Precast Provides Safe and Efficient Student Housing
Student housing faces many demands. With turnover, move ins and move outs, visitors, and the occasional party, most dorms experience a lot of hard use and require very durable construction. They must also provide safe and comfortable studying environment. High performance precast provides all this and more. Precast is inherently very resilient, and provides protection from storms, fires and manmade threats. It also provides excellent sound insulation helping to control noise. It’s thermal benefits and low maintenance will also help keep life cycle costs low; and it also can be constructed quickly, so tight schedules can be met. Overall, precast concrete provides an excellent alternative to traditional stick-built, or cavity wall construction methods.
Precast is Versatile
Aesthetic Versatility – Precast allows homeowners and 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.
Precast is Efficient
Accelerated Construction - Precast concrete is one of the fastest building systems available, essentially unaffected by bad weather, helping meet tight schedules. It is also manufactured offsite minimizing project site disturbance, while maximizing quality.
Thermally Efficient – Precast wall systems provide a continuous air barrier, vapor barrier, and can provide edge-to-edge, continuous insulation (meeting all code requirements) 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, resulting in fewer locations for air and water leaks. When combined with the energy savings, overall life-cycle costs are reduced.
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.