Designers needed a precise aesthetic look for the $170-million convention center and hotel being constructed in downtown Lancaster, which was built in 1730 and has become densely populated.
The biggest obstacle consisted of working around the existing structures, many of which would be integrated into the new complex.
The architectural precast concrete panels chosen for the project feature embedded thin brick and a panelized system that the precaster worked out during the design phase with the architect to optimize the piece count.
A regimented schedule was created to ship in pieces as they were needed to avoid creating a backlog of materials.
The precast panels were designed to blend with nearby historic buildings. Some pieces were finished with a buff sandblast finish to complement limestone, and detailed pieces above the windows and doorways throughout the new structure echo its ornate Beaux Arts carvings.