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Sustainability and Architectural Precast

There is an increasing recognition among designers, developers, and contractors that the costs of conserving energy and resources will result in benefits not traditionally considered when evaluating the bottom line. Implementing and documenting the use of sustainable materials and practices has become an integral part of the design and construction process.

Precast concrete manufacturers have an opportunity and obligation to participate in the sustainability movement by supporting green building practices and by continually improving their plant operations to reduce their environmental impact. These important issues have been voiced to our national association, the Precast Concrete Institute (PCI), and they have responded.

PCI is well known for their plant certification program that ensures quality and standardizes practices for precast plants and erectors. PCI has now established a sustainability committee to provide leadership through education, sharing of green building practices using precast concrete technology. A key initiative of this committee is the development of guidelines for sustainable practices to be incorporated into the operations of precast plants similar to their plant quality control program. Such practices would include water recycling and minimizing water use, dust and emissions control, and energy reduction. This will provide one more reason why it is imperative to specify a PCI Certified Plant for all Architectural Precast projects.

Willis Construction is actively engaged in the implementation of sustainable practices. We are members of the US Green Building Council and have two LEED AP staff members. In this handout, we have done our best to address the most common questions about Architectural Precast as it relates to sustainability. Please take the time to review them and remember that "Going Green" means including Architectural Precast.

Thank you,

Mark Hildebrand
President, Willis Construction Co., Inc.


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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.

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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.


* PCI Certification confirms that a manufacturing plant has an ongoing quality assurance system in place. PCI Certification requires that the plant must consistently demonstrate their commitment to quality principles and procedures. A 120 point audit examines all aspects of plant operation including engineering practices and management commitment.

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