The Nordstrom store required retrofitting the first two floors of the 100-plus-year structure, which presented several challenges.
The developer and CallisonRTKL worked in a design-assist partnership with Gate Precast to create an architectural precast façade with a GATEStone marble finish that would blend with the veinage of the Vermont marble of the upper floors and pass the stringent requirements of the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. The historic 21-story 219,000 square foot structure was designated a landmark in 2000 by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Committee.
Other challenges include extensive cornice and bullnose pieces of two different styles for varying levels, buildups on every piece and supplemental steel that was added to the existing riveted steel superstructure to accommodate precast loads and connections.
The project required intense planning and coordination, research and development, and mold building.
“Every aspect of the job was a challenge. Our invaluable team of modelers, engineers and craftsmen eagerly embraced all of these challenges with passion and zeal. The result of their efforts was extraordinary,” Chris Cruze, Project Manager, Gate Precast, Ashland City, TN.
The project won the 2019 Sidney Freedman Craftsmanship award. This annual honor recognizes PCI-certified plants for excellence in manufacturing and craftsmanship of architectural precast concrete.
The judges said the many different flat and radiused forms drew their attention first.
“Great attention to detail was needed with the forming, precast handling, shipping, and replicating the marble veining in the concrete mix. The craftsmanship replicated that of the original 100-year-old building,”
-- Matt Graf, executive vice president of sales at International Concrete Products and Craftsmanship judge
New York, NY