Following this process gives you control of cost and quality
Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Ill., features architectural precast concrete.
Since it’s liquid before it’s cured, concrete can assume almost any shape defined by a form. In architectural precast construction, with myriad combinations of details, colors, textures, and finishes, the options are virtually limitless. But how can you extract the most value for the dollars and time you’re spending, while achieving your design objectives?
If a project you’re looking at might be a candidate for architectural precast, … READ MORE
Annual inspections help you handle issues before they become problems
In the colder regions of the United States, the deteriorating effects of winter weather and maintenance can easily be seen in parking garages. Despite the inherent durability designed into these parking garage structures, deicing chemicals, plow activity, and freeze-thaw cycles all take their toll by corroding reinforcing steel and hardware, causing abrasion and impact damage to structural elements, and accelerating the deterioration of existing cracks and delaminations in the concrete. In addition, snow, ice, and rain residue carried … READ MORE
Three ways Tekla makes life easier for designers.
Where do building models go when designers hand them off? In precast concrete projects, the basic information can be imported into new models that specialize in engineering functions. Tekla Structures is the leading software program for precast, melding engineering and drafting functions into one seamless process.
Tekla Structures, from Tekla of Finland, was initially developed in cooperation with a first-ever Precast Software Consortium whose aim was to find a software solution to take time and cost out of the process of developing … READ MORE