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 »

The process of selecting an architectural precast mix and finishing

There are many different architectural finishes that come into play on specific projects. It’s important to work with our customers in the beginning stages of each project to make sure that their vision becomes a reality. Below are the steps Wells takes to making sure the desired architectural mix and finish comes to life. 1’x1’… Read more »

The Look of Parking Today

Parking structures have long been part of our community. Some of the early precast parking structures used deep horizontal flat spandrels around the perimeter that sloped to follow the drainage of the parking deck.  Although very functional these structures were not thought of as architectural icons. One could easily recognize the structures by the horizontal… Read more »

A Bonanza of New Materials

Long ago fire was invented by Zug Zug.  Much later Suzy Zug Zug forged iron for an early civilization.  Julius Zug Zug then made concrete for the Romans.  100 years ago Adolphus Zug Zug began working on high strength steel drawn into wires that would become prestressing strands.  These are the materials embraced by Wells… Read more »

Precast Concrete Computes for Data Centers

The data center market has been and is still expanding dramatically. The increase of the Internet and extensive use of desktop systems, smartphones, social media, wearable devices, and connected devices is propelling the demand in the global data center construction market. Leading business organizations are embracing innovative technologies such as big data and cloud services… Read more »

Precast for Food Processing

Precast concrete is the material of choice for the design and construction of food processing plants. High performance precast concrete building systems provide the versatility, efficiency, and durability to meet food processing plant requirements. Food Processing Facilities demand certain inherent qualities:  durability, energy efficiency & low maintenance costs. Precast concrete wall panels provide a continuous… Read more »

What’s Your BI Tool?

The amount of data stored by companies is growing exponentially and the need to translate this data into information to plan for future business strategies is a top priority for financial executives. For most companies, these data warehouses hold so much history it becomes difficult to extract meaningful information.  We often find ourselves limited with… Read more »

Support the Internal Customer First

When we share our knowledge and ability with our internal customers (our co-workers) first, we cannot lose when it comes to our external customers.  We are constantly building and improving our internal teams, sharing our collective precast knowledge, construction experience, and skills accumulated along the way. Because of this, we are better equipped to help… Read more »

A key item to look for when inspecting precast – Cracks

What Exactly Is A Crack? A crack is simply when the concrete matrix, or the “glue” for the rocks, cannot hold bond to itself, or the aggregate in the mix, due to volume changes, over-loading, and/or repeated loading.    This creates a failure plane that extends to the exterior of the concrete that we can see… Read more »

The Precast Studio Program

As precasters and active participants in the construction industry we interact with architects on a constant basis. We as precasters are continually promoting the benefits of our product, and part of this is educating architects. One way we do this is by promoting and participating in the PCI/CPCI precast studio program at local universities and… Read more »

Continuous Improvement

What exactly is continuous improvement? A continual improvement process, also often called a continuous improvement process (abbreviated as CIP or CI), is an ongoing effort to improve products, services, or processes. These efforts can seek “incremental” improvement over time or “breakthrough” improvement all at once. What it means to us here at Wells Concrete is… Read more »