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Sleek and Stunning, The Time Has Come For Chic Precast


Concrete ClocksPhoto from Contemporist

We couldn’t help but share this amazing use of concrete featured on design website Contemporist. From Sweden-based Kvarnen Studio and Forsberg Form, the TIDVIS collection is a group of visually stunning, minimalistic concrete grandfather clocks.

Concrete Clocks Featured on Contemporist

Photo from Contemporist

We are always looking for inspiration, and we found it in these clocks. At Precast Specialties Corp., our Architectural Products Group produces wall panels and trim work built to each customer’s specification. Our Roadway Products Group manufacturers precast curbing, parking bumpers and guardrail posts used by municipalities, developers, owners and contractors throughout the Northeast. In our Custom Products Groups, we work with architects and contractors to supply a range of custom precast materials to make sure the project is done right. From new finishes to interesting designs, we know that precast is an untapped resource for design inspiration.

Precast: Product of the Future


Photo via NPCA

From a recent article on the National Precast Concrete Association blog, the growing interest and popularity of precast concrete use by architects was evident at the 2011 AIA National Conference – despite a Saturday morning, 7am presentation timeslot, Peter Seibert, Technical Director at Ductal® for Lafarge North America, the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the U.S. and Canada, packed the house for his presentation on “Sustainable Architectural Precast Elements for the 22nd Century.”

In his presentation, Seibert discussed the evolution of the precast product:

“By using precast UHPC (ultra-high performance concrete) elements, architects can design complex, thin shapes in a near endless number of colors and textures. Things that have never been possible before are now possible. By using a unique mix design containing fiber reinforcement, compressive strength in excess of 20,000 psi (possibly attaining 36,000 psi) can be achieved.  The increased durability aspect of UHPC makes this material ideal for building precast elements with longevity in mind…Concrete has been around for centuries, but with the possibilities that precast creates and the growing number of ways it’s being used, the surface has only been scratched on what the future holds for the industry.”

With our own constant focus on the future of precast, Precast Specialties Corp. employs the latest technologies and sustainable practices to not only meet your precast concrete needs but contribute to the achievement of LEED points on you project and provide aesthetic design components through our products.

The Beauty of Concrete


Precast Concrete Architectural Finishes
Think: precast = heavy, gray slab.
Rethink: precast = beautiful design element featuring a variety of architectural textures and colors.

Not only is precast concrete an incredible material for its cost savings, green properties and multitude of uses, at Precast Specialties Corp., we can also customize precast to elevate a project design. With a variety of architectural finishes available, meeting aesthetic design needs can be accomplished whether we are working on a new project or adding to an existing structure.

With finishes, the concrete texture can be modified, ranging anywhere from a honed or polished surface to a raw, more exposed, aggregate concrete surface. Our finishes include:

Light Sandblast

Light Sandblast: achieved by giving the precast panel a light sandblasting to remove the cement skin from the surface, resulting in a finish that is smooth, sand-textured

Medium Sandblast

Medium Sandblast: achieved by sandblasting the finished surface to remove the matrix and expose and etch the coarse aggregate

Heavy Sandblast

Heavy Sandblast: achieved by sandblasting the surface to remove the matrix and expose and etch the coarse aggregate with the depth of the blast determined by the desired texture and the target color as influenced by the color of the matrix and the coarse aggregate

Exposed Aggregate – Waterwashed

Exposed Aggregate – Waterwashed: achieved by the application of a chemical retarder to the surface of the form that prevents the matrix from hardening at the surface of the panel to a specific depth; after curing, this unhardened layer of matrix at the surface of the panel is removed by a high pressure water-washing, exposing the coarse aggregates

Thin Brick

Thin Brick: achieved by placing the brick “tiles” into the form and casting concrete behind them to achieve a large precast panel with a brick veneer face, offering the look of brick with the benefits and efficiency of precast concrete

Form Liner

Form Liner: achieved by using a liner in the casting form to implant a particular finish to the face of the panel, the only design limitation being the imagination of the architect