|Kellogg Elementary School was originally planned as a masonry project but was converted to precast concrete due to the value it added and because it was friendlier to the project’s budget. Kerkstra Precast manufactured and erected 187 insulated wall panels (35,332 square feet) and 46 six-inch solid panels (8,053 square feet) on this project. The project features thin brick as well as a wood-grain form liner finish.
Safety, sustainability, and schedule are all large components to the success of building a school. The goal for this project was to build a safe place for students and teachers to learn, grow, and use for many years to come.
Precast concrete can withstand damage from extreme conditions including floods, high winds, debris, ice, blasts, and vibrations. It can tolerate freeze-thaw cycles better than other materials and won’t decay or crumble as it expands and contracts. Because of its fire resistance, it can help increase fire containment times, which ultimately creates safer environments.
Building with precast concrete takes up to 60% less time than conventional framing methods. By utilizing a vertically integrated process, every solution is engineered and modeled in advance, then fabricated to exacting standards.