo Prestress, a division of CRMC, Inc. B4, C4 Belen, (505) 864-0238 Coreslab Structures (ALBUQUERQUE) Inc. A1, B4, C4, C4A Albuquerque, (505) 247-3725 > N E W YO R K David Kucera Inc. Gardiner, (845) 255-1044 Lakelands Concrete Products Inc. Lima, (585) 624-1990

A1, G A1, B3, B3A, C1, C1A

Oldcastle Precast Selkirk, (518) 767-2116 The Fort Miller Company Inc. Greenwich, (518) 695-5000 The L.C. Whitford Materials Co. Inc. Wellsville, (585) 593-2741

> N O RT H C A RO L I N A Coastal Precast Systems LLC Wilmington, (910) 604-2249 Gate Precast Company Oxford, (919) 603-1633 Prestress of the Carolinas Charlotte, (704) 587-4273 Utility Precast Inc. Concord, (704) 721-0106 > N O RT H DA KOTA Wells Concrete Grand Forks, (701) 772-6687

B3, C3, C3A B1, B1A, C1, C1A B4, C3

B4, C2 A1, C3 B4, C4 B3, B3A

A1, C4, C4A

> OHIO DBS Prestress of Ohio C3 Huber Heights, (937) 878-8232 Fabcon Precast LLC A1, C3, C3A Grove City, (952) 890-4444 High Concrete Group LLC A1, C3, C3A Springboro, (937) 748-2412 Mack Industries Inc. C3 Valley City, (330) 460-7005 Mack Industries Inc. B3A,C3 Vienna, (330) 638-7680 Prestress Services Industries of Ohio LLC B3, C3 Mt. Vernon, (740) 393-1121 Rocla Concrete Tie Inc. C2 Sciotoville, (740) 776-3238 Sidley Precast Group, a division of R.W. Sidley Inc. A1, C4, C4A Thompson, (440) 298-3232 > OKLAHOMA Arrowhead Precast LLC Broken Arrow, (918) 995-2227 Coreslab Structures (OKLA) Inc. (Plant No.1) Oklahoma City, (405) 632-4944 Coreslab Structures (OKLA) Inc. (Plant No.2) Oklahoma City, (405) 672-2325 Coreslab Structures (TULSA) Inc. Tulsa, (918) 438-0230 > OREGON Knife River Corporation Northwest Harrisburg, (541) 995-4100 R.B. Johnson Co. McMinnville, (503) 472-2430

A1, C3, C3A

A1, C4, C4A

B4, C3 B4, C4

A1, B4, C4, C4A B4, C3

> P E N N SY LVA N I A Architectural Precast Innovations Inc. A1, C3, C3A Middleburg, (570) 837-1774 Brayman Precast LLC B3, C1 Saxonburg, (724) 352-5600 Concrete Safety Systems LLC A1, B3, B3A, C3, C3A Bethel, (717) 933-4107 Conewago Precast Building Systems A1, C3,C3A Hanover, (717) 632-7722 Dutchland Inc. C3 Gap, (717) 442-8282 Fabcon Precast LLC A1, B1, B1A, C3, C3A Mahanoy City, (952) 890-4444 High Concrete Group LLC A1, B3, C3, C3A Denver, (717) 336-9300 J & R Slaw Inc. A1, B3, C3, C3A Lehighton, (610) 852-2020

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Nitterhouse Concrete Products Inc. A1, C4, C4A Chambersburg, (717) 267-4505 Northeast Prestressed Products LLC B4, C3 Cressona, (570) 385-2352 PENNSTRESS, a division of MacInnis Group, LLC A1, B4, C4 Roaring Spring, (814) 695-2016 Say-Core Inc. C2 Portage, (814) 736-8018 Sidley Precast Group C3 Youngwood, (724) 755-0205 Universal Concrete Products Corporation A1, C3, C3A Stowe, (610) 323-0700

> RHODE ISLAND Hayward Baker Inc. Cumberland, (401) 334-2565


> S O U T H C A RO L I N A Florence Concrete Products Inc. B4, C3, C3A Sumter, (803) 775-4372 Metromont Corporation A1, C4, C4A Greenville, (864) 605-5000 Metromont Corporation C3 Spartanburg, (864) 605-5063 Smith-Columbia B2, C1 Hopkins, (803) 708-2222 Tekna Corporation B4, C3 North Charleston, (843) 853-9118 Tindall Corporation, South Carolina Division A1, C4, C4A Spartanburg, (864) 576-3230 > S O U T H DA KOTA Forterra Building Products Rapid City, (605) 343-1450 Gage Brothers Concrete Products Inc. Sioux Falls, (605) 336-1180 > TENNESSEE Construction Products Inc. of TN Jackson, (731) 668-7305 Gate Precast Company Ashland City, (615) 792-4871 Mid South Prestress LLC Pleasant View, (615) 746-6606 Ross Prestressed Concrete Inc. Bristol, (423) 323-1777 Ross Prestressed Concrete Inc. Knoxville, (865) 524-1485

B4 A1, B4, C4, C4A

B4, C4 A1, C3, C3A C3 B4, C3 B4, C4

> T E X AS American Concrete Products B3, C3 Dallas, (214) 631-7006 Coreslab Structures (TEXAS) Inc. A1, C4, C4A Cedar Park, (512) 250-0755 CXT, Incorporated - Buildings B1, B1A, C1, C1A Hillsboro, (254) 580-9100 East Texas Precast A1, C4, C4A Hempstead, (281) 463-0654 Enterprise Precast Concrete of Texas LLC A1, C3A Corsicana, (903) 875-1077 Gate Precast Company A1, C3A Hillsboro, (254) 582-7200 Gate Precast Company C2 Pearland, (281) 485-3273 GFRC Cladding Systems LLC G Garland, (972) 494-9000 Heldenfels Enterprises Inc. B3, C3 Corpus Christi, (361) 883-9334 Heldenfels Enterprises Inc. B4 El Paso, (915) 799-0977

Heldenfels Enterprises Inc. San Marcos, (512) 396-2376 Legacy Precast LLC Brookshire, (281) 375-2050 Lowe Precast Inc. Waco, (254) 776-9690 Manco Structures Ltd. Schertz, (210) 690-1705 NAPCO Precast LLC San Antonio, (210) 509-9100 Texas Concrete Partners LP Elm Mott, (254) 822-1351 Texas Concrete Partners LP Victoria, (361) 573-9145 Tindall Corporation San Antonio, (210) 248-2345 Valley Prestress Products Inc. Houston, (713) 455-6098 Valley Prestress Products Inc. Eagle Lake, (979) 234-7899

> U TA H Forterra Building Products Salt Lake City, (801) 966-1060 Harper Precast Salt Lake City, (801) 326-1016 Olympus Precast Bluffdale, (801) 571-5041 > VERMONT Joseph P. Carrara & Sons Inc. Middlebury, (802) 775-2301 William E. Dailey Precast LLC Shaftsbury, (802) 442-4418

B4, C4 A1, C4, C4A A1, C3, C3A C4, C4A A1, C4, C4A B4, C4 B4, C4 A1, C3, C3A B2 B4

A1, B4, C4, C4A, G B2, C1A A1, B3, B3A, C3, C3A

A1, B4, B4A, C3, C3A A1, B4, B4A, C3, C3A

> VIRGINIA Atlantic Metrocast Inc. Portsmouth, (757) 397-2317 Coastal Precast Systems LLC Chesapeake, (757) 545-5215 Hessian Company LTD t/a Faddis Concrete Products King George, (540) 775-4546 Metromont Corporation Richmond, (804) 665-1300 Rockingham Precast Harrisonburg, (540) 433-8282 Smith-Midland Midland, (540) 439-3266 Shockey Precast Group Winchester, (540) 667-7700 Tindall Corporation, Virginia Division Petersburg, (804) 861-8447 > WAS H I N G TO N Bellingham Marine Industries Inc. Ferndale, (360) 380-2142 Bethlehem Construction Inc. Cashmere, (509) 782-1001 Concrete Technology Corporation Tacoma, (253) 383-3545 CXT Inc., Precast Division Spokane, (509) 921-8766 CXT Inc., Rail Division Spokane, (509) 921-7878 EnCon Northwest LLC Camas, (360) 834-3459 Oldcastle Precast Inc. Spokane Valley, (509) 536-3300 Wilbert Precast Inc. Yakima, (509) 325-4573

> W E ST V I R G I N I A Carr Concrete, a division of CXT Inc. Williamstown, (304) 464-4441 Eastern Vault Company Inc. Princeton, (304) 425-8955

B4, C3 B3, C3

> WISCONSIN County Materials Corporation B4, B4-IL Janesville, (608) 373-0950 County Materials Corporation B4, C3 Roberts, (800) 426-1126 International Concrete Products Inc. A1, C1 Germantown, (262) 242-7840 KW Precast LLC B4, B4-IL, C4A dba Illini Precast - Burlington, (708) 562-7770 MidCon Products Inc. A1, C1 Hortonville, (920) 779-4032 Spancrete A1, B4, C3, C3A Valders, (920) 775-4121 Stonecast Products Inc. A1, C3A Germantown, (262) 253-6600 > W YO M I N G voestalpine Nortrak Inc. Cheyenne, (509) 220-6837


> MEXICO Dura Art Stone Inc. Tecate, (800) 821-1120 PRETECSA, S.A. DE C.V. Estado de Mexico 52, (555) 077-0071 Willis De Mexico S.A. de C.V. Tecate BC, MX 52, (665) 655-2222

A1, C1A A1, G A1, C1, G


B4, C4 A1, B4, C3

APS Precast, a division of C&S Group Operations Ltd. Langley, (604) 888-1968

A1, B4, C3, C3A


Strescon Limited Saint John, (506) 633-8877

A1, B4, C4, C4A

N OVA S C OT I A A1, C3, C3A B4 A1, B2, C2, C2A A1, C4, C4A A1, C4, C4A

Strescon Limited Bedford, (902) 494-7400

A1, B4, C4, C4A


Artex Systems Inc. Concord, (905) 669-1425 Global Precast Inc. Maple, (905) 832-4307 Prestressed Systems Inc. Windsor, (519) 737-1216

A1 A1 B4, C4

QUEBEC B3, C2 B1, C3, C3A B4, C4 B1, C1, C1A B2, C2 B1, B1A A1, B4, C4

Betons Prefabriques Trans. Canada Inc. A1, B4, C3, C3A St-Eugene De Grantham, (819) 396-2624 Betons Prefabriques (Bombadier Plant), A1, C2 Alma, (418) 668-6161 Betons Prefabriques (Papeterie Plant), A1, C3, C3A, G Alma, (418) 668-6161 Prefab de Beauce Inc. A1, C3 Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, (418) 387-7152 Saramac 9229-0188 Quebec, Inc. A1 Terrebonne, PQ, (450) 966-1001

> UA E Arabian Profile Company Glass Reinforced Product LLC Sharjah, 971(6) 5432624


B3, C3, C3A



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When it comes to quality, why take chances? When you need precast or precast, prestressed concrete products, choose a PCI-Certified Erector. You’ll get confirmed capability with a quality assurance program you can count on. Whatever your needs, working with an erector who is PCI-certified in the structure categories listed will benefit you and your project. • You’ll find easier identification of erectors prepared to fulfill special needs. • You’ll deal with established erectors. • Using a PCI-Certified Erector is the first step toward getting the job done right the first time, thus keeping labor costs down. • PCI-Certified Erectors help construction proceed smoothly, expediting project completion.

Guide Specification To be sure that you are getting an erector from the PCI Field Certification Program, use the following guide specification for your next project: “Erector Qualification: The precast concrete erector shall be fully certified by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) prior to the beginning of any work at the jobsite. The precast concrete erector shall be certified in Structure Category(ies): [Select appropriate groups and categories S1 or S2 and/or A1].”

Erector Classifications The PCI Field Certification Program is focused around three erector classifications. The standards referenced are found in the following manuals: • MNL–127 Erector’s Manual - Standards and Guidelines for the Erection of Precast Concrete Products • MNL–132 Erection Safety Manual for Precast and Prestressed Concrete

> ARIZONA Coreslab Structures (ARIZ) Inc. A, S2 Phoenix, (602) 237-3875 Steel Girder LLC dba Stinger Bridge & Iron S1 Coolidge, (502) 723-5383 Tpac, An EnCon Company A, S2 Phoenix, (602) 262-1360 > CALIFORNIA MidState Precast L.P. Corcoran, (559) 992-8180 Walters & Wolf Precast Fremont, (510) 226-9800 > C O LO R A D O EnCon Field Services LLC Denver, (303) 287-4312 Gibbons Erectors Inc. Englewood,, (303) 841-0457 Rocky Mountain Prestress LLC Denver, (303) 480-1111 > CONNECTICUT Blakeslee Prestress Inc. Branford, (203) 481-5306 > F LO R I DA Concrete Erectors Inc. Longwood, (407) 862-7100 Coreslab Structures (MIAMI) Inc. Medley, (305) 823-8950 Florida Builders Group Inc. Miami Gardens, (305) 627-8900 Pre-Con Construction Inc. Lakeland, (863) 688-4504 Prestressed Contractors Inc. West Palm Beach, (561) 741-4369 Specialty Concrete Services Inc. Umatilla, (352) 669-8888 Toronto, LLC Apopka, (407) 293-4000 66

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A, S2 A, S2 S2 A, S2 S2 A, S2 S2

W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor Inc. Jacksonville, (904) 388-2696

> GEORGIA Bass Precast Erecting Inc. Cleveland, (706) 809-7583 Jack Stevens Welding LLP Murrayville, (770) 534-3809 Precision Stone Setting Co. Inc. Hiram, (770) 439-1068 RGR Erectors, Inc. Cleveland, (706) 809-2718 Rutledge & Sons Inc. Canton, (770) 592-0380 SE Precast Erectors Inc. Roswell, (770) 722-9212 > I DA H O Precision Precast Erectors LLC Post Falls, (208) 981-0060 > ILLINOIS Area Erectors Inc. Rockford, (815) 562-4000 Continental Erectors, LLC La Salle, (815) 666-4003 Creative Erectors, LLC Rockford, (815) 229-8303 Mid-States Concrete Industries South Beloit, (800) 236-1072 > INDIANA Chicago Steel Construction, LLC Merrillville, (219) 947-3939 > I OWA Cedar Valley Steel Inc. Cedar Rapids, (319) 373-0291 Industrial Steel Erectors Davenport, (800) 236-1072 Northwest Steel Erection Inc. Grimes, (515) 986-0380

A, S2

S2 S2 A, S2 S2 S2 A

A, S2

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> C  AT E G O RY S 1 – S I M P L E ST R U C T U R A L SYST E M S This category includes horizontal decking members (e.g. hollow-core slabs on masonry walls), bridge beams placed on cast-in-place abutments or piers, and single-lift wall panels. > C  AT E G O RY S 2 – C O M P L E X ST R U C T U R A L SYST E M S This category includes every­thing outlined in Category S1 as well as total–precast, multiprod­uct struc­tures (vertical and horizon­tal mem­bers com­bined) and single- or multistory load-bearing mem­bers (including those with architec­tural finishes). > C AT E G O RY A – A R C H I T E C T U R A L SYST E M S This category includes non-load-bearing cladding and GFRC products, which may be attached to a support­ing structure.

Tricon Construction Group Dubuque, (563) 588-9516 US Erectors Inc. Pleasant Hill, (515) 243-8450

> K A N S AS Carl Harris Co. Inc. Wichita, (316) 267-8700 Crossland Construction Company Inc. Columbus, (620) 442-1414 Griffith Steel Erection Inc. Wichita, (316) 941-4455

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> LO U I S I A N A Alfred Miller Contracting Lake Charles, (337) 477-4681


> MAINE Reed & Reed Inc. Woolwich, (207) 443-9747


> M A RY L A N D DLM Contractors LLC Upper Marlboro, (301) 877-0000 E & B Erectors Inc. Pikesville, (410) 360-7800 E.E. Marr Erectors Inc. Baltimore, (410) 837-1641 EDI Precast LLC Upper Marlboro (301) 877-2024 L.R. Willson & Sons Inc. Gambrills, (410) 987-5414 > M AS S AC H U S E TT S Prime Steel Erecting Inc. North Billerica, (978) 671-0111 > MICHIGAN Assemblers Precast & Steel Services Inc. Saline, (734) 368-6147 Construction Specialties of Zeeland Inc. Holland, (616) 772-9410

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G2 Inc. Cedar Springs, (616) 696-9581 Midwest Steel Inc. Detroit, (313) 873-2220 Pioneer Construction Inc. Grand Rapids, (616) 247-6966

> M I N N E S OTA Amerect Inc. Newport, (651) 459-9909 Fabcon Precast LLC Savage, (952) 890-4444 Molin Concrete Products Company Lino Lakes, (651) 786-7722 Wells Concrete Maple Grove, (800) 658-7049 > MISSISSIPPI Bracken Construction Company Ridgeland, (601) 922-8413 > MISSOURI Ben Hur Construction Company Earth City (314) 298-8007 JE Dunn Construction Kansas City, (816) 474-8600 Prestressed Casting Co. Springfield, (417) 869-7350 Demien Construction Company Inc. Wentzville, (636) 332-5500 > N E B R AS K A Central Nebraska Steel LLC Kearney, (308) 627-6683 M&M Steel Erection Inc. La Vista, (402) 614-0988 Moen Steel Erection Inc. Omaha, (402) 884-0925 Patriot Steel Erection Omaha, (402) 431-2744 Topping Out Inc. dba Davis Erection–Omaha Gretna, (402) 731-7484 > NEW HAMPSHIRE American Steel & Precast Erectors Greenfield, (603) 547-6311 Newstress Inc. Epsom, (603) 736-9000 Pinnacle Precast & Steel Erectors Inc. Manchester, (603) 493-1669 > N E W J E RS E Y J. L. Erectors Inc. Blackwood, (856) 232-9400 JEMCO-Erectors Inc. Shamong, (609) 268-0332 Jonasz Precast Inc. Westville, (856) 456-7788 Kenvil United Corp. Kenvil, (973) 927-0010 TCN & Co., LLC Marlton (856) 685-0904 > N E W YO R K Gotham Structures NY, LLC New York, (212) 260-0208 Koehler Masonry Corp. Farmingdale, (631) 694-4720 Oldcastle Precast Selkirk, (518) 767-2116 Tutor Perini Corporation Civil New Rochelle, (914) 739-1908

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> N O RT H DA KOTA Comstock Construction Inc. Fargo, (701) 892-7236 Magnum Contracting Inc. Fargo, (701) 235-5285 PKG Contracting Inc. Fargo, (701) 232-3878

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> OHIO Precast Services Inc. A, S2 Twinsburg, (330) 425-2880 Sidley Precast Group, a division of R.W. Sidley Inc. S2 Thompson, (440) 298-3232 > OKLAHOMA Allied Steel Construction Co. LLC Oklahoma City, (405) 232-7531

> VIRGINIA The Shockey Precast Group Winchester, (540) 667-7700 > WISCONSIN J. P. Cullen & Sons Inc. Janesville, (608) 754-6601 Miron Construction Co. Inc. Neenah, (920) 969-7000 Spancrete Valders, (414) 290-9000 The Boldt Company Appleton, (920) 225-6212


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> P E N N SY LVA N I A Century Steel Erectors S2 Kittanning, (724) 545-3444 Conewago Precast Building Systems A, S2 Hanover, (717) 632-7722 High Structural Erectors LLC A, S2 Lancaster, (717) 390-4203 Kinsley Construction Inc. t/a Kinsley Manufacturing S2 York, (717) 757-8761 Nitterhouse Concrete Products Inc. A, S2 Chambersburg, (717) 267-4505 > SOUTH CAROLINA Davis Erecting & Finishing Inc. Greenville, (864) 220-0490 Florence Concrete Products Inc. Florence, (843) 662-2549 Steel Clad Inc. Greenville, (864) 246-8132 Tindall Corporation Spartanburg, (864) 576-3230 > S O U T H DA KOTA Fiegen Construction Co. Sioux Falls, (605) 335-6000 Henry Carlson Company Sioux Falls, (605) 336-2410 > TENNESSEE Mid South Prestress LLC Pleasant View, (615) 746-6606 > T E X AS Coreslab Structures (TEXAS) Inc. Cedar Park, (512) 250-0755 Derr and Isbell Construction LLC Euless, (770) 910-9996 Gulf Coast Precast Erectors LLC Hempstead, (832) 451-4395 Precast Erectors Inc. Hurst, (817) 684-9080 S 'N' S Erectors Inc. Arlington, (817) 823-8016 > U TA H Forterra Structural Precast Salt Lake City, (801) 966-1060 IMS Masonry Inc. Lindon, (801) 796-8420 OutWest C & E Inc. Bluffdale, (801) 446-5673 > VERMONT CCS Constructors Inc. Morrisville, (802) 888-7701

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1200 Intrepid at the Philadelphia Navy Yard is the newly completed precast concrete work of art designed by worldrenowned starchitect Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The front entrance façade gently curves inward while stretching outward creating a startling and gravity-defying visual that mimics the curved bows of the nearby battleships. The unique engineering requirements of the project meant that the gravity



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