3D Printing

Wells Concrete has started to use 3D printing to help drive down forming costs, which in turn helps us offer the most cost-effective panel we can to the owner.  The 3D printing is sourced from an outside vendor per the project specification and design team criteria.  Since these forms are lead time items, we meet… Read more »

Terracotta and Precast

In recent years, there has been a renewed interested in using terracotta tiles to distinctively beautify exterior façades. Terracotta is a type of ceramic tile made from red and brown clays unique to the quarry location. The raw clay material is shaped into the desired clay tile sizes and then is allowed to dry, then… Read more »

What is Hollowcore?

Here at Wells we receive many different questions about our hollowcore. Below you will find several of our most frequently asked questions. Take a look and see if you can learn something new! What is hollowcore? Hollowcore is a prestressed, precast element with formed concrete tubes running the length ways of the piece. Wells hollowcore… Read more »

Creating Safe Structures

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,… Read more »

Lessons Learned

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… Read more »

The Importance of Mock-up Panels

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… Read more »

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 »