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Precast concrete - Architectural precast concrete, pre-stressed hollow core slabs, transportation/infrastructure, marine components
Lucas Oil Stadium - Home of the Indianapolis Colts
Lucas Oil Stadium is a retractable roof 63,000 seat multi-purpose stadium capable of expanding to 73,000 seats for the 2012 Super Bowl. The brick precast concrete facade was chosen to tie-in with the historic downtown Indianapolis garment district brick buildings and is a sympathetic nod to the design of venerable collegiate football stadia and fieldhouses across the Midwest. Thermal sandwich energy efficient precast wall panels with thin jumbo bricks were used to create a detailed and elegant exterior facade. The precast panels adjacent to the arched entrances incorporated limestone detailing joints within the precast. Careful detailing of the brick coursing was mocked up in order to achieve the arched brick coursing desired.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The new 180,000-square-foot Perot Museum was designed to resemble a sedimentary geological formation. The precast concrete facade satisfies the intent to reflect the geology and stratification of the earth’s surface, through the creation of undulating forms, which are rigorously systematic but seemingly random. The museum opened to the public on Dec 1, 2012, a month ahead of schedule and has won much recognition for its dynamic complex design.
First Baptist Church
The 275,000 sf First Baptist Church is located in the heart of downtown Dallas. Consequently, the building has four primary facades. The majority of the east, west and south exposures feature a pre-insulated, custom-designed precast concrete wall system which is both aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient. The LEED Silver project is comprised of a worship center, children's education building, skybridge, connecting concourse and parking garage.
Opus Hall at Catholic University of America
The seven-story residential LEED Certified facility blends state-of-the-art amenities with a “collegiate Gothic” architectural design. The insulated brick inlay architectural precast concrete exterior blends seamlessly into the style of this traditional campus. Opus Hall showcases a high quality outcome which is a result of true design-build collaboration. A post-construction thermal imaging comparison of Opus Hall and neighboring campus buildings constructed with masonry products validates the energy efficiency of the precast wall system.
UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital – Pavilion A
As the new centerpiece of the $365-million UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital – Pavilion A bridges where art and science of medicine coexist with a brick-inlaid precast concrete exterior that is designed to harmonize with the traditional brick and stone campus. The facility provides a “front door” that unifies the medical center. The High Performance Precast Concrete System features continuous air and vapor barrier with continuous insulation into one efficient system. This provided a calculated performance R-value of R-26 and saved time, materials and money. 2014 PCI Sustainable Design Award and Healthcare /Medical Award (Scott Pease / Pease Photography.com)
St. Regis Hotel and Residences
This 26-story, 634,000 square-foot mixed-use, high-rise building features an innovative architectural precast concrete facade from pedestrian level to the penthouse. The 5-star hotel and custom designed luxury residences feature 151 guest rooms, including 31 suites, and 53 condominiums, as well as a spa and nearly 17,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. The tower also contains a 111,820 square foot below grade parking deck. The structure consists of concrete columns, shear walls and post-tensioned horizontal slabs and rebar.
CTA Beach Comfort Stations
After the Coast Transit Authority in Gulfport, MS lost seven of its comfort stations to the devastating hurricane-force winds of Katrina, four new all-precast concrete structures were constructed to resist future hurricanes and resist surge from the Gulf of Mexico.
Indiana University End Zone Addition
The North End Zone Facility at Indiana University’s football stadium connects the stadium’s two original sides. The design team chose architectural precast concrete to emulate large blocks of quarry limestone which blends with the Gothic limestone architecture of the academic campus.
Jacksonville Main Library
This 300,000 sf monumental building is the first project of this size to showcase a rusticated GATE Stone architectural precast concrete finish to achieve the architect’s desire to simulate classic coquina stone. It is not uncommon to see pedestrians reach out and touch the exterior to feel the texture.
Vistas on the James
Located on the James River, this landmark 18-story mixed use high-rise is Phase Two of a riverfront re-development in a historical district. A brick-inlay architectural precast concrete façade was chosen as an alternative to hand-set brick and cast stone that were used on Phase One. Photos by Advanté Advertising Inc.
Centralia High School
Centralia High School in Centralia, IL, is distinctive because the architect realized in the early stages of the project that the school board's desire to use traditional building materials such as brick and stone cladding could not be accomplished within the budget without sacrificing the scope. The decision to utilize Gate's Architectural Precast High Performance Wall System was the solution to maintaining the design goals and the budget.
- St. Joseph Regional Medical
Cityplace Uptown Station
This unique trolley turntable accommodates the use of unidirectional trolleys and is a focal point for the junction between two city streets. The addition of the trolley turntable allows for more trolley cars to be used making transportation in and out of the city faster and more convenient. This interesting and impressive structure that utilizes the structural and architectural benefits of precast concrete.
Clay County Courthouse
(Photos by Mike Butler) This precast concrete 4-story, 93,000 s.f. courthouse is a major expansion plus renovation to an early 1970s building. To maintain the classic design of the courthouse and bell tower, facilitate construction and reduce the overall schedule the stone elements of the project were designed as architectural precast concrete panels incorporating clay brick infill (thin brick).
Acquilus Luxury Condominiums II & III
This multiple-phase total precast concrete residential project utilizes interior and exterior flat slab walls and hollow-core flooring which reduced the overall construction schedule by months.
University of Florida Genetics & Cancer Research
The 280,000 s.f. seven-story concurrent facilities are LEED certified and clad with brick inlay architectural precast concrete panels which contributed in the points obtained in the Innovation & Design Process Category.
When a hurricane threatens South Florida, the 388,000 s.f. Homestead Hospital is built to withstand the strongest hurricane, a Category Five with winds over 155 miles per hour. The hospital's architectural precast concrete panels provide a safe enclosure. Customed-colored GateStone precast finishes were integral to achieving the Mediterranean design style for the new hospital.
U.S. Federal Courthouse
The 413,000 square foot U.S. Courthouse houses 19 federal agencies in a modern facility. The organized design arranges courtrooms, offices, and public spaces around an open-air rotunda in two offset volumes. The precast concrete exterior meets a variety of federal security standards while offering an aesthetic design that integrates variegated saw-toothed formwork, projecting sills and deep window recesses into a two-story vertical precast concrete wall panels.
USF Residence Hall One
The seven-story total precast concrete structure located on the Gulf Coast offers design flexibility and the best line of defense against fire and hurricane force winds. The total precast design offers a cleaner, safer and more environmentally friendly work site.
NAS Fitness Facility & Rescue Swimmers School
The Swimmer and Fitness School at Pensacola Naval Air Station used a total precast concrete building system that is designed to withstand both external elements (Hurricanes) and internal elements (Indoor Pool Moisture). This building system is aesthetically pleasing visually, environmentally responsible and functional for the owner’s needs.
Grand Prairie ISD
The $45 million four-story, 260,000 square foot Career and Technology High School is located on a 23-acre site that is a very prominent structure that is visible for miles in either direction. The architectural precast concrete exterior simulates large blocks of natural shell stone chiseled out of the ground and stood in place.
Lincoln East Parking Garage
Lincoln East, a six-story parking garage sits in the center of Miami’s vibrant artistic, cultural and retail district. The garage is comprised of 200,000 SF including 17,000 SF of ground-level retail and 490 public parking spaces. Aesthetics was a primary issue in the design. The exterior precast cladding features pure white, art deco penetrations. Photo by Miami In Focus, Inc.
Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
Designed by Grimshaw Architects, the three-story museum and newly named Frost Planetarium features distinctive design elements created with architectural precast concrete systems. Custom formliners were used to create the innovative exterior of the museum and the full dome of the self-supporting planetarium. Located in downtown Miami’s Museum Park, the new Museum is scheduled to open to the public in 2016. Photos by Miami In Focus
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One of the nation’s largest precast concrete suppliers has been recognized by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) for design excellence in its 2014 Design Awards Program and in its Sidney Freedman Craftsmanship competition Read More