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About Precast Concrete

Precast concrete by definition is cast in a different location with respect to the structure that it will be incorporated into. Many have professional engineers on staff who oversee all aspects of the process including solution development, design, production, and in many cases on-site installation.

History of Precast Concrete

Precast concrete was not widely used until the concept of pre-stressing was adopted, which occurred in North America in the early 1950s. Prestressing is a process that places a concrete member in compression to prevent the concrete from experiencing tension cracking. Prestressed concrete is concrete reinforced by either prestressing or posttensioning, allowing it to carry a greater load and/or longer spans than regular concrete. The first prestressed products were bridge girders. Between 1950 and 1960 precast concrete became popular on a global basis.  


Precast products expanded from structural bridge girders to architectural building cladding as well as products that have both structural and architectural properties.


The precast concrete industry has benefited from continual advancements in both methods and materials. The introduction of 3-D building information modelling (BIM) for design and detailing as well as project management was a major advancement for the industry. The introduction of Ductal®, Lafarge's ultra-high performance concrete with compressive strengths in excess of 245 Mpa (36,000 PSI), has allowed for thinner and lighter precast elements.

Prestressed Concrete Hollow Core Slabs

3-D (BIM) Modelling - Precast Multi-family

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Total Precast Multi-Family. Remington's CHAMPAGNE. Calgary, Alberta

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Fort Edmonton Precast Footbridge. Edmonton, Alberta

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