This week’s precast news comes to us from Bismarck, North Dakota. The Dickinson Public School system recently granted local company Wells Concrete a precast concrete package for a new construction project on an elementary school. There has been significant population growth in western North Dakota, forcing the Dickinson Public School system to restructure based on additions and size limitations.
The full team working on the project is Hulsing & Associates Architects, Comstock Construction and Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services (AE2S). Wells Concrete provides the team with precast wall panels (with exposed precast interiors that can be painted) in a mix of thin brick and sandblast. Electrical components are imbedded in the panels. Ground was broken on the project in May.
This is not the first time the school was expanded. Prairie Rose K-5 Elementary was built in April, 1977. Filled to capacity, a year later Prairie Rose was restructured, gaining 3949 square feet of new land to accommodate 71 more students, as well as new office areas, library sections and toilet areas.
The advantage of using precast here is in the speed and integrity of the materials. Precast can be quickly erected and placed, which also has the benefit of reducing labor costs. It’s also very sturdy and dependable for a construction material. These are important perks, as the school needs to be ready for the 2013-2014 school year.
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