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Architectural Precast

Architectural Precast

Precast is a minimum 4" thick concrete panel system that looks like many natural stones and granites by exposing the beautiful aggregates within the mix designs.

Panel Description

Architectural precast consists of a solid concrete panel that typically has a 4" minimum thickness. This overall thickness may need to be increased depending on these factors.

  • The section shape of panel has deep returns, deep reveals or protruding bullnose features.
  • Designer chooses to adhere natural or manmade materials to the face of panel. (ie. Thin Brick, Granite, Limestone, or Tile)
  • Additional structural strength needed due to: longer spans between connection points, to take on additional external loads such as auto impact in parking garages, or blast loading, etc.

A 4" thick panel weighs approximately 55 pounds per square foot of surface area. This weight may considerably affect the design and overall cost of the structure and the prewelded items necessary for the attachment of panels.

The maximum panel size is determined by material properties, project requirements and shipping limits.

Architectural Design Capabilities

There are few limits to the sections, shapes and finishes that can be produced with architectural precast concrete. The mix design of architectural precast concrete typically consists of: white cement; ½" to ¾" aggregate; sand; and a color additive to achieve the Designers desired look. There are few limits to the colors that the Designer can choose from and all of our designs are custom made for each individual project. Architectural precast concrete gives the designer the option to choose between a light or heavy sandblasted finish. A heavier sand blast will expose the aggregate in the mix and can produce a different color/texture affect. Architectural precast concrete also gives the option to adhere different natural and manmade materials to the face (Granite, 1 1/8"; Limestones, 1 1/8" to 2"; Brick, ½" to 1"; and Tile, approx. 5/16"). The overall thickness of the panel will typically be 4" plus the thickness of face material.



Architectural Precast Projects

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Central Place

San Jose, CA

Architectural Precast with light sandblast

Architect:
SB Architects

General Contractor:
Webcor Builders

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UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

San Francisco, CA

Architectural Precast

Architect:
Stantech

General Contractor:
DPR Construction Co.

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UC Davis Emergency and Trauma Center

Palo Alto, CA

Architectural Precast with heavy sandblast

Architect:
Gordon A. Chong & Partners

General Contractor:
Swinerton

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Capitol Area East End Complex Buildings 171-174, 225

Sacramento, CA

Architectural Precast with simulated Brick form liner

Architect:
Gruen Associates / Fentress Architects

General Contractor:
Clark Construction / Hensel Phelps Construction

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Reno Federal Courthouse

Reno, NV

Architectural Precast with heavy sandblast

Architect:
Cazzaza, Peetz & Mickey

General Contractor:
Kajima Construction

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Christopher High School

Gilroy, CA

Architectural Precast with multiple colors, form liner for sill panels with post applied stain

Architect:
BCA Architects

General Contractor:
Gilbane Inc.

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GAP Headquarters

San Francisco, CA

Thin Brick on Precast Back-up, Limestone with Precast Back-up, and GFRC at Tower       

Architect:
Gensler

General Contractor:
Swinerton Builders

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Dr. Martin Luther King Library

San Jose, CA

Architectural Precast with light and heavy sandblast

Architect:
Carrier Johnson

General Contractor:
Hensel Phelps Construction Co

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Chiron Life Sciences

Emeryville, CA

Thin Brick on Precast Back-up and custom board form liner for Precast at base.

Architect:
Ricardo Legorreta Architectos

General Contractor:
Rudolph & Sletton

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Cliff Deck Parking

Roseville, CA

Architectural Precast with light sandblast

Architect:
Walker Parking Consultants / Stantech

General Contractor:
Overaa Construction

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Napa Parking

Napa, CA

Thin Brick on Precast Back-up and Architectural Precast

Architect:
RIM Architects

General Contractor:
West Bay Builders

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Latter Day Saints Tijuana Temple

Tijuana, MX

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete and Architectural Precast
Full Project Description

Architect:
CRSA

General Contractor:
Haskell

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Yolo County Superior Courthouse

Woodland, CA

Architectural Precast and Granite on Precast back-up
Full Project Description

Architect:
Fentress Architects

General Contractor:
Hensel Phelps Construction Co

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Santa Clara Family Justice Center

San Jose, CA

Architectural Precast
Full Project Description

Architect:
Fentress Architects

General Contractor:
Hensel Phelps Construction Co

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Stockton Courthouse

Stockton, CA

Architectural Precast
Full Project Description

Architect:
NBBJ

General Contractor:
Turner Construction

Willis Construction is one of the leading Architectural Precast Concrete manufacturers and installers in the Western United States. We are dedicated to providing Owners, Architects, and General Contractors with the design and engineering expertise necessary to meet the building challenges of today and the future. The quality, durability, and long life of Architectural Precast Concrete, Thinshell, and GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) systems provide a wide range of design options for virtually every type of building. Contact us to decide which system would be best suited for your next project.

Noteworthy Precast Projects

Santa Clare Family Justice Center

Santa Clara Family Justice Center

San Jose, CA
Broad Museum

Broad Museum

Los Angeles, CA
UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

San Francisco, CA
Latter Day Saints Tijuana Temple

Latter Day Saints Tijuana Temple

Tijuana, MX

Willis Construction, San Juan Bautista, CA: We are Precast Concrete and GFRC Specialists Willis Construction has been providing Architectural Precast Concrete building panels and products to the construction industry since 1979. Willis Construction has consistently risen to meet the changing and challenging needs of the construction industry with innovative and creative precast concrete design solutions. We have had the opportunity to work with excellent Owners, Contractors, Architects and Engineers. We are qualified, competent, competitive, enjoy our work, and are good team members for any project. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

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