Archive September 2011

Sustainability: A Building Block of Precast Specialties Corp.


Sustainable Precast

Sustainable is a word and a concept that John D’Amelio, President of Precast Specialties Corp., wants you to think of when you think about precast concrete as a building material. Precast concrete is a sustainable building material and an excellent green building material choice because it is energy efficient, durable and eco-friendly. Because of the versatile application of precast concrete, the use of precast can contribute to the LEED points of a final project. Precast Specialties Corp. thanks all of the builders and contractors we’ve had the opportunity to work with who share our focus on sustainability and look forward to working on even more local and sustainable projects in the future for New England’s built environment. Stay tuned for more information about precast’s sustainable properties.

A Staggering Work of Concrete and Steel


One World Trade Center, New York City

As many know, the National September 11 Memorial opened to the public on Monday. Alongside the memorial, also located at Ground Zero, is another new American landmark, One World Trade Center. While the newest addition to the New York City skyline is still under-construction, not only is the building an architectural wonder, “a constant dance between concrete and steel,” but it is also arguably the most secure building in America.

At its base, the first three floors are made of a “super tough three-foot-thick blend of concrete.” Port Authority Executive Chris Ward explains that this “blast wall” is made from 18,000 lbs per square inch concrete. This special concrete blend will also make up the building’s core. Two-to-six-foot walls of this concrete will protect the vital elements – communications systems, ventilation systems, sprinklers, elevators, etc, making them essentially “fireproof.” Blast-resistant glass encases 20 floors for further protection.

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One World Trade Center is a staggering work of architecture and represents both hope and rebirth. Thanks to innovative uses of steel and concrete, this tower has risen majestically to an iconic 1776 feet tall with unparalleled strength.

Meet Our New VP of Sales


New Precast Specialties Corp. VP
We are pleased to announce that Tim Breen has accepted the position of Vice President of Sales for Precast Specialties Corp.! Tim will responsible for growing the sales base within our existing market areas as well as aggressively expanding into new markets.

Tim brings over eleven years of experience and a proven track record for success in the New England area. As the former New England Sales Manager for Unistress Corporation, which specializes in all areas of garage structures and a variety of other projects utilizing precast concrete, Tim’s knowledge and expertise will undoubtedly benefit Precast Specialties Corp. Tim is a graduate of Marquette University and a LEED AP, and we look forward to having him as part of our knowledgeable team!

Tim can reached at or 508-852-7732.

Featured Architecture Firm: Margulies Perruzzi Architects


Hobbs Brook Office Park
Hobbs Brook Office Park via Margulies Perruzzi Architects website

For over 20 years, Margulies Perruzzi Architects (formerly known as Margulies & Associates) has specialized in designing and building the ultimate workplace for their clients’ needs. Known for their corporate, healthcare and professional services work, Margulies Perruzzi Architects delivers innovative and cutting edge spaces. With numerous awards and achievements, including 3rd Place in the 2011 Sidewalk Sam (Chalk One Up, Common Boston) and ranking as the 18th Largest Architecture Firm in Boston (Boston Business Journal), Margulies Perruzzi Architects “remain[s] at the forefront of new processes…[to] benefit their projects.”

Precast Specialties Corp and Margulies Perruzzi Architects recently teamed up on the Hobbs Brook Office Park in Waltham, MA. With Columbia Construction as the General Contractor, this project won the 2010 Projects Innovation Grand Prize from Buildings Magazine and with the help of sustainable benefits from precast concrete, the building achieved a LEED-Gold certification.