Lunch N’ Learn

Architectural Precast Presentation

This presentation is designed to last about 40-50 minutes, which allows time for all in attendance to get the prepared lunch and for any questions throughout or at the end. We feel this will be an educational presentation for Architects, Engineers and General Contractors and provides a good opportunity to ask any design, manufacturing or technical questions for Architectural Precast Concrete.

Northwest Precast is a registered provider with AIA and can provide (1) CES credit with attendance of this presentation.

AIA/CES Provider #L451

Course #112009

Below is a basic outline of the presentation:

5–10 minutes

Assemble and ‘grab’ the prepared lunch

30 minutes

Intro: Basic Overview of Architectural Precast

  • How long has it been around?
  • Differences/similarities between Cast Stone and Architectural Precast. (common misconceptions on which to specify on plans)
Benefits of using Architectural Precast.
  • Versatility with the aesthetics.
  • Design Flexibility.
  • Precast manufacturing method favors tight schedules or deadlines.
  • Economic Feasibility.
  • Durability of Precast.
  • LEED possibilities.
What to look for when selecting a precast manufacturer.
  • Industry standards must be followed.
  • Manufacturer must be APA certified. (informative to spec writers)

Admixtures in Concrete

  • Educational review on how the use of admixtures has significantly improved quality and development of Architectural Precast and concrete in general.
  • Also a general overview of the latest admixtures (water reducers, air entrainment and Superplasticizers).
  • Looking for the signs and identifying poorly mixed concrete.
  • SCC concrete.

Precast items

  • Wall Panels
  • Whisper Wall
  • Cornice
  • Sandwich Panels
  • Treads
  • Architectural – Parking Curbs, Pyramid Bases, Risers

Design – Engineering – Product Advancements

  • Precast Attachment – Post damp proofing Case Studies
  • White Cement – Self-Cleaning concrete
  • Water-Proofing
  • Modern 3D design technology (examples and advantages)

Engineered Precast Stairs

  • Advantages compared with typical deck pan stairs.
5–10 minutes

Questions or Comments

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