Higher Education Demands Higher Performance
Precast concrete systems are excellent for all structures used on college and university campuses including dormitories, classrooms, laboratories, offices, parking structures, stadiums, theaters, and more. Precast concrete structural and envelope systems meet today’s high performance demands, providing exceptional life-cycle performance through reduced operation and maintenance costs. 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. A diverse palette of engineered thin-brick products allow architects to create traditional school appearances with the performance of precast.
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 long-span products are ideal for clear span university situations such as gymnasiums, dining halls, and auditoriums.
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.
Precast is Efficient
Accelerated Construction - Precast concrete is one of the fastest building systems available, enabling colleges and universities to meet demanding schedules and reduce general conditions costs. It is also manufactured offsite, minimizing project site disturbance and preserving site area for parking and other uses.
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. No repointing is ever required in thin-brick facades, as the mortar joint is part of the body of the concrete panel. When combined with the precast’s energy savings, overall life-cycle costs are reduced.
Risk Reduction - Precast concrete construction reduces professional liability risk for design professionals and construction cost risk for universities through its engineering design assist services, reduced detailing and construction trades, ability for cold-weather erection, and faster erection and fit-out for faster occupancies.
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, provide a food source for mold, and has excellent acoustic separation properties. Furthermore, its thermal mass helps to delay and dampen the peak HVAC load, and allows Higher Education owners to save money on HVAC equipment cost.