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Why Are More Structural Engineers Choosing Total Precast Concrete Buildings?

It may be because structural engineers report no difficulty in learning to design with total precast concrete systems. But in addition, a full precast concrete system has design flexibility, engineering support, is aesthetically versatile, and can be installed quickly. So what does all of this truly mean during the construction process?        … Read more »


Architectural Precast Samples/Mockups Processes

Architectural Precast aesthetic appearance is virtually unlimited by varying and combining aggregates, sands, color additives, cement color, applied finish textures, cast in stone, granite and clay products, and reveal patterns/sizes. Early conversations with the architects/owners with regards to creating the desired appearance, setting the expectations and developing a schedule process for samples/mockups is critical for… Read more »


If You Want High-End Architectural Concrete, Use White Cement.

In most cases, concrete made from standard gray portland cement will do the job nicely. However, if you’re dealing with high-end architecture and projects where colors need to be the same from one batch to the next, then you’re going to want to turn to white-cement concrete as part of the solution. When gray cement… Read more »


Qualified Producer

Seems when the economy booms businesses get busy with lead times getting longer and longer. The economic boom also spawns new start -up companies or established companies trying new systems to get into the game in hopes to get their share of the pie. So how does one select a qualified producer? Get references, do… Read more »


How Many Points Can You Score in Precast Concrete Jeopardy!

You know how it works, the clue is given and you need to answer it in the form of a question.  No cheating, see how many points you can get.  Write down your answers and compare them to the answers listed below. Let’s begin… Jeopardy! Concrete for 100 – a laboratory test for compressive strength… Read more »


Why do designers use Precast in Detention Centers?

The use of precast components, in detention centers are gaining more and more popularity due to the following benefits and advantages precast can offer: Durability – Precast Concrete is resilient and requires little to no maintenance to preserve the original look.  Detention Centers are subject to everyday wear and tear, and this is where the… Read more »


Industrial Structures: Designing Industrial Structures with Precast/Prestressed Concrete

No matter what sector the building may be for, whether it’s manufacturing, food processing, distribution, or any other industrial application, utilizing precast as the primary building material lends itself nicely. By essentially becoming another piece of equipment whose function is to provide the platform for a smooth process flow, this option not only leads to… Read more »


Five Important Customer Service Skills

The ability to really listen to customers is crucial for providing great service. Not only is it important to pay attention to customer interactions, but it is also important to be mindful and attentive to the feedback that you receive. Having knowledge of the product you are selling. Without knowing all the aspects of your… Read more »


A World of Precast

The precast concrete industry offers an incredibly diverse range of building and infrastructure products to architects, engineers, DOTs, contractors and homeowners. From structural frameworks and architectural flourishes to septic tanks and bridges, no other building material is as dynamic as precast concrete. You can find precast in many projects all over the world, some of… Read more »


Why are more and more designers using precast hollowcore plank?

The Hollowcore product was first introduced to our region in the 1950’s and quickly became the concrete floor system of choice for many designers. Structural floor systems must carry their own weight in addition to all applied loads. While a conventional 8″ cast-in-place concrete slab weights 150 pounds per square foot, the same 8-inch section… Read more »


BIM – Rekindle the Excitement

Wells Concrete’s experience with BIM (Building Information Modeling) is not an uncommon one in the precast industry. Wells’ first experience with 3D modeling was around the year 2000, and my own first involvement was a decade ago in 2007. Most expectations at the time were that the drafting efficiency using modeling would match existing 2D… Read more »


Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for Retirement

 Most individuals think of IRAs and 401ks when the topic of retirement savings comes up.  More and more Americans are looking to an additional option to aid in their retirement goals.  One such savings vehicle that is gaining traction is a health savings account (HSA). HSAs are designed for to be used to pay for… Read more »