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 »

“It’s all in the details…”

  Wells Concrete’s client services, in concert with our engineering teams and project managers, excel at developing solutions to the most challenging designs. Economic, functional and aesthetic goals are the project team’s road map to success – early and close coordination with architects and engineers lead us to a clear understanding of the owner’s vision.… Read more »

Cast-In Electrical

Did you know Wells Concrete casts electrical boxes in our wall panels? With the help of our on-staff master electrician, drafting and project management departments, Wells coordinates with the general contractor and electrical subcontractor to locate and install electrical block-outs that would typically be surface-mounted on both the interior and exterior of precast panels. One… Read more »

Live Long and Prosper

A saying made famous by actor Leonard Nimoy in his portrayal of Mr. Spock in the Star Trek movies and TV series.  Unfortunately, all too often we experience (or we watch our loved one’s experience) serious illnesses that can undermine the “Live Long and Prosper” goal.  Even more unfortunate, many of these illnesses are due… Read more »

Precast – Did You Know?

DID YOU KNOW: Reinforced concrete is the only building material that is highly resistant to both water and fire. The original use of concrete has been traced back to ancient Egypt. Now-a-days, construction companies are using scented form release agents to impart a pleasant smell in concrete, the most famous being bubble gum. Court Avenue… Read more »