Justice and Correctional
Justice and Correctional Facilities Value Precast Strength and Durability
Precast concrete’s strength, resiliency, and low life-cycle costs make it ideal for justice and correctional facilities. 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 materials, reducing detailing requirements, costs, construction complexity, and more. The modularity of precast components makes it very efficient for repetitive cell construction commonly found in correctional facilities. Production methods also allow quad cell units to be fabricated with integral balonies.
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 correctional clients to meet demanding schedules and reduce general conditions costs. It is also manufactured offsite, minimizing project site disturbance during construction.
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. Precast interior surfaces are also very durable and do not require repair from occupant abuse. 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 correctional and justice clients through its engineering design assist services, reduced detailing and construction trades, ability for cold-weather erection, and overall faster erection and fit-out for quicker occupancy.
Precast is Resilient
Long Service life - Precast concrete is a very durable material that can provide a service life of 100 years. Precast is manufactured in a controlled environment with a high-degree of quality control and low water-cementitious ratios. This results in high compressive strength concrete with low permeability and provides for long-term durability.
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. This helps reduce repairs needed after an event and allows facilities to quickly return to use.
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 correctional and justice owners to save money on HVAC equipment cost.