Discover High Performance Precast

Precast concrete is a high performance material that integrates easily with other systems and inherently provides the versatility, efficiency, and resiliency needed to meet the multi-hazard requirements and long-term demands of high performance structures.

Choosing precast concrete during the design build process can provide a multitude of architectural, construction, and design benefits. Whether you are designing commercial structures, residential structures, parking garages, bridges, or another type of structure, consider precast concrete as your building material of choice. 

This video provides an overview of what high performance precast concrete is, and how choosing to use precast concrete this building material can help you reach your goals and optimize your next project.


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High performance precast concrete inherently provides versatility, efficiency, and resiliency.

Aesthetic Versatility Site Efficiency Structure Durability
Virtually any color, form, and texture Minimal site disturbance Long service life
Facade integration Negligible waste Barrier wall system
Historic compatibility Accelerated construction Functional resilience
Structural Versatility Energy and Operational Efficiency Multi-Hazard Protection
Load-bearing envelopes      Scalable performance Storm resistance
Economical sections Thermally efficient Earthquake resistance
Long open spans Low life-cycle costs Blast resistance
Use Versatility Risk Reduction Life Safety and Health
Recyclabe Design assist Indoor environmental quality
Deconstructive reuse Reduced and trades Passive fire resistance
Adaptive reuse Enhanced profitability Meets FEMA 361


Precast concrete provides excellent versatility in aesthetics, structural design, and use. Precast concrete provides a number of architectural benefits. It comes in almost any color, form and texture, and can also be veneered or embedded with natural materials. It can also be utilized as the primary structural system saving material, time, and money. Precast concrete can also provide greater open spans by reducing the number of interior columns thereby increasing flexibility in the use of the floor space.

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Precast concrete provides efficiency in use of materials, construction, and operation. Precast concrete is the fastest building system available, and minimizes negative effects at the project site. Precast also provides a very thermally efficient and almost maintenance free envelope that helps reduce overall life-cycle costs. Precast concrete has been used in a variety of projects focused on sustainable design due in part to its efficiency benefits. 

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Precast inherently provides a high level of resiliency which protects against multiple hazards such as fire, severe storms, explosions, and even earthquakes. Precast also does not contain any VOCs or provide a food source for mold which helps maintain a healthy indoor environment. It is also a great sound insulator and can help maintain more uniform indoor temperatures thereby improving occupant comfort.