Whatever your mind imagines, you can recreate it in precast concrete to make a stunning, iconic façade. The clearest advantage of architectural precast is found in the virtually limitless design potential that can be achieved with its use.
Maximum Flexibility + Limitless Design
Architectural precast concrete has quietly revolutionized the construction industry by creating a dramatic range of functionality and creative expression. This short video shows a few employees polishing a recent project.
This process uses a series of diamond grinding wheels to polish the surface, which results in exposure of the aggregate with a smooth polished finish similar to polished granite.
Wells Concrete has worked with numerous clients on polishing wall panels, including:
- Prime Therapeutics – Boulder Lakes Office, Eagan, MN
- Stephen High School, Sartell, MN
- Sterling Bank, St. Cloud, MN
- St. Cloud Tech High School, Loading Dock, Pool, Plank & Auditorium, St. Cloud, MN
Concrete is everywhere – but it actually becomes visible when graphic concrete is used. The beauty of the material comes to life when patterns and designs are exposed in the concrete surface. Graphic Concrete has developed the technology that enables aggregates to be exposed in precast concrete for use in façade elements and panels, landscape architecture and slabs. The permanent and environmental friendly process gives architects remarkable flexibility and opens up tremendous aesthetic possibilities. Through a partnership with AltusGroup, Graphic Concrete imaging technology is available throughout the US and Canada.
During our research and development process, Wells Concrete has created a variety of mock up samples using this new innovation. We are in the process of working with clients to incorporate this new style into their design plan.
Terra-cotta is an ancient building material that translates from Latin as “cooked earth.” Architectural terracotta refers to a fired mixture of clay and water that can be used in a non-structural, semi-structural, or structural capacity on the exterior or interior of a building. It can be unglazed, painted, slip glazed, or glazed. Terra-cotta can be composed of a hollow clay or solid clay, Wells is using a solid clay.
Wells Concrete has completed a few mock-up samples and is planning to use Terra-cotta on the Rochester Parking Ramp. 1,523 pieces of Terra-cotta will be cast into our 8” solid wall panels. In addition, there are two large arches that Wells produced that will go over the top of the railroad tracks that pass through the parking ramp.
Since its inception, Wells Concrete has been a leader in the precast industry, bringing superior craftsmanship, innovative solutions and reliable design-build solutions to every project carrying the Wells name. Architects, builders, and owners look to Wells Concrete to help realize the full potential of precast concrete in their projects.
When planning your next project, consider utilizing architectural precast concrete. The Wells team of precast innovators is ready to assist you with any questions you may have.
We look forward to helping you bring your vision to life on your next project.