Proj Overview

Coreslab Structures (CONN) Inc. has been selected to participate in the design-assign project for the new $120.8-million Taconic High School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The company has subcontracted fellow PCI member Unistress Corp. to manufacture some components for specific areas of the building, which is now under construction.

A one-story structural precast concrete podium floor plate will support a two-story steel structure that will be clad with insulated architectural panels on half of the building’s footprint. A series of four mix design and various textures have been chosen, including some with custom formliners.

The 246,520-square-foot vocational high school replaces a 1969 structure and will serve the district’s 920 students. Once the new school is completed, the existing building will be demolished. The project has been designed by the architectural firm DRA in Waltham, Massachusetts, with Gilbane Co. in Boston serving as general contractor. Engineer Design Group in Malden, Massachusetts, is the structural engineer, while TRC Worldwide provided precast specialty engineering services.

Coreslab, in Thomaston, Connecticut, will provide a variety of precast concrete components for the building, including structural walls and columns, hollowcore, and insulated architectural walls and spandrels. Unistress, in Pittsfield, will provide precast concrete beams and double tees that will be used for the ceilings of the school’s new technical shop.

Construction is expected to be completed by June 2018, with students beginning classes in the new building that fall.


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Project Team


(wall panels, etc.) Coreslab Structures, (CONN) Inc., Thomaston, CT
(precast beams and double tees) Unistress Corp., Pittsfield, MA


Pittsfield School District, Pittsfield, MA


DRA, Waltham, MA

Structural Engineer

Engineer Design Group, Malden, MA

Construction Manager

Gilbane Building Co., Boston

Precast Concrete Specialty Engineer

TRC Worldwide, Brentwood, TN

Key Project Attributes

  • Structural Precast Elements:
    • 21,600 square feet of structural walls.
    • 49 structural columns.
    • 46,700 square feet of double tees.
    • 9,500 square feet of hollowcore plank.
    • 1,160 linear feet of rectangular, L and IT beams..
  • Architectural Precast Elements:
    • 72,000 square feet of insulated architectural walls and spandrels.

Project/Precast Scope

  • Sq. Footage: 246,520
  • Levels/Floors: one-story