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 »

Why Prestress the Exterior Layer of Insulated Wall Panels?

  Did you know that many precast concrete wall panel manufacturers do NOT prestress their exterior layer in an insulated sandwich wall panel?  In fact, some precasters don’t even use mild reinforcement (steel).  They do this because it either cuts costs and/or they don’t have the capabilities to do so.  Either way, it’s a loss… Read more »

The question is…

So the question is, knowing no two days are identical, what makes a great day in your life? Is your great day a chronological list day? Does it include sore, achy muscles from a job well done? Is it something simple, like a smile from a coworker you helped? Or perhaps seeing the final product… Read more »

Got a second?

Actually, it usually takes longer than a second.  This is commonly a large part of our day-to-day activities…talking to people.  You’ve heard the stats – women speak an average of 20,000 words per day while men speak an average of 7,000 words.  While this statistic might be alarming to some, the fact that we are… Read more »

What is Continuous Insulation?

I realize continuous insulation may have been briefly discussed in prior blogs, but it is a frustrating topic that needs continuous education and discussion. This topic reminds me of an analogy from Mr. Rick Ostgard explaining the concept by using a winter coat scenario. One coat has only strips of insulation, compared to another coat… Read more »

Precast Parking Ramp Advantages

The creation of a durable, corrosion-resistant parking structure with a superior life cycle starts with the formulation of quality concrete as follows: Low Water/Cement Ratio: The lower the water/cement ratio the more impermeable the concrete will be, the more strength it will exhibit and the less shrinkage-related cracking it will suffer. Wells Concrete typically fabricates parking… Read more »

Top 10 Reasons to Use Precast Walls

Top 10 reasons to use precast walls for your next project: Precast concrete insulated walls provide energy benefits that can exceed the benefits of mass or insulation used alone in the varying climate conditions we see in the upper Midwest regions. Precast concrete walls act as thermal storage to delay and reduce peak thermal loads.… Read more »

Work stressing you out?

Every year someone I know inevitably makes the comment about how overworked they are. I like to follow up their statement with one question: “How much PTO (paid time off) do you have?” Most of the time the response is well over two days of vacation. When I press them about why they do not… Read more »