What is total precast?

Total precast buildings utilize the full array of Wells building solutions, comprised of structural and architectural prefabricated building components. Utilizing precast for the entire building solution — from floors to walls to stairways to the building enclosure — makes a long-lasting and durable structure that can stand the test of time. Wells has extensive expertise with total precast designs for a variety of market segments, and you can feel confident using Wells as your single-source building solutions provider — simplifying your project from start to finish.

Architectural Building Components

The exterior of a total precast structure utilizes architectural load-bearing precast walls. With prefabrication, endless architectural aesthetics can be achieved while remaining durable and resilient.

Structural Building Components

The structure of a total precast building is comprised of structural precast components, including beams, columns, hollowcore, stairs, walls and more.

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Total precast structures protect your bottom line.

Total precast structures benefit the entire construction team, from the architect to contractor to engineer to owner. From load bearing wall panels to comprehensive design and support, combining Wells structural and architectural building solutions provides benefits for all.

8 benefits of total precast.

Total precast buildings offer several benefits across various geographic regions and market sectors. Key benefits include:

  1. Accelerated construction
  2. Durability/resiliency
  3. Aesthetic versatility
  4. Noise reduction
  5. Lower project cost
  6. Minimized site disturbance
  7. Energy efficiency
  8. Just-in-time delivery

Total Precast Benefits for Architects

Aesthetic Variety: There is a wide array of color and finish options when using precast, including thin brick, sandblast, acid etch, waterwash, custom formliners, Graphic Concrete, and virtually any color.

Comprehensive Design & Drawing Support: We have in-house drafters and engineers that will work side-by-side with you as the drawings and projects progress. This makes for a seamless transition from a napkin sketch to 100% construction documents.

Total Precast Benefits for Contractors

Core and Shell Under One Trade: This reduces the number of individuals involved in the building process.

No Staging Required: When a precast panel shows up on a jobsite, it is taken off the truck and put into its final position on the building. This avoids congestion on-site and ultimately makes for a safer jobsite.

Total Precast Benefits for Engineers

Load-Bearing Wall Panel Systems: A load-bearing wall panel system, combined with the fact that precast double tees can span up to 110 ft, eliminates the clutter (and cost) of extra columns and beams on the interior of the building.

Comprehensive Design & Drawing Support: In-house engineering can work side-by-side with the EOR to develop the proper component sizes for the loading indicated.

Total Precast Owner Benefits

Speed to Market: Being able to produce a structure year-round in our climate-controlled manufacturing facilities allows for a faster construction schedule.

Reduced Life Cycle Costs: Precast is low maintenance and has a 100 year life span

Total Precast Building Solution Examples

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Prefabricated Solutions for Multi-Family

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Prefabricated Solutions for Office

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Prefabricated Solutions for Healthcare

Using total precast to meet storm shelter requirements.

A neighborhood storm shelter is a vital addition to any community. Building a structure that adheres to ICC 500 standards requires detailed planning and design, and a team of experts to correctly engineer and construct the shelter to last. Wells total precast building solutions offer safety and protection against extreme weather and other emergencies with the ability to meet and exceed ICC 500 guidelines — while also benefiting the design, budget and construction schedule.

Every ICC 500 storm shelter is unique — from location to dimensions to uses — and every difference impacts the design. Our team is well-versed in the requirements necessary to design a safe storm shelter and answer the critical questions when engineering and building a structure to last.

Achieving Storm Shelter Safety Requirements with Wells Prefabricated Building Solutions

One of the most undisputed benefits of total precast is its strength, withstanding significant wind and resisting damage from flying objects and debris during natural disasters. Learn more about the rise of total precast in storm shelter designs.

Featured total precast concrete projects.

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Maple River K12 School

Discover how this school utilized a total precast system for its many unique needs — including an ICC 500 storm shelter.

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View more Wells projects.

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1323 Morse Avenue

Explore this award-winning total precast luxury residential development that was designed to create harmony between old and new aesthetics.

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Aerospace R&D Building

Wells met this research and development client's need to support extreme load requirements by creating a total precast building solution.

On-demand total precast webinars.

Interested in learning more about total precast structures and the architectural and structural components that make up the building? Our on-demand webinars with options for CEUs present an in-depth explanation on all things precast.