Advantages of Precast
Precast’s durability, safety, quality, and aesthetic flexibility make it the right choice for almost any project. Its advantages over steel or CIP concrete make it particularly appealing for projects like data centers, where schedule and cost-effectiveness are critical. Precast provides flexibility in space planning and increased return on investment, making it the optimal choice for parking decks, office buildings, and multi-family housing. Precast also contributes to the overall sustainability of a building and allows for integrated project delivery — reducing schedule and project costs. When you know what we know, the question isn’t why precast…it’s why not precast?
Precast is manufactured in a controlled plant environment and can be erected in weather conditions that would delay the full erection of steel or CIP concrete. Faster erection translates to a shorter construction schedule and reduced overhead costs.
Precast is manufactured in a controlled environment, with a water-cement ration that creates a denser, more durable product than field-placed concrete.
Silica fume, fly ash, and slag cement are all considered “green” products and their use as part of the overall precast concrete mix can add LEED points to a project.
Integrated Project Delivery
Structural precast components interlock to support one another so they can be erected in a relatively short period of time. Simpler installation requires fewer crew members, which means less traffic and waste on a job site. A cleaner and safer job site means less risk and more assurance of a smooth and successful project flow.
Increased Value to Owner
The inherent strength, quality, and density of precast concrete produced by NAPCO Precast, combined with a regular maintenance program, can result in a parking structure with a typical cycle life of 40-50 years – far greater than the typical life of a CIP parking structure.
Flexibility of Space Planning
In parking structures, office buildings, or total precast structures, precast allows for longer spans. In office buildings and total precast structures, longer spans create larger open floor plans and increase the flexibility of design. For parking structures, longer spans increase the sense of visibility and security.