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 »

As the summer heats up, so does your concrete

As we all start to enjoy the warm summer days we need to be aware of the problems that come with concrete temperatures rising with the summer heat. According to the ACI building code we should never pour concrete when the concrete temperature is greater than 90 degrees F and potential concrete problems in hot… Read more »

5 Advantages of Precast Concrete You May Have Forgotten

By now, most people know the main advantages of using precast/prestressed concrete on a project. Short construction schedules, all weather construction, plant controlled conditions for pouring high quality concrete, long shallow spans, and the endless number of exterior finish options are the advantages that get all of the publicity. There’s a reason these are the… Read more »

They’ll come back. Just like bell bottoms.

Recently, I took part in a review of the 8th Edition of the PCI Design Handbook. These sessions take place whenever a new edition is released for public use. Generally, these reviews would fall into the “watching paint dry” spectrum on the interesting meter; there will be some fairly minor design changes or possibly a… Read more »

Precast Benefit: Design – Construction – Interior Finishing

Precast concrete provides many areas in which to save for a project. Some of these saving are in accelerated design, construction, and finishing processes, areas that aren’t always considered when doing the initial budgeting. Design Repetition in precast panels allows for the design process to move fairly quickly through the shop drawing stage. A lot… Read more »