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Insist on Certification

Wells Concrete operates in five states and one province, and we are PCI (Precast Concrete Institute) and CPCI (Canadian Precast Concrete Institute) certified. If you are a building owner, engineer, architect, or in any other position of being responsible for acquiring precast, a question you may have is, “Why bother? What difference does it make?… Read more »


Business Process Mapping and Root Cause Analysis

What is business process mapping? Business process mapping refers to activities involved in defining what a business entity does, who is responsible, to what standard a business process should be completed, and how the success of a business process can be determined. What is root cause analysis? Root cause analysis (RCA) is a method of… Read more »


Building Materials: Precast vs Steel

When choosing the structural component of a new building, the decision may come down to either steel or precast. In the past, many owners and users looked only at short-term construction costs. The least expensive building to construct typically was the preferred choice. Now this is shifting with more attention on building a better building.… Read more »


OSHA regulation will have a dramatic effect on construction

As of September 23rd of this year, OSHA silica dust regulations will be applied to our field operations. Any operation that produces free silica dust into the air will be a violation. This rule will send ripples through our entire organization. For the last two decades, we at Wells have taken pride in the fact… Read more »


How to get design economy with precast

I often get calls from people who are looking to use precast on a building and want to know “how much is the precast panel”.  Fair question, although it is difficult to know unless you have enough information.  There are numerous factors that affect the cost, such as openings, colored concrete mix design, cast-in items,… Read more »


Wells – A Certified PCI Erector!

For those of you who do not know what PCI stands for, the abbreviation stands for Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. PCI was started in 1954 to help develop a body of knowledge as a technical institute regarding pre-tensioned bonded prestressed concrete. The Institution has grown considerably over the past 63 years and has put a heavy… Read more »


How Precast Concrete can solve all of your Energy Code Problems!

As the energy codes seem to be a constantly moving target, there is one component of design that does seem to be constant. Everyone wants an envelope that is efficient and economical. At the same time it needs to be architecturally pleasing! This is where an insulated architectural precast sandwich panel becomes a very friendly… 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, and some… Read more »


Customizable for Your Job

Large-scale infrastructure demands usually include a unique look and feel for the building in order for it to stand out and fit the nature of the company paying for its new construction. These prerequisites allow precast concrete to shine, from small unique locations to custom large-scale construction, because it has the ability to make any… Read more »


Precast vs. Wood

Why Choose Precast? There is a trend around this country to build high-rise, high-density housing out of wood. These type of structures are commonly built on top of a pedestal, which is typically precast concrete. I received an email from some of our friends at Metromont sharing an article from a local publication. The article… Read more »


Thin brick within precast wall panels

A large topic of discussion within some of our recent plant tours has been “How do you cast thin brick into a precast panel?” The answer is fairly simple. The process consists of three products; concrete, thin brick (of a desired color, texture, and size), along with a single-use liner to keep consistent mortar joints… Read more »


“Because we care about each other.”

May 1 – 5 is Construction Safety Week. While dedicating a week to showcase construction safety and emphasize its importance is great, I will be quick to add that at Wells, safety is an area of focus every week. I’ll spare you the litany of things we’re doing to promote employee safety – the list… Read more »