Proj Overview
The Vue at BlueStone, located in Duluth, Minnesota, features 193 luxury, pet-friendly apartment homes with studio, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom floor plans. The apartment homes feature oversized windows, expansive ceilings, custom cabinets, in-home laundry and more. Residents of the Vue at BlueStone can enjoy a year-round indoor swimming pool, large hot tub, steam rooms, fitness areas, oversized great room, game room with a golf simulator, co-working space, large outdoor lawn terrace, underground heated parking, pet spa, and a 5th floor clubroom for entertaining and events.

Taracon Precast produced the precast concrete pieces that were used to construct the podium for the structure. The precast concrete podium consists of one level of underground parking and the first-floor residential level. Four additional wood framed levels of residential apartments sit on top of the precast concrete podium. The precast concrete podium utilizes 87 precast concrete columns, 161 beams, and 84,648 square feet of solid slabs and hollow core plank. The pool that is situated in the center of the residential level of the podium is framed by spandrel beams. The exterior of the building is a mixture of masonry brick, and several different types of siding.

The Farmer’s Almanac lists Duluth as the second worst winter weather city in the country, so it’s not surprising that precast concrete was selected for this project since it was scheduled to be constructed during the winter months. Fortunately for places like Duluth, precast concrete offers rapid on-site installation and cost effectiveness even in frigid weather. Precast also provides an immediate barrier to the elements, including insulating properties against the cold, allowing work to be done inside the building.


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Project Team


Doran Architecture


BKBM Engineers Inc


Doran Construction Company


Vue at Bluestone, LLC


Taracon Precast

Precast Specialty Engineer:

Midwest Structure Engineering

PCI Certified Erector:

Wysan Precast Services

Key Project Attributes

  • Spandrel beams utilized to frame the pool at the podium level.
  • Locations identified where solid grouted cores were needed for tie-downs.
  • Transfer beams incorporated where hollowcore was not adequate to support point loads.
  • Exterior cores were spray foamed to achieve necessary R-value.

Project/Precast Scope

  • 161 precast beams
  • 87 16x16 columns
  • 84,648 square feet of hollowcore/slabs