Architectural Precast Concrete Design Solutions Utilizing Simulated and Natural Products

1.0 Learning Units, HSW

Through a range of project case studies, see how precast concrete rain barrier systems accelerated the schedule, improved energy savings, reduced risk, and seamlessly blended with the surrounding architecture of different periods.


  1. Define the difference between rain screen and rain barrier systems. Compare rain barrier systems comprised of natural products embedded in precast concrete to traditional hand-set field applied rain screen walls. Show through performance how rain barrier systems offer reduction of life cycle maintenance of the exterior facades.
  2. Explain the manufacturing methodology of embedding natural materials such as brick, dimensional stone and terracotta into architectural precast concrete to create a barrier system.
  3. Exploration of simulated precast finishes utilizing new forming, casting and finishing techniques that will assist designers in achieving randomness in profiles, color, and texture to create iconic facades. Current trends featuring non-linear surfaces will be featured.
  4. See how precast concrete rain barrier systems utilized in the construction of major expansions at the University of Kentucky and Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, accelerated the schedule, improved energy savings and seamlessly blended with the architecture of surrounding campus buildings which had been constructed for decades with rain screen cladding systems. 

To schedule PC103, contact Beverly Ross. (251) 575-2803 or learn@gateprecast.com