The Shops at Walnut Creek project includes five big-box retail stores, one mid-size store, and restaurant. The shops are designed utilizing 624 precast concrete pieces for both the floor and exterior walls. Both phases, a total of over 60,000 square feet of retail floor space, were erected in less than eight weeks. To reduce overall project cost and schedule, floors are constructed using prestressed double tees with supporting inverted tee beams and L-beams, eliminating over-excavating and the need to import compacted structural fill. Precast prestressed insulated wall panels were cast with integral thin brick, providing the owner with the benefits of cost and time-savings over full-size, hand-laid brick.
The stores are part of a large “lifestyle center,” offering the modern convenience of a wide variety of shopping opportunities while maintaining a “Victorian village” atmosphere. Incorporating elements from local and European historical styles, the shops are a study in architectural design.
Architectural precast concrete provided the versatility needed to meet the project’s aesthetic goals of providing a unique design concept to each shop, while maintain a village atmosphere.
Precast allowed two phases of over 60,000 square feet to be erected in less than eight weeks.