Experience Brings Assurance

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… Read more »

Product Binder Online

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… Read more »

The Professional Development Hour – Q&A

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… Read more »

The versatility of precast

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… Read more »

Connecting on Precast Connections

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… Read more »

What causes color variations in precast concrete finishes?

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… Read more »

The process of selecting an architectural precast mix and finishing

There are many different architectural finishes that come into play on specific projects. It’s important to work with our customers in the beginning stages of each project to make sure that their vision becomes a reality. Below are the steps Wells takes to making sure the desired architectural mix and finish comes to life. 1’x1’… Read more »

The Look of Parking Today

Parking structures have long been part of our community. Some of the early precast parking structures used deep horizontal flat spandrels around the perimeter that sloped to follow the drainage of the parking deck.  Although very functional these structures were not thought of as architectural icons. One could easily recognize the structures by the horizontal… Read more »

A Bonanza of New Materials

Long ago fire was invented by Zug Zug.  Much later Suzy Zug Zug forged iron for an early civilization.  Julius Zug Zug then made concrete for the Romans.  100 years ago Adolphus Zug Zug began working on high strength steel drawn into wires that would become prestressing strands.  These are the materials embraced by Wells… Read more »

Precast Concrete Computes for Data Centers

Precast concrete structural and envelope systems meet the demands of data centers by providing cost-effective open spans, passive fire resistance, and durable, high-efficiency, low maintenance building envelopes. This is very important to mission-critical facilities, which data centers often are. The proliferation of the Internet and extensive use of desktop systems, smartphones, social media, wearable devices,… Read more »

Precast for Food Processing

Precast concrete is the material of choice for the design and construction of food processing plants. High performance precast concrete building systems provide the versatility, efficiency, and durability to meet food processing plant requirements. Food Processing Facilities demand certain inherent qualities:  durability, energy efficiency & low maintenance costs. Precast concrete wall panels provide a continuous… Read more »

What’s Your BI Tool?

The amount of data stored by companies is growing exponentially and the need to translate this data into information to plan for future business strategies is a top priority for financial executives. For most companies, these data warehouses hold so much history it becomes difficult to extract meaningful information.  We often find ourselves limited with… Read more »