Architecture School Tests Boundaries of Precast
Publication: 2004 – PCI Online Newsletter
What better way to show off to architecture students what various building materials can accomplish than by creating an extremely challenging and dynamic structure to house a school of architecture? That was the thinking behind the unique load-bearing precast concrete design for the new five-structure facility at Florida International University.
In naming the project the winner of the Harry H. Edwards Award for Innovation in the 2004 PCI Design Awards Competition, the judges said, “This project shows an innovative use of total-precast concrete technology by incorporating both architectural and structural precast, prestressed concrete components into the building complex. A variety of precast concrete components were used imaginatively, including double tees, rakers, load-bearing wall panels, stairways, risers, columns, spandrels and a pedestrian bridge walkway.
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