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This paper discusses the applications and advantages of architectural precast concrete as: (1) cladding; (2) load-bearing elements; and (3) forms for cast-in-place concrete. The wide variety of colors, forms, and textures available to meet esthetic and practical design requirements are also discussed.
advantages, applications, architectural precast concrete, cladding, colors, column covers, connections, design considerations, formwork, load-bearing panels, mullions, shear walls, size, spandrels, standardization, surface finish, textures, torsion, wall panels, wall-supporting units
Director, Architectural Precast Concrete Services, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago, IL