Precast exterior cladding can be solid or insulated panels, orientated horizontal or vertical and have bearing on CIP or total precast framing systems. Typically cladding is panelized horizontal to fit between the floors with “punched” windows blockouts (blockouts that do not extend to edge of panel). Gravity and tie connections designed with tolerance allow for proper positioning of panel into final position. Interior finishes can be furred out to include desired appearance or precast face can be conditioned to be painted. With proper panel layout and coordination, glazing option installed at precast plant are available.
Multi-family structures include multiple unit rental apartments (both mid-rise and high-rise), condominiums, senior living, and dormitories. Occupants of these structures can live near each other and be stakeholders in the residence. Environment and comfort of living are key design factors, and high-performance precast provides excellent aesthetic and structural versatility for architects and engineers to meet the designer’s requirements. Precast also provides a very safe, durable, and efficient residence for the owner that increases comfort and reduces overall costs. Precast concrete provides an excellent alternative to traditional stick-built or cavity wall construction methods.