High Grades when it comes to K-12 Schools

Posted on December 2, 2020 by Jeff Holt

School administrators and designers are recognizing the numerous advantages that precast concrete architectural panels and structural systems can offer K-12 school projects. Precast buildings can greatly accelerate construction time to meet tight occupancy deadlines; provide competitive construction costs with significantly reduced lifecycle costs; and provide a variety of architectural finishes to blend with a campus’ institutional look or create a cutting-edge modern style.OFW72_GilbertHS

  • Insulated sandwich wall panels utilize rigid insulation sandwiched between inside and outside concrete layers providing a continuous insulation profile. As a result, walls will not generate hot or cold spots along the perimeter, producing a more comfortable and energy efficient school. Additionally, electrical conduit and switch boxes can be cast into the wall panels

  • Designers have utilized precast for its wide range of versatile aesthetics from multiple exposed aggregate textures such as sandblast, acid etch, water wash & polished , integrally cast thin brick, variety of colors, multiple reveal patterns, as well as casting in school mascots profiles
  • Structural floors and ceilings utilize precast hollowcore and double tees providing longer spans with fewer columns, often used in large-volume assembly areas (gymnasiums, theaters, cafeterias, natatoriums) to accommodate the longer spans required.

  • Even more advantages are achieved when the components are combined in a total precast concrete system, which integrates the building’s structural frame with the architectural façade and thermal envelope.

  • Precast concrete components save money in many ways, both for capital construction budgets and long-term operational needs. Savings include costs often hidden within the overall construction budget and create advantages that continue throughout the building’s lifecycle. Review our Benefits of Precast webpage for more detail.

  • Precast concrete schools take less time to design than that of other conventional material, due to lessened details required for precast panelized system and the ability to replicate components.

  • Manufacturing of precast components are fabricated under factory-controlled conditions, winter does not impact production schedules, in addition it can be installed in almost all-weather conditions.

  • State codes and school administrations have recognized the importance of shelter spaces within the school. Precast offers the strength and security demanded by an unfortunate weather event. Learn more at our Precast for Schools and Storm Shelter webpage.

  • Precast's speed of construction accelerates construction schedules and provides early dry-in for interior trades

  • Precast’s thermally efficient envelope is environmentally friendly, provides strong acoustical control and contributes to a healthier indoor environment by creating no off gassing and provides no food source for mold or mildew  

Whether a capital program involves expansion of a single school or construction of multiple campuses precast concrete provides benefits to contribute to its success making it a strong choice for every school project.  For more detail, take a look at our Education Brochure.

Jeff Holt
Sales | Estimating

Reference: Architectural Record, schools of the 21st century 01.07 (sponsored by PCI)