Collaborating to Develop

In recent years Wells Concrete has developed and tested items outside typical precast.  This has been driven by our own desire to go beyond just providing precast to providing building solutions.  Additionally, input from the voices of our customers notes that a frequent problem spot in buildings is intersections where components from different trades meet.… Read more »

Thermal mass and Energy Savings

Thermal mass is the ability of a material to absorb and store heat energy (Thermal Sponge). A lot of heat energy is required to change the temperature of high density materials like concrete, which is therefore said to have high thermal mass. Lightweight materials such as timber have low thermal mass. Due to its density,… Read more »

Bear vs Bull Market

Since the first of the year the DOW is down approx. 15%.  Almost every day in the investing world, you will hear the terms “bull” and “bear” used to describe market conditions.  The direction of the market is a major force affecting all industry.  Therefore it is important to understand the difference between bear and… Read more »

The minimum requirements for joints in precast structures

What is a joint? A joint is an intentional space that typically creates a tolerance for clearance between adjacent construction elements and provides a buffer area where production, erection and interfacing tolerance deviations can be absorbed.  Product tolerance relate to the dimensions and dimensional relationships of the individual precast components.  Erection tolerance are required for… Read more »

Precast Concrete: The Perfect Material for Fire Resistance

In today’s paper where I live, one of the headlines was, “Blaze destroys condo project.” The story goes on to describe how fire fighters doused the wood and steel structure with water. The building was a total loss. Fortunately no lives were lost and no one was injured fighting the fire. One of the most… Read more »

Gemba Walk: Where the Real Work Happens

Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. If you never stop to take a look – and I mean a real hard look – at what you are doing, you will always be stuck with your existing performance. An interesting solution to this problem is known… Read more »

Total Precast Solutions for Office Building Design

A total precast solution provides a great alternative to the standard steel office building designs we see.  In this blog, I am going to cover some of the basics when considering a precast office building design: Bay spacing – (Figure 1) 30′ wide typical – 10′ wide tees Outside bays 42′-50′ Center bay 20′-30′ Floor… Read more »

Where We are Now: A look at Wells Markets

With the new decade starting, I thought now would be a good time to look back at the last few years to see what markets Wells Concrete has been excelling in and where we are headed in the future. The images are snapshots of the total number of projects and quantity of products produced for… Read more »

Openings in Precast

Oftentimes the most difficult design hurdle in a project is accommodating openings in the precast shell.  Doors, windows, mechanical and plumbing penetrations all present challenges that the designer must carefully consider as it relates to handling, shipping, erecting, and ultimately subjecting the panel to service loading conditions.  Wells has created a guideline for efficient layout… Read more »

A One Stop Shop from Concept to Completion

When you are looking for a partner to help design-build your next building, we are ready to assist you from concept to completion.  Our in-house process starts with a talented and tenured sales team that can quickly run a budget and sketch of your ideas.  Once the building layout is decided, the project can move… Read more »

Using BIM with the AEC community

In the last ten years, the Architect/Engineer/Contractor (AEC) community has begun to drastically change how it develops projects.  The tools that are available to them are many, but the one constant that is shaping how projects come together is 3D modeling.  Using 3D modeling for project development and information sharing is known throughout the community… Read more »

How early in the design process should I involve my precast consultant?

One of the unique things about architectural and structural precast concrete is that almost no two pieces are the same.  They may look similar or even identical on the exterior but inside they have different reinforcing or structural connections that are unique from piece to piece.  Because of this every precast project is custom and… Read more »