No matter what design an architect may conceive, precast concrete can be used to translate that design into reality. Incorporating a variety of colors, textures, and finishes makes each architectural precast concrete project a custom fit. 

Precast concrete building systems can be adapted to a wide variety of project designs, types, and needs. Precast concrete can not only provide the aesthetic versatility needed to create iconic to traditional finishes and shapes for enclosures; but also provide the continuous insulation, continuous air barrier, and vapor barrier all in the same system. In some cases, precast concrete enclosure systems can also be used as part of the structural system, thereby reducing redundancy and increasing usable floor space.

Precast concrete design results in a building that showcases the material with open spaces and an absence of superfluous materials. Precast concrete structures are designed for resilience, durability, and robustness. The material and construction method are durable in the face of natural and man-made events, and is designed to last the test of time. 

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Architectural Resources

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Guide Specifications

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Project Profiles

Winter 2024: Defined by Versatility and Respect for History
Firm: Robert A. M. Stern Architects (RAMSA)
Projects: Science and Allied Health Building at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Villanova University’s Center for the Performing Arts, Villanova, Pa.

Winter 2023: Precast Concrete Aids Architects in Adapting Historic Buildings
Firm: Antunovich Associates
Projects: The Orchard, Chicago, Ill.; 609 West Randolph Street, Chicago; Lincoln Commons, Chicago

Winter 2022: RB+B’s Designs Embrace New Approaches to Learning
Firm: RB+B Architects
Projects: Prairie Heights Middle School, Evans, Colo.; Severance Middle School, Severance, Colo.; Wellington Middle School, Wellington, Colo.

Summer 2022: Precast Concrete Sustains Innovation in Parking Structures
Firm: Fennick McCredie Architecture
Projects: Gateway parking structure at University of Massachusetts Boston, Continental Rental Care Center at Logan International Airport, Boston, Mass.

Winter 2021: Transforming the Urban Fabric with Precast Concrete
Projects: Water Street Tampa, Tampa, Fla.; 550 Vanderbilt, 25 Park Row, One South First, 535 Carlton, Webster Avenue

Fall 2021: Strength of Purpose
Firm: Neumann/Smith
Projects: Huntington Tower, Detroit, Mich.; SoMA, Detroit; the Z, Detroit; The Webster Store, Los Angeles, Calif.

Summer 2020: Design-Build Pioneers
Firm: Haskell
Projects: Miami-Dade College, Miami, Fla.; Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.; St. Armands parking structure, Sarasota, Fla.; Baptist Medical Center and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla.; Sports Complex Garage, Jacksonville, Fla.

Fall 2020: Jacobs Tackles Global Challenges with Precast Concrete
Firm: Jacobs
Projects: U.S. Air Force Air Traffic Control Tower and Base Operations Building, California; P-469 U.S. Navy Bachelor Enlisted Quarters, Guam

Winter 2019: Perkins+Will Architects
Firm: Perkins+Will
Projects: San Jose State University Student Union, San Jose, Calif.; University of Kansas Integrated Sciences Building, Lawrence, Kans.; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

Summer 2019: More Than Just Architecture
Firm: Hucakabee
Projects: West Texas, High School, West, Texas; Dr. Sarah K. Jandrucko Academy for Early Learners, Mansfield, Texas; West Maine elementary; Lancaster, Texas

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Featured Projects

Mount Sinai Medical Center Skolnick Surgical Tower

Miami Beach, FL

1323 Morse Ave.

Chicago, IL

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Temple

Tucson, AZ

University of Minnesota Pioneer Hall

Minneapolis, MN

Additional Resources

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PCI Design Awards

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Sustainable Design

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Life-Cycle Assessment

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Environmental Product Declarations

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Sustainability FAQ's

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eLearning Center

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Learn @ Lunch Programs

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