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 »

A celebration of precast

Wells Concrete was founded on the concept of prestressed concrete 60 years ago. So with that in mind, here are a few fun facts related to prestressed concrete. Did you know? Prestress concrete has been around since the late 19th century. Did you know? A French Engineer/Builder by the name of Eugene Freyssinet converted the concept… Read more »

What is the difference between precast concrete construction vs. traditional construction?

When comparing traditional construction versus precast concrete construction the biggest difference is time; precast construction can save you time on-site. Precast construction typically works heavily with the design team in early stages of the project development, and these efforts up front will save time and money for the overall project schedule in the long run. … Read more »

Don’t waste your time!

In this blog, I will discuss ways to improve your time management habits and ways you can eliminate distractions from our day that cause stress and unproductivity. Be proactive with your time: “Lack of planning is the cause of many failures.”– Brian Tracy Take a few minutes at the end of each day to prepare… Read more »

The Benefits of a Precast Wall Panel System

When considering the best options for your building project, the benefits of going with a concrete wall panel system are many. Listed below are several important advantages. Energy Efficiency–Precast walls are energy efficient due to a high thermal mass that enables materials to absorb and store temperatures at a more constant rate. With this system, it… Read more »