Discover High Performance Precast, March 18 at noon Pacific, March 20 at noon Eastern
Description: Recent code changes, increasing sustainability requirements, and a challenging economy are just some of the factors increasing demand for high-performance structures. However,
high performance is not business-as-usual. The concept of 'high-performance' encompasses sustainability; however, it goes beyond a 'this-or-that' approach by requiring optimization of all relevant attributes
for a project on a life cycle basis. This presentation will explain what high performance structures are, and how precast concrete can help you achieve your high performance project goals.
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The New York Botanical Gardens’ parking garage and intermodal facility is a total precast structure. A series of monumental forked elements, symbolic of a branch, envelops the building, forming an overall enclosure and vertical trellised landscape. Interstices between the forked elements are covered with a wire trellis planted with flowering vines. These design elements are accented by ribbed precast concrete panels that form the base of the building.
Construction has begun on 100 Pier 4, a new high-rise apartment community developed by The Hanover Company, Houston, Texas. This 21-story apartment complex is located on the pier overlooking the Boston Harbor. It features 369 residential units consisting of studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartment homes, as well as 258 underground parking spaces.
When the architects at Perkins+Will began brainstorming design ideas for the new nine-story employee parking structure at Hartford Hospital, they started by asking themselves how to create an evolutionary transformation of a modern, late-1940s hospital into a definable campus image that can also be a beacon of safety and excellence in service to its community.
Drivers in Easthampton, Massachusetts, were braced for as many as two construction seasons without the Northampton Street Bridge over the Manhan River, requiring a detour around a 1.5-mile stretch of businesses along the road. They were happy to find that the bridge’s design, which included custom-sized precast concrete New England Deck Bulb Tee beams for the superstructure, would allow for the project’s completion in six months; in fact, it was finished in less than five months.
Officials at the Vermont Agency of Transportation required a 100-year service life for the new twin bridges carrying I-91 over VT-44 and Mill Brook in the Town of Windsor. To achieve this goal in the most economical way, designers specified 157-foot precast concrete bulb-tee girders for the four-span bridge.