Honorable Mention

Office Buildings Low-Rise (1-3 stories)


large product photo   Watson Land Company Corporate Headquarters
Carson, Calif.

This two-story building showcases the ability to form precast concrete into complex shapes. The project features highly-detailed, white precast wall panels with a light sandblast finish, along with precast spandrels, and column and beam covers. Wall panels are cast into special shapes, returns, and varying panel thicknesses. Energy modeling allowed the design team to articulate the panels to protect the exterior glazing from the sun. The project was designed to track LEED NC platinum.

Precaster: Coreslab Structures (L.A.) Inc., Perris, Calif.
Website: www.coreslab.com

Architect: LPA, Inc., Irvine, Calif.
Website: www.lpainc.com


Office Buildings Mid-Rise (4-6 stories)


large product photo   Alfred I. DuPont Testamentary Trust Corporate Headquarters
Jacksonville, Fla.

The four-story building features an enclosed atrium with lush plantings accented by a precast canopy and columns, and a pyramid skylight. A rooftop garden sits above the garage. The building’s façade was originally designed for hand-set limestone, but a custom-made solution was devised by the precaster as an alternative. Inspired by the institute’s original mansion, the design emulates natural stone by using architectural precast concrete panels with a combination of various trims, reveals and textures.

Precaster: Gate Precast Company, Kissimmee, Fla.
Website: www.gateprecast.com

Architect: GUND Partnership, Cambridge, Mass.
Website: www.gundpartnership.com

Additional Architect: Gresham, Smith & Partners, Jacksonville, Fla.
Website: www.gspnet.com


Retail Stores & Mixed Use Buildings


large product photo   City Creek Center
Salt Lake City, Utah

Part of a major, two-block urban revitalization, this project includes retail stores, offices, residences, subterranean parking, restaurants, a pedestrian sky bridge, and a transit system. Approximately 100,000 ft2 of architectural precast cladding was used in the project. Coordination of the intricate details between architectural precast and the other cladding materials was a critical component to the work requiring sophisticated connection details using “slip-critical” bolted connections. This project is located in a high seismic area; therefore, each story level is separated by drift joints.

Precaster: Pretecsa, Atizapán de Zaragoza, México
Website: www.pretecsa.com

Architect: Hobbs + Black, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Website: www.hobbs-black.com


Retail Stores & Mixed Use Buildings


large product photo   Paseo Altozano
Morelia, Michoacan, México

This massive shopping center includes more than 2,500 architectural precast panels in a wide variety of colors and finishes. By using different forming techniques, color and aggregate mixing, and a wide range of achievable finishes ranging from acid etched to chisele hammered and from polished to stained textures, the precaster was able to achieve varied architectural styles in different buildings.

Precaster: Pretecsa, Atizapán de Zaragoza, México
Website: www.pretecsa.com

Architect: Taller Unico de Arquitectos, Miguel Hidalgo, DF, México
Website: www.tua.com.mx


Parking Structures (0–999 Cars)


large product photo   University of New Mexico Yale Parking Structure
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The University of New Mexico faced a major parking shortfall and needed a quick solution. Due to a fast-track construction schedule, the university chose precast concrete for its new six-story parking garage. The design of the structure is long span construction, with a framing system of pre-topped double tees spanning 64 ft to beams, columns, and lite walls. This allows parking spaces on each side of a center driving aisle and provides an open feel.

Precaster: Coreslab Structures (Albuquerque), Albuquerque, New Mexico
Website: www.coreslab.com

Architect: Dekker Perich Sabatini Architects, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Website: www.dpsabq.com


Parking Structures (0–999 Cars)


large product photo   Old Town Parking Deck
Traverse City, Mich.

This 522-car, open parking structure is designed to complement both older adjacent buildings and newer post-modern nearby developments. Wall panels utilize a mix of exposed architectural precast trim and integral thin brick. The vertically-installed panels match the width of the precast double tees, allowing for much larger architectural openings that closely mimic the windows of the ground floor retail spaces of the older buildings. The exterior precast wall panels serve as structural bearing system, shear walls, and finished architecture.

Precaster: National Precast, Shelby Township, Mich.

Architect: Rich and Associates, Inc., Southfield, Mich.
Website: www.richassoc.com


Parking Structures (0–999 Cars)–Craftsmenship


large product photo   Lancaster Central West Garage
Lancaster, Pa.

A new seven-story, 504-space parking garage in this historic east coast city highlights the exceptional versatility of precast concrete. The town is one of the nation’s oldest, graced by brick row homes that predate the American Revolution. To fit this context, the design team chose precast exterior panels with a 40-40-20 mix of red brick shades with black ironspot stippling. Buff-colored cast stone inserts, which correspond to the region’s native limestone, project out beyond the face of the building and create depth.

Precaster: High Concrete Group LLC, Denver, Pa.
Website: www.highconcrete.com

Architect: Greenfield Architects Ltd., Lancaster, Pa.
Website: www.greenfieldarchitects.net


Parking Structures (1000+ Cars)


large product photo   Duke University Research Drive Parking Garage
Durham, N.C.

The Duke University Parking Garage is the first LEED-certified, single-use, stand-along parking garage. The seven-level, 1,917-space garage earned 31 LEED NC 2.2 points. Architectural precast concrete spandrel panels clad the upper-level façade of the garage. Column covers are also made of precast concrete and exterior precast panels define the edge of the roof trellis planter boxes. “Duke stone” (the university has its own stone quarry) is at the base and terra cotta wall tiles are featured on the exterior of the lower levels and stair towers.

Precaster: Gate Precast Company, Oxford, N.C.
Website: www.gateprecast.com

Architect: Ratio Architects, Indianapolis, Ind.
Website: www.ratioarchitects.com


Stadiums/Arenas/Sports Facilities–Craftsmenship


large product photo   Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis, Ind.

The structure is a seven-level, retractable roof, 63,000-seat multi-purpose stadium capable of expanding to 73,000 seats for the 2012 Super Bowl. A brick precast façade was chosen to tie in with the historic downtown district. Pre-insulated precast sandwich wall panels with thin jumbo bricks and limestone-finished precast accents were used to create a detailed exterior façade. The manganese ironspot thin brick complements the traditional hand-laid brick used on nearby buildings.

Architect: HKS Inc., Dallas, Texas
Website: www.hksinc.com

Precaster: Gate Precast Company, Ashland City, Tenn.
Website: www.gateprecast.com

Additional Precaster: HIgh Concrete Group LLC, Fishers, Ind.
Website: www.highconcrete.com

Additional Precaster: Coreslab Structures Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.
Website: www.coreslab.com


Stadiums/Arenas/Sports Facilities–Craftsmenship


large product photo   TCF Bank Stadium
Minneapolis, Minn.

Home to the Golden Gopher football team and the University of Minnesota marching band, the TCF Bank Stadium houses a band rehearsal room, club rooms, restaurants, bars, and a 60-yd-long football-shaped Golden Gopher locker room. Use of precast panels with thin-set brick versus block and brick construction cut five months off the schedule. Stadium construction utilized over 1,800 pieces or 180,000 ft2 of brick clad precast and 1,100 pieces or 60,000 ft2 of architectural precast cladding, as well as precast concrete columns, beams, stadia risers, stairs, raker beams, and spandrels. The project earned LEED Silver certification.

Architectural Precaster: Gage Brothers Concrete Products Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D.
Website: www.gagebrothers.com

Structural Precaster: Hanson Structural Precast Midwest, Maple Grove, Minn.
Website: www.hansonstructuralprecast.com

Architect: Populous, Kansas City, Kan.
Website: www.populous.com


Stadiums/Arenas/Sports Facilities


large product photo   LSU Basketball Practice Facility
Baton Rouge, La.

This project consisted of a 58,960 gross ft2 addition to an existing basketball arena that did not lend itself easily to expansion. Precast concrete cladding allowed the creation of a building form that acted as a natural extension to the futuristic form of the original areas, utilizing sweeping curved faces and prismic shapes. It also helped cut more than 12 months off the estimated construction schedule. The project utilized a self-cleaning photo catalytic titanium dioxide admixture in the precast to prevent potential mildew problems.

Precaster: Gate Precast Company, Monroeville, Ala.
Website: www.gateprecast.com

Architect: Holden Architects, Baton Rouge, La.
Website: www.holdarch.com

Associate Architect: RDG Planning & Design, Des Moines, Iowa
Website: www.rdgusa.com


Public/Institutional Building


large product photo   Rapid City Regional Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting Station
Rapid City, S.D.

Design requirements for this rescue station required that the new structure match an existing campus building, utilize durable materials, be energy-efficient and essentially maintenance-free, provide effective sound control, incorporate interior surfaces that withstand abuse, and be cost-effective. The existing structure consists of a form board cast-in-place concrete and exterior insulation finish system on steel studs. The total precast concrete solution features a structural precast wall system and a hardwall interior surface, with a corefloor concrete roof and mezzanine. Integrated architectural finishes include two concrete mix designs, custom wood grain formwork, form projections, and continuous insulation.

Precaster: Gage Brothers Concrete Products Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D.
Website: www.gagebrothers.com

Architect: TSP Inc., Rochester, Minn.
Website: www.teamtsp.com


Higher Education/Universities


large product photo   Marcene H. & Robert E. Christoverson Humanities Building
Lakeland, Fla.

This project is a three-story, 25,700 ft2 building with complex geometries. The classroom building is located on a historic campus best known for its collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. The use of precast panels on this project was to complement, but not mimic the use of horizontal blocks on Wright’s campus work. Massive precast concrete piers provide the base from which sets of triple-columns support the building’s other defining feature—a soaring curved roof.

Precaster: Gate Precast Company, Kissimmee, Fla.
Website: www.gateprecast.com

Architect: Robert A. M. Stern Architects, New York, N.Y.
Website: www.ramsa.com

Associate Architect: Wallis, Murphey, Boyington Architects, Lakeland, Fla.
Website: www.wmbarchs.com


Higher Education/Universities


large product photo   University of Minnesota Science Teaching & Student Services Building
Minneapolis, Minn.

The architecture of the five-story building incorporates various building materials on the façade, which takes cues from the urban campus structures, the serenity of the museum and the fluidity of the winding river. Scalloped and curved architectural precast concrete components anchor the building into the river’s bluff. The building’s base echoes the warm ochre color of native limestone. The eastern façade utilizes striated brick-faced precast concrete wall panels and horizontal strip windows to link the structure to the orthogonal nature of the existing campus buildings.

Precaster: Gage Brothers Concrete Products Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D.
Website: www.gagebrothers.com

Architect: Kohn Perdersen Fox Associates, New York, N.Y.
Website: www.kpf.com

Architect: HGA, Minneapolis, Minn.
Website: www.hga.com


Schools (K-12)


large product photo   Tucker High School
Tucker, Ga.

This school project used a total precast process that enabled the construction team to erect portions of the building within two ft of the existing—and still occupied—campus buildings. The total-precast concrete system allowed a crane to operate from within the footprint of the new classroom structures and back out onto public streets. Precast spandrels, architectural panels, double tees, stairs, and elevator boxes are also utilized. The project also was honored as Best All Precast Solution.

Precaster: Metromont Corp., Hiram, Ga.
Website: www.metromont.com

Architect: Milton Pate Architects, Tucker, Ga.
Website: www.miltonpate.com


Multi Family Buildings


large product photo   The Century
Los Angeles, Calif

This unique, elliptical-shaped, 42-story luxury high-rise contains 140 luxury condominium units with 368-car, subterranean parking. The design-build structure included an exterior comprised of 170,000 ft2 of punched window architectural precast concrete and stone cladding—all produced on radius forms. The tower's detailing boasts fluted columns and pilasters and protruding eyebrow lintels. Due to the elliptical shape of the structure, all but 82 of the 1,147 precast panels were cast on convex or concave forms.

Precaster: Clark Pacific, Fontana, Calif.
Website: www.clarkpacific.com

Architect: Robert A. M. Stern, Architects, New York, N.Y.
Website: www.ramsa.com

Executive Architect: HKS, Beverly HIlls, Calif.
Website: www.hksinc.com


Custom Solutions


large product photo   The Water Wall at Signature Place
St. Petersburg, Fla.

A 60-ft-tall choreographic wall of water terminates the main axis of a courtyard on this project, screening the structured parking. The feature is constructed of a galvanized steel frame with textured black precast concrete panels. A custom weir piece enabled precise water acceleration from the very top of the water wall and required a finish that symmetrically changed from a smooth surface at the top to a rough surface matching the liner pattern at the bottom of the weir. This was accomplished using variable depth sandblasting followed by acid etching.

Precaster: Gate Precast Company, Kissimmee, Fla.
Website: www.gateprecast.com

Architect: Fluidity Design Consultants, Los Angeles, Calif.
Website: www.fluidity-dc.com


Custom Solutions


large product photo   Indiana University Cook Men's & Women's Basketball Practice Facility
Bloomington, Ind.

Ten structural concrete arches span this basketball practice facility. Forming the base of the building is an enclosure of CarbonCast High Performance Insulated Wall Panels. The facility needed to integrate visually with the concrete and limestone finishes prevalent on campus. A precast soffit continues the design theme from the larger precast panel area in the east of the building, and brings it to a dramatic termination in the entrance area.

Precaster: High Concrete Group LLC, Denver, Pa.
Website: www.highconcrete.com

Architect: Populous, Kansas City, Kan.
Website: www.populous.com


Main Span more than 150'


large product photo   Benson Road Bridge Replacement
Renton, Wash.

This replacement bridge was initially conceptualized as a curved steel plate girder bridge. During design development, the design-build team revised the overcrossing alignment and bridge concept to enable use of emerging precast concrete technology, which provided for a much more cost-effective solution. Spans in excess of 200 ft were required. The preferred solution was to utilize 100-in.-deep precast concrete “super girders” erected in segments and post-tensioned to provide a fully integral composite structure, the first use of precast girders of this size in the state.

Precaster: Concrete Technology Corp.,Tacoma, Wash.
Website: www.concretetech.com

Engineer: CH2M HILL, Bellevue, Wash.
Website: www.ch2m.com


Main Span more than 150'


large product photo   Beck Street Structure–I-15 & Beck Street
North Salt Lake City, Utah

This structure is the first UDOT bridge to meet the Standard of Seismic Design designation of “Operational.” Bridges classified as “Operational” are critical to the transportation system and need to be functioning after a designed seismic event-earthquake. These critical bridges must meet the requirements for Seismic Design Category D with a ductility demand equal to the maximum allowed following UDOT Seismic Design Criteria. The bridge used the longest pre-stressed concrete bulb tee girders, at 197 ft in length and 8 ft in depth, to date by UDOT.

Precaster:Hanson Structural Precast, Salt Lake City, Utah
Website: www.hansonstructuralprecast.com

Engineer: Parsons, South Jordan, Utah
Website: www.parsons.com


Rehabilitated Bridge


large product photo   Hazel Avenue Bridge Widening
Sacramento, Calif.

Located 1,000 ft downstream of a major dam and 500 ft upstream of a salmon fish hatchery, this county arterial roadway bridge is in a very environmental sensitive area. To overcome these challenges, a hybrid superstructure consisting of 7-ft-deep precast bulb-tee girders with a cast-in-place pier cap section was developed. A temporary in-water trestle was utilized for foundation and pier construction. The remaining work was completed from top. No significant falsework was utilized for the bridge.

Precaster: Con-fab California Corp., Lathrop, Calif.
Website: www.confabca.com

Engineer: PB, Sacramento, Calif.
Website: www.pbworld.com


Sustainable Design


large product photo   DASH Bus Maintenance & Operations Faciity
Alexandria, Va.

A bus maintenance facility with rooftop parking, this total-precast, LEED-Gold design utilized CarbonCast insulated wall panels for thermally efficient walls. Roof top deck consists of double tees with field-applied rigid foam insulation and topping. Support for the 15-ft-wide double tees was accomplished using a combination pocket/corbel in the load bearing precast walls. Reveals in the panels on the two-story section help to break up the mass of the building and create subtle shadow lines.

Precaster: High Concrete Group LLC, Denver, Pa.
Website: www.highconcrete.com

Architect: Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Alexandria, Va.
Website: www.mbakercorp.com


All Precast Solution


large product photo   CTA Beach Comfort Stations
Biloxi, Miss.

Built on the Gulf Coast, these four precast concrete elevated beam comfort stations are engineered for Cat5-type wind and surge. Design includes a hip roof with different pitches along with integrated roof battens that have a precast concrete sugar-cube-type finish on both front and back surfaces. Plumbing, conduit and electrical chases were cast into the panels. The use of precast allowed the facility to be designed to meet the stringent code requirements and still compliment local architecture.

Precaster: Gate Precast Co., Hillsboro, Texas
Website: www.gateprecast.com

Architect: Eley Guild Hardy Architects, Biloxi, Miss.
Website: www.eleyguildhardy.com


All Precast Solution


large product photo   Muensterberg Plaza & Clock Tower
Berne, Ind.

For the most cost-effect design, this all-precast clock tower features a square precast concrete tower “box” concept with internal floors and simple plank construction. The 165-ft-tall tower is part of an event plaza and park. It features integral color on the first 20 ft. An all-precast structure, the tower utilized twelve 12-in.-thick architectural precast panels at the base exterior, eight 8-in.-thick architectural precast panels at the base interior, 20 8-in. structural precast panels on upper floors, and 27 8-in. and 10-in.-thick hollow core planks.

Precaster: Coreslab Structures (Indianapolis) Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.
Website: www.coreslab.com

Precaster: StresCore, South Bend, Ind.
Website: www.strescore.com

Architect: REES Alexander LLC, Indianapolis, Ind.
Website: www.reesalexander.com


Harry H. Edwards


large product photo   North Central College Residence Hall/Recreation Center
Naperville, Ill.

The nation’s first LEED-certified (LEED Silver) combination college dorm and rec facility, this project consists of a four-story residence hall wrapped around a 62,000 ft2 field house. The inner field house has 50-ft-tall precast concrete walls and 180-ft-span roof trusses. The surrounding residence hall features precast concrete double walls, columns, beams, stairs and water retention storage tanks. Extensive sustainability features include a large geothermal installation. The project was also honored as the Best Sustainable Design of the PCI competition.

Precaster: Dukane Precast Inc., Naperville, Ill.
Website: www.dukaneprecast.com

Architect: Thomas A. Buchar & Associates, Joliet, Ill.
Website: www.buchar.com


Harry H. Edwards


large product photo   U.S. 17 Washington Bypass
Beaufort County, N.C.

This 3-mile, 4-lane precast bridge, built over wetlands and a river, had to be built in 44 months. The solution was the development of unique pile-driving erection gantry cranes that performed all construction and eliminated the need for an access trestle, all while partially suspended in mid-air. The erection system greatly reduced environmental impacts to the river, plants and wildlife. In addition, the project was completed on budget, seven months early. This project was also co-winner of the Transportation Main Span 76–150 ft category.

Precaster: Coastal Precast Systems, Chesapeake, Va.
Website: www.cpsprecast.com

Engineer: Earth Tech Inc. (now AECOM), Raleigh, N.C.
Website: www.aecom.com

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