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Lunchtime Learning: Artist’s Palette - The Aesthetic Versatility of Precast Concrete

Aesthetics of a structure are important as they are the first aspect of a building with which people identify. High performance materials should provide aesthetic versatility in order to efficiently meet a structure’s architectural requirements.

Precast concrete provides incredible aesthetic versatility from providing multiple colors and textures, to developing shapes, forms, and ornate details. Precast can also simulate or be veneered with natural materials providing all their beauty, but with the added speed, durability, and many other benefits of precast.

Join AIA|DC and the PCI Mid-Atlantic Chapter for an overview of the many finishes available with precast concrete, along with methodologies for achieving them. The course also covers combining multiple finishes into single panels, veneers and embedded materials, selection of mix designs, approaches to achieving colors, proper specification, and procedures to ensure expectations are aligned.

Presented by: Tom Holmes - Executive Director, PCI Mid-Atlantic Chapter

Sponsored by: The PCI Mid-Atlantic Chapter


After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the finish options of precast concrete;
  • Describe methods to achieve color, form and texture;
  • Explain how clay products and natural stones can be veneered to precast concrete to speed construction and reduce costs; and
  • Discuss the latest innovations in aesthetics and finishes.