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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 »


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 »