Precast Concrete Enclosures
A46 ARCH 435F - Spring 2021
The primary goal of the course is to enable students to design and materialize full-scale building envelopes using precast concrete. The class was awarded a $50,000, 4-year PCI Foundation grant in collaboration with Gate Precast, to lay the foundation of applied research in precast concrete building enclosures. Students design, document and materialize real-scale molds that were cast at Gate’s plant in Ashland City, TN. The materialization of full-scale prototypes requires cooperation with industry partners as it provides access to resources that are not generally available at higher education institutions. This partnership enables interconnection between students’ academic learning and real applications, methods and products of the precast concrete industry.