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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 »


The hidden benefits of total precast buildings

Total precast concrete structures offer many benefits to both the design and construction process as well as the operation and longevity of the building. A total precast concrete building system combines all structural elements with architectural features and finishes to achieve almost any desired look. Design and construction benefits: Reduce the number of trades on… Read more »


Precast and the New OSHA Silica Rule

The Department of Labor has issued a rule reducing permissible exposure limit of respirable crystalline silica from 250 to 50 micrograms per cubic meter averaged over an eight hour work shift.  This rule goes into effect for OSHA enforcement in the construction industry on June 23, 2017. Complying with this rule will be a big… Read more »


“CarbonCast” High Performance Insulated Panels

What is it and what are the benefits? Wall panels are composed of two concrete wythes separated by continuous insulation (ci) and connected by “C-GRID” shear trusses. “C-GRID” carbon fiber shear trusses are low in thermal conductivity. Panels are energy efficient and light weight. With the exceptional bonding and strength of carbon fiber trusses less… Read more »


The Election is over…now what?

We don’t really know what to expect. President-elect Trump, more than any other national politician (at least in modern times) is much less predictable regarding what his actual governing policies will be.  This is due in part to having no political track record for us to examine, but also in part because he appears to… Read more »