Proj Overview

Project Overview

The Eurocenter II in Santa Fe, Mexico, is the central element of one of the nation’s largest mixed-use urban development projects. Designers used precast concrete featuring 1300 architectural precast concrete mullions with white marble aggregates combined with hundreds of glass shades to create a precast concrete-and-glass web across the front and back of the building. The design incorporated a shading system that is manufactured in concrete without blocking the magnificent views the location offers, with smoothly finished precast concrete panels on the sides to complete the structure.

Separation of the precast concrete panels from the glass and aluminum enclosures required architectural finishes on all four surfaces of each concrete element so the inside views of the precast concrete became part of the scenery.

Precast Solution

The chisel-hammered precast concrete elements, which measure up to 226 ft2 (21 m2) each, were arranged randomly to add visual appeal. The precast concrete design helped the owner achieve schedule, durability, and sustainability goals, while the vertical mullions solved the required energy efficiency and short schedule requirements with a spectacular attractive façade.

By manufacturing the elements outside the jobsite, it allowed for precise alignment and reduced jobsite complications for these visually freestanding elements. The exposed granite aggregate and highly textured skin also requires minimum maintenance in a finish that will last for decades.

 

Awards
2013 Design AwardsBest Mixed-Use Building
Project Team

Architect

TEN Arquitectos 

Contractor and Engineer of Record

Geométrica Developers 

Owner

Collective Ownership 

Precaster & Precast Specialty Engineer

Pretecsa 

Photo Credit

Pretecsa

Key Project Attributes

  • Precast concrete allowed for unique visual effects
  • Precast delivers energy efficiency and cost savings meeting goals for this project
  • Precast concrete design helped the owner achieve schedule, durability, and sustainability goals

Project/Precast Scope

  • Project Size: 85,304 ft2 (7925 m2)
  • 1300 architectural precast concrete mullions
  • Precast concrete elements: 226 ft2 (21 m2) each