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Let’s Break Stuff – Full Scale Testing

Precast Innovators is not just a slogan, we live it every day. With eighteen engineers, both professional and EIT’s we can design, produce and build any precast/prestressed building. Seven of these engineers work full time on process improvement and product development; creating innovation in all departments. Why dedicate so many resources to innovation? To make… Read more »


Remember, Wells still makes double tee wall panels

In the fast-tract construction world we live in today, designers, contractors and owners are looking more and more at precast concrete wall panels to shorten the time to completion.  When they think of precast concrete wall panels their first thought is to flat wall panels because of the unlimited architectural shapes and finishes they can… Read more »


Can Precast Go the Distance?

Often the height of buildings using precast, whether for cladding or structural purposes, will be low enough where the height of a single wall panel or column can cover it. But what about when the height of a structure is beyond what a single wall panel or column is able to do, due to shipping,… Read more »


Why Precast Stadia?

If you have attended any sporting events or concerts in any of the larger venues, or even at the college level, you have most likely been seated on top of precast stadia. You might not have given it much thought, because you weren’t sitting right on the concrete, but on seating that was fastened onto… Read more »


Precast for General Contractors

In the construction world there are a lot of unknowns that take place and if a General Contractor can find any avenue that they know will be reliable and make their life easier, that avenue would be using precast concrete components. Going with precast concrete components guarantees a smooth route for owners and designers in… Read more »


Wide Open Spaces

Today’s mid-rise and multi-use buildings can include retail space, office space and residential living units and parking. The challenge with having multiple users is finding a single structural system that will accommodate the very different floor plate layouts for each without placing load bearing columns and walls in odd areas that will hinder the use… Read more »


Modularity Potential of Precast

Precast concrete has the capability of incorporating other trades in a plant fabricated atmosphere.  Components can be cast into the concrete, or it can be used as a platform to prefabricate other trades.  This can take work off the jobsite, reducing congestion and shortening construction time.  Additionally, plant fabrication can offer productivity and quality gains,… Read more »


Precast Benefit – Durability

Concrete buildings from hundreds of years ago are still in use today. Some say concrete can last up to 2,000 years, and there are certainly many structures around that are well on their way to such a ripe old age. Why? Because it gets stronger every day! Unlike most other materials, precast concrete increases in… Read more »


Benefits of 3D Printing in the Construction Industry

Wells Concrete has just finished manufacturing our first project using 3D printed molds.  The project name is the University Of Minnesota Pioneer Hall in Minneapolis. Advantages of 3-D printing in the construction industry: Complex designs – 3D Printing allows complicated, complex models to be developed and used in our manufacturing process; whereas wood and plastic… Read more »


National Safety Month

The Department of Labor has issued a rule reducing permissible exposure limit of respirable crystalline silica from 250 to 50 micrograms per cubic meter averaged over an eight hour work shift.  This rule goes into effect for OSHA enforcement in the construction industry on June 23, 2017. Complying with this rule will be a big… Read more »


The Benefits of Using a CPCI/PCI Certified Precaster

Wells Concrete is a member of both PCI (Precast Concrete Institute) and CPCI (Canadian Precast Concrete Institute). If you are an engineer, architect, contractor, or a building owner and are considering using precast concrete, the question as to why this is important may cross your mind. Aside from the most obvious reason, quality assurance for… Read more »