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GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete)

GFRC

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete is made of a 1" thick cementitious skin, reinforced with alkali resistant glass fibers, and attached to a metal stud frame system. GFRC can be formed into ornate shapes, and its light weight provides many benefits for high rise buildings.

Panel Description

GFRC panels consist of a 1" thick solid concrete skin attached to a 16 gage 2" x 4" steel stud frame system. The overall thickness of this system is typically 6 ". Studs are typically placed at 2'-0" on center and typically have 5/16" diameter galvanized steel pins welded to the steel frame and bounded to the concrete skin. The entire concrete skin and frame system weighs approximately 20 pounds per square foot. The maximum size of a GFRC panel is governed by the material properties, project requirements and shipping limits.

Architectural Design Capabilities

There are very few limits to the shapes and sections that can be achieved with a GFRC panel system. Some of the most ornate and decorative buildings in recent years have been made using GFRC panels. GFRC allows the designer to use deep panel sections without the weight of conventional precast. The lighter weight panels can minimize the cost of the building foundations, structural steel and panel supports. The metal studs of the GFRC panels may also be used to attach interior finishes. These aspects of light weight GFRC can amount to a substantial savings to the overall project cost. The mix design of GFRC typically consists of: white cement; sand; and a color additive to achieve the Designers desired look. Other materials such as black fleck can be added to create a different textured look. Multiple colors in the same panel can be done with GFRC.



GFRC Projects

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Broad Museum

Los Angeles, CA

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete
Full Project Description

Architect:
Diller Scofidio Renfro

Executive Architect:
Gensler

General Contractor:
Matt Construction Co.

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Citrus Tower Corporate Plaza

Riverside, CA

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete using multiple colors; Granite adhered GFRC at Base

Architect:
Nadel Architects

General Contractor:
McCormick Construction Co.

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San Jose State University Campus Village

San Jose, CA

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete using multiple colors

Architect:
Niles Bolton Associates

General Contractor:
Clark Construction

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Tamian Place

San Jose, CA

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete using multiple colors

Architect:
Barry Swenson Builders

General Contractor:
Barry Swenson Builders



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State Veterans Home

West Los Angeles, CA

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete using multiple colors

Architect:
Smith Group/URS

General Contractor:
S J Amoroso



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San Jose Police Facility

San Jose, CA

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete

Architect:
Ross Drulis Cusenbury Architecture

General Contractor:
S J Amoroso

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Sutardja Dai Hall

Berkeley, CA

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete with custom board form liner. PCI National Merit Award Winner.

Architect:
Smith Group

General Contractor:
Hathaway Dinwiddie

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Esquire Plaza

Sacramento, CA

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete at Tower. Architectural Precast at the Ground Floor to 5th Floor

Architect:
HOK

General Contractor:
Hensel Phelps Construction Co

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City Heights

San Jose, CA

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete using multiple colors

Architect:
Berger Detmer Ennis

General Contractor:
Barry Swenson Builders


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360 South Market Residences

San Jose, CA

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete using multiple colors

Architect:
Solomon Cordwell Buenz

General Contractor:
Bovis Lend Lease

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Brooks Brothers

Beverly Hills, CA

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete

Architect:
Allan Greenberg Architect

General Contractor:
Peck/Jones

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Ignacio Center

Walnut Creek, CA

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete

Architect:
ADD Inc

General Contractor:
Bovis Lend Lease

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Crown City Plaza

Pasadena, CA

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete using multiple colors

Architect:
Langdon Wilson

General Contractor:
PCL 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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