As 100-year life-cycles have become the rule rather than the exception, precast concrete structures can accommodate change easily and economically with the appropriate choice of interior systems and access floors for connectivity. An open floor plate allows a flexible interior that can accommodate a variety of tenant scenarios. Column-free space allows additional flexibility in floor plans and layouts. Shallow floor thicknesses with fewer beams provide unobstructed ceiling cavities for mechanical and electrical systems.
In addition to a beautiful structure, a precast concrete building is resilient, able to stand anything Mother Nature throws at it. Resilient buildings are a top priority in the wake of recent severe storms, fires, and other natural and manmade disasters. Precast concrete performs well in fire, as it does not burn and does not emit any toxic fumes when affected by fire.
It also meets all FEMA P-361 criteria for safe rooms, which must provide near-absolute protection from wind and wind-blown objects in the most serious windstorms such as tornadoes. Experience has shown many times that precast concrete buildings are the last ones standing.