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The ‘Prefabrication’ Push and Precast Concrete’s Impact

The construction industry as a whole is experiencing an amazing stretch of long backlogs and exciting market forecasts!  However, as with most things, there is another side to that coin.  The labor shortage is becoming more and more apparent with each passing year and we are not seeing any data that would tell us things… Read more »


Graphic Concrete Technology

Throughout the past few years Wells Concrete has been perfecting their architectural capabilities and also expanding their product line to stay current with modern architectural demands. The newest product line we are soon to be offering is Graphic Concrete imaging. This will expand the clients’ and architects’ imaginations and provide an opportunity to put a… Read more »


Lesson of the Day

It is typical and has been for many years to hear the word “cement” used in place of “concrete.” We hear of cement blocks, cement driveways, and cement buildings… It was back in the late 70’s when I was in my Engineering 101 class in college that the instructor, after one of the exams, offered… Read more »


Safe + Sound

Last June OSHA launched its inaugural “Safe + Sound Week”.  OSHA described the initiative as “…a new nationwide effort that calls on organizations of all sizes in a wide range of industries to raise awareness of the value and importance of workplace safety and health programs.”  They have targeted the week of August 13 –… Read more »


PAINTING or COATING?

Are you painting concrete or are you coating concrete? Painting implies a finish thickness of 2 to 4 millimeters, while coating implies a thickness of 10 to 16 millimeters. Coating is also the proper term for products that provide decoration and protection for exterior concrete walls. Here’s what you should expect from a good coating:… Read more »


Precast Concrete Envelopes and Fire Resistance

Building codes require that resistance to fire be considered in the design for protection of both life and property. The degree of fire resistance required depends on the type of occupancy, the size of the building, its location, and in some cases, the amount and type of fire detection and extinguishing equipment available in the… Read more »


Teamwork

In this blog, I hope to  discuss ways we can improve our “team.” We all belong to a team. Whether it is a corporate office team, sales team, sports team, or ministry team we all play an important role in the success of the organization. If you have ever participated in team rowing you can… Read more »


The Perfect Construction Site!

As a construction worker, I like working outdoors when the weather is perfect – 60 degrees and dry. We all know as Minnesotans, North Dakotans, Canadians and Mid-westerners that you may only get a few dozen days a year with those particular outdoor working conditions. Fresh concrete needs those perfect weather conditions, but cured concrete… Read more »


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 »