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Designer's Notebooks: Blast Considerations (DN-14-04), 2004, Free PDF Download

This Designer's Notebook discusses items to consider in designing for blast resistance of architectural precast concrete.

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Designer's Notebooks: Sustainability (DN-16-10), 2010, Free PDF Download

This Designer's Notebook discusses how precast concrete contributes to a sustainable structure and includes where precast can assist in obtaining LEED credits.

This Designer's Notebook has been updated. Please see DN-33.

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Designer's Notebooks: Window Panels (DN-05-99), 1999, Free PDF Download

This Designer's Notebook discusses the considerations for design architectural panels with window openings. Architectural perspective and examples provided by John Hesseler, AIA and Jeff, LaRue, AIA, HKS, Inc., Dallas, TX.

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Designer's Notebooks: Sculptural Forms (DN-10-01), 2001, Free PDF Download

This Designer's Notebook discusses the use of form liners, the sculpturing of the surface and lettering. Architectural perspective and examples provided by Steve Brubaker, HOK, St. Louis, MO.

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Designer's Notebooks: Design Economy (DN-11-02), 2002, Free PDF Download

This Designer's Notebook offers insight on manufacturing and finishing processes to help achieve design goals and control costs. Architectural perspective and examples by Kevin Cantley, President and CEO, Cooper Carry, Atlanta, GA.

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Designer's Notebooks: Specification Guidance (DN-13-03), 2003, Free PDF Download

This Designer's Notebook discusses specification considerations with emphasis on clay and stone veneer-faced panels. Architects perspective and examples provided by Timothy Taylor, Gensler, Washington, DC.

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Designer's Notebooks: Energy Conservation and Condensation Control (DN-15-06), 2006, Free PDF Download

This Designer's Notebook discusses the attributes of precast concrete for energy conservation. Thermal resistance (R-values), heat capacity, thermal mass, condensation control, vapor retarders, air barriers, application of insulation and sandwich wall panels are all discussed.

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Designer's Notebooks: Acoustics (DN-18-08), 2008, Free PDF Download

This Designer's Notebook explains architectural acoustics and its use within the industry. It contains information on sound levels, transmission loss and absorption as well as acceptable noise criteria, and composite walls considerations.

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Designer's Notebooks: Envelope Tolerances for Architectural Precast (DN-24-12), 2012, Free PDF Download

This Designer's Notebook presents product and erection tolerances and discusses required clearances and interfacing tolerances required for joining different building materials.

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Designer's Notebooks: Design and Construction Responsibilities for Architectural Precast Concrete (DN-28-13), 2013, Free PDF Download

This Designer's Notebook provides a guide for all parties involved in a precast concrete project and defines the responsibilities of each party.

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Designer's Notebooks: Sustainability (DN-33), Free PDF Download

This Designer's Notebook discusses how precast concrete contributes to a sustainable structure and includes information on LEED v4, International Green Construction Code (IgCC -2015), Life Cycle Assessment, Product Category Rules (PCRs), Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), and more.

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Designer's Notebooks: Bullnoses (DN-01-98), 1998, Free PDF Download

The first in the Designer's Notebook series, this piece begins with the advantages of precast in repetition and mold efficiency. It explains the design interest and dimension potential of bullnoses, and includes figures and examples. Architectural perspective and examples provided by Anthony I. Lumsden, Principal, Anthony I. Lumsden & Associates, Los Angeles, CA.

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Designer's Notebooks: Cornices (DN-02-98), 1998, Free PDF Download

This Designer's Notebook explains the significant aesthetic and functional advantages of cornices in architectural precast structures. It discusses the three primary functions of cornices, along with design and flashing options. Architectural perspective and examples provided by Richard E. Fencl, AIA, Director of Technical Services, Loebl Schlossman & Hackl/Hague Richards, Chicago,... Details

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Designer's Notebooks: Reveals (DN-03-98), 1998, Free PDF Download

This Designer's Notebook provides background and details on ways to take full advantage of reveals to break up the expanse of a wall or to minimize visual differences in color or texture of a wall. Architectural perspective and examples provided by W. Kenneth Wiseman, AIA, Partner, Lehman/Smith/Wiseman Associates LLC, Washington, DC.

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Designer's Notebooks: Successful Planning with Architectural Samples (DN-20-09), 2009, Free PDF Download

This Designer's Notebook discusses the development of samples starting with the PCI Color and Texture Selection Guide, prebid production approval and range samples as well as mockups for production approval. Assessment of samples and finished product is also discussed.

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Designer's Notebooks: Weathering (DN-29-14), 2014, Free PDF Download

This Designer's Notebook discusses how the action of weathering, how it may enhance or detract from the visual appearance of a building, and the versatility of precast concrete to allow for different shapes, textures, and details to counteract many of the negative effects of weathering.

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Designer's Notebooks: Connections (DN-32), Free PDF Download

This Designer's Notebook provides an overview of the design concepts for connections of architectural precast concrete enclosure systems. This includes the types of connections and hardware as well as design considerations, such as fireproofing. The article also addresses who is typically responsibly to supply field hardware.

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Designer's Notebooks: Terra Cotta-Faced Precast Concrete (DN-35), Free PDF Download

Designer's Notebook covering Terra Cotta-Faced Precast Concrete.

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Designer's Notebooks: Design Factors Affecting Aesthetics of Architectural Precast Concrete (DN-27-13), 2013, Free PDF Download

Explains the finish options of precast concrete and describes methods used to achieve color, form and texture for precast concrete finishes. Explains how clay products and natural stones can be veneered to precast and describes two stage (sequential) casting and its advantages and use.

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Designer's Notebooks: Fire Resistance (DN-31) Free PDF Download

In the interest of life safety and property protection, building codes require that resistance to fire be considered in the design of buildings. The degree of fire resistance required depends on the type of occupancy, the size of the building, its location (proximity to property lines and within established fire zones), and in some cases, the amount and type of fire detection and ex... Details

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