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1. White precast panels adorn Gehry's Louis Vuitton masterpiece in Paris

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 02, 2015

The armature of the $135 million Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris is made up of a variety of simple materials, such as white precast concrete panels, but Frank Gehry's design has made the structure a masterpiece, according to this article. The materials are arranged in "a feat of engineering so elaborate it’s practically wizardly," writes Justin Davidson. Vulture (03/25)

2. Use of precast concrete is key to restoration of Toronto landmark

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 02, 2015

The work to restore the exterior of the Casa Loma castle and stables in Toronto is nearing its completion, although "there is a lot of work left to do," says Mark Wronski, project architect from Taylor Hazell Architects, a heritage consultant. The flat-roofed tower with Roman stone accents and its observation deck need complete rework. Precast concrete will replace 90% of the belt course, and photos have been taken to help replace the Roman stones. Daily Commercial News (03/27)

3. Precast facade creates "unique" appearance for new Ill. hospital

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

The use of architectural precast concrete for the exterior of Centegra Health System's new facility in Huntley, Ill., gives the structure a "unique look," according to this article. The entire facade is done in architectural precast and is "designed to duplicate the look of a natural limestone rock wall." Construction Today magazine (04/08)

4. New Chicago residential building will have a precast exterior

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

A seven-story mixed-use building planned for Chicago has been given the go-ahead by the Plan Commission. Parkside at Old Town will feature mixed-income apartments, commercial space and a community garden. Designed by architectural firm Pappageorge Haymes Partners, the structure's facade will feature precast concrete in alternating colors. Curbed (04/20)

5. Slideshow: Skinny South Korean building features precast interior

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 02, 2015

A super-slim, vertical, multipurpose building sits on a 16-foot-wide by 39-foot-deep site in Busan, South Korea. Designed by JMY Architects, the three-story structure features community and retail space along with an apartment, all featuring interior walls of precast concrete. Dezeen magazine (03/28)

6. Precast columns support gold, silver structure in Australia

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 09, 2015

The new health faculty building at the Burwood campus of Australia's Deakin University is made of two structures. An eight-story building sits cantilevered upon precast concrete columns and is covered with gold-colored sun-shading louvers made of aluminum. A smaller, five-level building covered with silver-colored louvers is attached to it. "The depth and angle of these blades have been extensively analyzed to maximize their effectiveness which when combined with the slender floor plates has the added benefit of providing high daylight penetration, glare control and external views from 80% of the usable floor area," say the architects at Woods Bagot. (Australia) (04/08)

7. University development involves building 2 precast parking decks

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

Two projects near Mercer University in Macon, Ga., aim to revitalize the area and provide more housing for university students. The Lofts at Mercer Village and the Lofts at College Hill are in various stages of construction and are expected to be completed by next year. Two parking decks will be constructed of precast concrete, and a pedestrian bridge will link one area to the school. Construction Equipment Guide (04/15)

8. Hilario Candela discusses his Miami Marine Stadium project

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 09, 2015

The Miami Marine Stadium in Florida was designed in 1968 by architect Hilario Candela. The imposing concrete structure was shut down in 1993 after suffering damage from Hurricane Andrew. Richard Morgan interviews Candela about the stadium's past and its new possibilities. Metropolis magazine online (04/06)

9. Precast bulb tees to support new Chicago tower's parking garage structure

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

Curbed (04/17)

10. Renderings: NYC tower could be world's tallest residential building

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

Developer Extell and architect Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill are finalizing plans for the Nordstrom Tower at 217 West Street in New York City. When completed, the tower could become the world's tallest residential building with a pinnacle height of 1,775 feet. The mixed-use project would also house a Nordstrom department store, offices and a hotel. Initial work is being done at the site, and the tower should be completed in 2018. New York YIMBY (04/20)

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