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Architectural Precast Concrete Thinshell panels

Thinshell

Thinshell is made of a 2¼" thick concrete skin attached to a metal stud frame system that achieves the beauty of precast mixes and can do so at a lower cost and lighter weight than traditional precast.

Panel Description

Architectural Precast Concrete Thinshell panels consist of a 2 1/4" thick solid concrete skin attached to a steel stud frame system. The frame is typically made from 4” deep tube steel members. The overall thickness of this system is typically 7 ½" thick. Studs are typically placed at 2'-0" on center and typically have 3/8" diameter galvanized steel pins welded to the steel frame. These pins are embedded in the 2 1/4 inch concrete skin which is reinforced with steel mesh. The entire concrete skin and frame system weighs approximately 30 pounds per square foot. The maximum size of a Thinshell panel is determined by material properties, project requirements and shipping limits.

Architectural Design Capabilities

Architectural Precast Concrete Thinshell Panels are limited to flat wall type surfaces. In some cases small bullnose projections can be used, but add more weight and cost to this system. Thinshell is cast with a conventional precast mix (White cement; " to " 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. Thinshell gives the designer the option to choose between a light or heavy sandblasted finish. A heavier blast will expose the aggregate in the mix and can produce a different color/texture affect. Multiple colors in the same panel is an option.



Thinshell Projects

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Cal Poly Pomona Library

Pomona, CA

Thinshell Precast with light and heavy sandblast

Architect:
Carrier Johnson

General Contractor:
Rudolph & Sletton

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CSU San Marcos Business Administration

San Marcos, CA

Thinshell Precast using two colors and light and heavy sandblast

Architect:
AC Martin Partners, Inc

General Contractor:
C E Wiley Construction

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Mission College

Santa Clara, CA

Thinshell Precast with custom form liner and Architectural Precast

Architect:
Lionakis Beaumont Design Group

General Contractor:
Hathaway Dinwiddie

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3333 Scott Rd

Santa Clara, CA

Thinshell Precast

Architect:
RMW Architects

General Contractor:
Devon Construction

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ICON Sunset Bronson Studios

Hollywood, CA

Thinshell Precast
Full Project Description

Architect:
Gensler

General Contractor:
McCarthy

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
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Latter Day Saints Tijuana Temple

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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.

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