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Precast Concrete Off-Site Construction: Techniques & Case Studies

The National Institute of Building Sciences 2014 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey found precast concrete structural components were the most often used elements of off-site construction. With the looming shortage of skilled workers forecast to exceed 2 million by 2017, prefabrication may become a necessity and a more common method of project delivery. The benefits include shorter construction schedules, greater degree of predictability in cost, reduced material waste, reduced coordination of trades and reduced risk.

This session will provide an overview of the most common systems of precast concrete products, cover basic design criteria and capabilities, and explore case studies showing how precast was used to solve diverse design and construction challenges with off-site construction.

Presenters: Rita Seraderian, Susan (“Sue”) Klawans, and Ted Foster

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand precast concrete products and buildings systems.
  • Discussing the planning, design, coordination, fabrication and installation process with precast.
  • Review mini-case studies illustrating off-site construction concepts.
  • Learn about precast specifications, design resources, and the PCI plant certification program.
  • Discuss the importance of resilient building design concepts. 
Length: 1.0 Hour
Credits: AIA HSW 1.0 LU; PDH: 1.0

Presenters: Rita Seraderian has been the Executive Director of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Northeast for the past 27 years. She has organized, hosted and spoke at numerous seminars and workshops on the use of precast/prestressed concrete products and systems throughout New England and New York. She provides design assistance on all aspects of precast concrete construction. She has facilitated the PCI Northeast Bridge Technical Committee, which its membership is made up of the New England and New York Departments of Transportation. She became a Fellow of the Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute in 2009. She is a graduate with a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Massachusetts and a M.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, MA. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Massachusetts.

Susan (“Sue”) Klawans is Vice President and Corporate Director of Operational Excellence and Planning for Gilbane Building Company. In her 31-years at Gilbane, Sue has held a deep and broad range of positions including project engineer, superintendent, project manager, project executive and transition planning executive. Her extensive construction experience also includes design phase planning and estimating, scheduling and phasing, construction project management and site supervision, and owner’s program and project director. Ms. Klawans is recognized throughout the industry as a thought leader in areas of Lean, high performing teams, knowledge sharing and quality, and she represents Gilbane in a number of trade organizations. She is currently the Chair of the Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC), which was established by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) in 2013.

Ted Foster is a Project Manager for Gilbane Building Company. Ted has excelled on projects in some of the most dangerous and challenging countries in the world, including Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, and as a result he brings unique perspective to every situation. Ted is a registered Professional Engineer and design-builder who values proactively guiding client through decision making process to ensure best outcomes, a passion for exceeding client expectations, and delivering high quality work. Ted and the teams he represents are consistently early adopters of new processes and technology that enable efficiency and effectiveness on jobsites. Over his career to date, he has served as Project Manager, Assistant Project Manager, Design Engineer, Project Engineer and Quality Control Manager. Ted has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, and his certifications and registrations include OSHA 30 Hour, USACE Construction Quality Management, LEED Green Associate.