The Brown Lofts features a full-masonry façade to create an old-world image for upscale apartments. To create the two levels of parking that serve as a base for the four-story, 64-unit apartment building, designers needed a fast, economical, durable material.
Precast concrete components, comprising beams, columns, interior wall panels, and hollowcore were specified. “We looked at a lot of options, but after our cost analysis and the ease with which it could be installed, precast concrete was the clear choice,” says Shane Fry, architect/owner at Brownhouse, the architectural firm on the project.
Brownhouse worked closely with the construction team to optimize layouts and maximize effectiveness of precast concrete components. “There are many unique beam shapes, in part because of the zero lot lie, which created some site issues.”
Precast also aided in designing interior tall walls due to its economics and ability to cast long pieces.