Creating Safe Structures

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Dangerous and deadly storms are happening all too often.  As we clean up Mother Nature’s devastation, talk inevitably arises of how to best guard against future destruction.  There’s a simple answer that is being used to create safe new structures: precast concrete.  With components that include insulated walls, hollowcore plank, beams, columns and double-tee slabs, precast structures can withstand what …

Lessons Learned

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After recently completing the Whole 30 diet  – I have come to personally appreciate the difficulty of comprehending what is in the products that you buy and their effect on you.  Even when you are given that actual ingredients it is almost impossible to understand what they are, where they come from, and what impacts they may have.  As part …

The Importance of Mock-up Panels

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Once the Pre-Sale/Contract Award samples (typically sized 12”x12”, although they can be larger to incorporate multiple finishes) are approved by the architect and/or owner, the process for the mock-up panel approval can proceed.  It should be understood that the samples are only the first step in the development of the final product, and the approval of the mock-up panel represents …

Experience Brings Assurance

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This topic has been addressed before, but with the continuing disregard for adhering to specifications and quality assurances it needs to be presented again.  This brings up the question of why this continues to be disregarded? It is typical that during a booming economy new firms spring up to attempt to get their piece of the pie.  Question is: are …

Product Binder Online

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I remember when I first started in the precast industry in 2004 at Wells Concrete (formerly Hanson) there was one busy task to keep up on:  delivering product binders to clients.  It was actually a great way to meet people face-to-face with a handshake instead of clicking the send button in Outlook.  Granted it took some time to assemble the …

The Professional Development Hour – Q&A

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What is it? A Professional Development Hour (PDH) is typically a short class, between one and eight hours. Also known as a Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Who needs PDH? Architects, Engineers, Land Surveyors, Landscape Architects, Geoscientists and Interior Designers (AELSLAGID). There are many other professions that require continuing education, but I will focus on construction. Why do I need them? First, PDHs are …

The Professional Development Hour – Q&A

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What is it? A Professional Development Hour (PDH) is typically a short class, between one and eight hours. Also known as a Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Who needs PDH? Architects, Engineers, Land Surveyors, Landscape Architects, Geoscientists and Interior Designers (AELSLAGID). There are many other professions that require continuing education, but I will focus on construction. Why do I need them? First, PDHs are …

The versatility of precast

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When you look up the definition of Versatility you get a few different versions: A. Having a wide variety of skills or the ability to change easily or to be used for a different purpose B. The property of being versatile or having many different abilities; flexibility C. Ability to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities. …

Connecting on Precast Connections

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An Engineer of Record (EOR) puts in the time and effort to ensure they put out the best version of final Contract Documents for the job to go out for bid. Once it is awarded calls and emails pour in from the precast team that is responsible for the delegated design of the precast requesting to change some details to …

What causes color variations in precast concrete finishes?

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Concrete contains natural materials, and it is these materials’ inherent beauty that is most often expressed in architectural concrete. The limitations of these natural materials with respect to uniformity must be considered. Some color difference between nominally identical precast concrete units is inevitable. Where uniformity is essential, the precaster can provide significant input in balancing colors, textures, and shapes to …