Starz Encore

Centennial, CO

Originally designed as a steel structure with granite cladding, the new Liberty Media and Starz Encore buildings began construction on the same site, at the same time. During early construction, the quarry confirmed that it was unable to meet the quantity required to clad both buildings. To solve the shortage, the project architect contacted Wells with the request to replicate granite in precast for the 6-story Starz Encore building.

Wells Concrete had 48 hours to prove we could match the Texas granite.  We went to work and used a series of clay molds to hand sculpt the granite textures.  We then poured form liner off of the clay molds.  The texture developed coupled with the right mix design provided the look the Architect an Owner desired. The Architect did not want to see any repetition in the stone textures, therefore Wells developed 250 different granite molds to be used throughout the job.  Wells utilized precast soap pieces throughout the coursing to hide the precast panel joints.  Starz Encore core & shell finished erecting before the much smaller Liberty Media building could finish their granite cladding.

Despite the difference in materials used, both buildings looked the same when completed. In addition to creating a seamless appearance between both buildings, the 308,000 SF Starz Encore building was completed four months earlier than the 80,000 SF, 2-story Liberty building, despite starting construction four months later. This was a result of combining a precast structure with a load bearing precast skin, and engaging one trade for the entire core and shell.

Key Project Attributes

  • Design Flexibility
  • Time to Market
  • Granite Textures
  • Acid Etch Finishes

Project and Precast Scope

  • 300,000 SF
  • Total Precast
  • Five stories
  • Free Standing Entablatures
  • 2,457 precast pieces
  • 85 erection days with three cranes