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.
Gate Precast worked with the design team to create a unique finish to approximate the surface of coquina stone for the main library in Jacksonville. The GATE Stone finish on this monumental building has inspired many owners and architects to choose this custom finish taking advantage of the different variations in texture, veinage and color. Gate’s engineering team panelized the project reducing the original piece count from 3,470 to 2,034 pieces, which reduced handling and erection time to ensure that the aggressive schedule was met.
Precast System Details
57,088 SF of GateStone Finish Architectural Precast
Precast Concrete Advantages
- The choice of precast concrete over natural hand set stone accelerated the construction schedule and lessened the contractor's cost significantly. A project of this size surpassed the production range of a block/stone manufacturer.
- Intrinsic durability and longevity of precast provides long-term beauty and reduces maintenance costs
Digital Design Resources
From the Architect:
" For the main library for the city of Jacksonville, we wanted to create a unique finish to approximate the surface of coquina stone. We are pleased with the look achieved with precast."
- Jacksonville, FL
- Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Rolland, DelValle & Bradley
- The Auchter Company | Elkins | Lodestar | Parris Joint Venture Co.
- City of Jacksonville
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