stadiums and arenas
Precast is Superb for Stadiums and Arenas
It’s not a surprise that most stadiums and arenas are built with precast concrete. These projects require versatility in their design; resiliency to stand-up to heavy loads, traffic, and weather; and must be built quickly to meet tight deadlines. High performance precast concrete meets these challenges and provides superb value to all entertainment stakeholders. Precast allows designers to create essentially any shape and configuration allowing for more open spaces, enhanced pedestrian flow, and less obstructed views. Precast also reduces overall life-cycle costs whether from a maintenance perspective, or from a thermal performance perspective for conditioned space. When combined with the inherent resiliency, durability and speed precast concrete construction provides, the choice is clear.
Precast is Versatile
Aesthetic Versatility – Precast allows designers to create a wide range of aesthetic effects and colors, affordably incorporate historic elements, and integrate a diverse array of façade elements into a single precast panel.
Structural Versatility – Precast concrete is a structural system that enables designers to integrate structural and architectural reducing materials, detailing, costs, construction complexity and more. Precast systems also afford designers flexibility to create more open spaces, enhanced pedestrian flow, and better views which are critical to the success of entertainment venues.
Precast is Efficient
Accelerated Construction - Precast concrete is one of the fastest building systems available, helping meet tight schedules and opening operations fast. Erection is typically not delayed by weather, helping projects accelerate schedules. It is not It is also manufactured offsite minimizing project site disturbance, while maximizing quality.
Thermally Efficient – Precast wall systems provide a continuous air barrier (as required by the 2012 IECC), a vapor barrier, and can provide edge-to-edge, continuous insulation (meeting ASHRAE 90.1) all in one system.
Reduce Life Cycle Costs – Precast does not rot, rust, degrade in the presence of sunlight or water, or require painting in most applications. Precast systems typically have fewer joints as compared to many other systems, and joint maintenance is simplified, as these are easily inspected and replaced as necessary. When combined with the energy savings, overall life-cycle costs are reduced.
Risk Reduction - Precast concrete construction reduces professional liability risk for design professionals and business risk for owners through its engineering design assist services, reduced detailing and construction trades, and faster erection and fit-out for faster revenues.
Precast is Resilient
Multi-hazard Protection – Precast inherently provides protection from natural and man-made disasters. Precast does not combust and provides passive fire protection, as well resistance to earthquakes, storms, and external explosions.
Long Service Life – Precast concrete is a very durable material that can provide a service life of 100 years. Precast is manufactured in a controlled environment with a high-degree of quality control and low water-cementitious ratios. This results in high compressive strength concrete with low permeability and provides for long-term durability.
Improved Indoor Environmental Quality – Precast does not contain VOCs, or provide a food source for mold. Furthermore its thermal mass helps to provide a more uniform temperature inside as structure improving occupant comfort.