Student Housing and the Benefits of Precast

Speed: The use of precast concrete components facilitates a faster construction process, while also minimizing onsite material and labor costs. Durability: Precast concrete is a quick way to construct long-lasting and durable buildings that can withstand severe weather conditions no matter what region of the country you live in. Safety: With Student safety being a… Read more »

The Basics on Rigid Insulation

Over the years, you tend to get inquiries on what is bead board, what is Styrofoam, what is the blue stuff, what is the white stuff, is it XPS or EPS? How are they different? A few of the important terms you will hear when dealing with rigid insulation are: R-Value – The resistance to heat… Read more »

Total precast structures in the urban environment

Urban density has become increasingly more important in planning for municipalities across the country. Urban renewal and infill projects are at the forefront of the construction industry. Designers, now more than ever, are utilizing every square foot of a parcel to provide the most sustainable design and cost-effective solutions for the client. Historically, precast cladding… Read more »

SEE Program Update

In late 2017 Wells rolled out a Safety “best practice” that was originally pioneered by Clark Pacific, a California based precast company that had become an industry leader in worker safety. The Wells initiative was called the SEE Program, or Safety Enhancement Efforts Program. Its focus was simple; ask plant and field employees to look… Read more »

Precast for Owners

In any format, the advantages of precast benefit every member of the construction team, but especially the owner, whose goals are always paramount. Speed to market is one of the largest benefits to the owner.  With precast construction the amount of time the construction team is onsite actually building can be reduced since all precast… Read more »

Finishes and Features: Formliners

Wells combines the economy of architectural precast concrete and the artistry of formliners to shape unique architectural façades. Since concrete’s invention by the ancient Romans, designers have imagined ways to use this material to create architectural masterpieces. Because of concrete’s fluid form, it is easily poured and molded into any shape thinkable. One way Wells… Read more »

Create Tall, Open Interior Spaces with Precast Concrete

Wells concrete offers several different solutions for tall open interior spaces. Hollowcore Plank Hollowcore plank is a lightweight, durable solution to creating a large open interiors. It provides solutions to everything from tornado shelters, roof decks, mezzanines, and garage floors and ceilings.  Sections come in 8”, 10”, and 12” deep – 8” being the lowest… Read more »

Design Assist: Think outside the box – the architectural precast concrete box

There’s no need for you to know everything about precast.  The key to successfully creating a structure using architectural precast concrete is to bring in an expert producer/erector early in the design development phase. There are a lot of variables for a designer to consider during a project’s conceptual or schematic stage that affects aesthetics,… Read more »

Shiny new objects

As an architect, I am always interested in new finishes that can help add depth, texture and color to a structure.  The wide variety of exterior finish products that are in today’s marketplace is almost unlimited.  So too are the details and products used in their installation. When on a jobsite, I cringe when I… Read more »

A Blog About Blogs

Tis the season to take a break and reflect back on Wells Concrete Blogs of 2018.  Wells published close to 30 blogs during the past year discussing the attributes, advantages and future of precast concrete to help inform and educate our readers and followers.  My blog will highlight what I thought was this year’s Top… Read more »

Pulling into first with new finishes and features

Concrete finishes have come a long way in a short period of time. For those producers who really care about their clients, it is important to step up and meet the challenge of providing the finishes those clients want and can use to beautify their structures. Today, finishes range from standard water wash and acid… Read more »