Precast is Magnificent for Mixed Use Projects
Precast concrete helps mixed use projects become success stories. Mixed use projects require integration of multiple use spaces, which often have conflicting design requirements such as a parking facility (unconditioned space) with a residential facility (quiet space), or with retail. High performance precast concrete envelope and structural systems are used for all types of mixed use projects and provides the aesthetic and structural versatility needed to make them successful. From creating open floor plates for retail and office space, to the aesthetic versatility to make a parking structure blend in with the surrounding environment, to providing passive fire protection. 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.
Precast is Versatile
Aesthetic Versatility – Precast allows designers to create a wide range of aesthetic effects and colors, affordably incorporate historic elements, and integrate a diverse array of façade elements into a single precast panel.
Structural Versatility – Precast concrete is a structural system that enables designers to integrate structural and architectural reducing materials, detailing, costs, construction complexity and more.
Use Versatility - Precast systems allow for easier adaptation of a building’s use, due to its long spans and open floor plates which facilitate functional use changes of a structure. This can be very beneficial as developers need to build out for new tenants.
Precast is Efficient
Accelerated Construction - Precast concrete is one of the fastest building systems available, helping meet tight schedules and opening operations fast. It is also manufactured offsite minimizing project site disturbance, while maximizing quality.
Thermally Efficient – Precast wall systems provide a continuous air barrier (as required by the 2012 IECC), a vapor barrier, and can provide edge-to-edge, continuous insulation (meeting ASHRAE 90.1) all in one system.
Reduce Life Cycle Costs – Precast does not rot, rust, degrade in the presence of sunlight or water, or require painting in most applications. Precast systems typically have fewer joints as compared to many other systems, and joint maintenance is simplified, as these are easily inspected and replaced as necessary. When combined with the energy savings, overall life-cycle costs are reduced.
Risk Reduction - Precast concrete construction reduces professional liability risk for design professionals and business risk for owners through its engineering design assist services, reduced detailing and construction trades, and faster erection and fit-out for faster revenues.
Precast is Resilient
Multi-hazard Protection – Precast inherently provides protection from natural and man-made disasters. Precast does not combust and provides passive fire protection, as well resistance to earthquakes, storms, and external explosions.
Improved Indoor Environmental Quality – Precast does not contain VOCs, or provide a food source for mold. Furthermore its thermal mass helps to provide a more uniform temperature inside as structure improving occupant comfort.