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 »

Technology Across the Generations

During the last few decades the human generations have experienced a huge growth in the development of technology. Baby boomers and Millennials have experienced a huge change in technology that has had an effect on their behavior and lifestyle.   Baby Boomers born between 1945 to 1965 Grew up to the development of technology and… Read more »

Simplicity in the workplace

  In today’s fast pace world, with deadlines and responsibilities always looming over heads, it’s easy to lose track of the most efficient way to solve problems and accomplish tasks – simple face to face communication and utilizing past successes. I think at times we could all take a step back and get back to… 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 »

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 »