Archive November 2011

Precast Specialties Corp. Provides Local, Sustainable Precast for the First LEED Building in Norwood


Precast Specialties Corp. Precast Concrete in LEED Silver Building
Expected to achieve LEED Silver certification by the US Green Building Council, the latest office building project that will house FM Global and Dedham Medical Associates located in Norwood began this November by Hobbs Brook Management LLC. With Marguiles Perruzzi Architects, a longtime Precast partner, and construction manager CM Columbia Construction, Hobbs Brook Management continues its reputation of incorporating energy efficient and green building practices into this new structure.

“Marguiles Perruzzi Architects designed the building to accommodate tenants with separate entrances and lobbies for each…A shared café resides on the FM Global side of the building but is accessible to Dedham Medical patients from an exterior door. The new building was sited to fit in to the complex of office buildings that comprises FM Global’s Center for Property Risk Solutions…The façade of precast concrete and metal rainscreen panels was chosen to blend into the context of the other buildings.

“The new building will be designed, constructed, and operated as a high-performance green building. Planned features include: 22% optimized energy performance; high performance HVAC equipment; 40% water use reduction; drought resistant plants, indigenous to the region that minimize the needs for irrigation water; bioswale and rain gardens that remove silt and pollution from surface water runoff prior to releasing in to the storm water system; a high reflection roof to reduce heat islands and to reduce building energy needs; solar shading on exterior window system to cut down on heat gain in the building; and the implementation of recycled and regional building product materials .” (High Profile)

Participate in the Next Precast Lunch and Learn


AIA Rhode Island
Now featured on the AIA Rhode Island website, Precast Specialties Corp. will be sponsoring the next Lunch and Learn event, titled “Building Your Vision,” on December 14th at 12pm at the AIA Rhode Island chapter office located at 148 Washington Street in Providence.

This Lunch and Learn with focus on architectural precast in building including different types of architectural precast concrete, the benefits of choosing precast, composition and finishes, the benefits of early consultations and project schedule gains when selecting precast as your building material.

AIA members should RSVP to Lisa Myers at Precast Specialties Corp. 781 878-7220 ext 217 or

The Lunch and Learn program was developed by the Architectural Precast Association and participants earn 1 AIA CES LU (Learning Units toward continuing education credits).

What Makes Precast Concrete a Sustainable Building Material? Durability.


Durable Precast Concrete
Strong, sustainable, high performance precast concrete resists weather, fire, corrosion, accidental damage and vandalism. It will not burn, rust or rot. It can be used for versatile and customizable architectural applications, roadway products, landscaping needs and sound barriers. No matter what the application, durable precast concrete from Precast Specialties Corp. contributes to the sustainable design of New England’s built environment.

The extended service life of a structure designed and built with sustainable precast concrete has a reduced environmental impact, yet durability does not prevent design flexibility. We offer a versatile selection of surface textures and colors in a variety of shapes and sizes to make your sustainable precast concrete buildings attractive for a lifetime of low-maintenance durability.

The New Solar Products Group Marks Impressive Expansion for Precast Specialties Corp.


Solar Products Group with custom precast foundations and ballast assemblies for ground mount systems
With a continued focus on sustainable, eco-friendly practices and products, Precast Specialties Corp. is proud to announce the formation of our new Solar Products Group.

Formed to meet a growing need for the solar photovoltaic industry that is rapidly growing throughout the Northeast and beyond, the Solar Products Group manufactures custom precast foundations and ballast assemblies for ground mount systems in addition to standard and custom sized ballast blocks for roof mount applications. We’ve been producing precast components for many of the large solar projects in New England and can offer customers the experience and reliability to deliver price and schedule that is critical to the success of a project. Having architectural precast capability in our DNA allows us to fabricate any shape, color or features necessary to meet any aesthetic or structural requirement in addition to efficiently producing standard, repeatable product to meet any schedule.

Solar Products Group Easthampton Project

As the precast industry continues to evolve, along with a focus on solar, Precast Specialties Corp. has maintained a focus on high quality, low cost products including architectural precast panels, precast roadway products and custom precast products. Our Abington, MA-based facility is certified by both the Architectural Precast Association (APA) and National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA). Please contact Tim Breen at for more information and additional pricing.