Most Clicked PCI Building Industry SmartBrief Stories


1. 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)


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

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

Curbed (04/17)


3. Photos: Angular precast panels are planned for Cleveland museum's renovation

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

Fentress Architects has released its renderings for the proposed expansion and renovation of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Angular precast concrete seem to pierce through the facade's windowless areas "to evoke colliding tectonic plates slicing through layers of Ohio shale." The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (04/17)


4. 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)


5. 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)


6. Photos: Underground wine library of Chateau Margaux is made from precast

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

Norman Foster was involved in the design evolution of the Chateau Margaux in France, home to the famed Chateau Margaux wine, for several years before it came to be. One feature of the Chateau is a long, narrow space formed by precast concrete that creates a subterranean wine library. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (04/23)


7. Precast concrete panels are an option for renovation of public building in Canada

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

The Guelph Mercury (Ontario) (04/16)


8. Slideshow: Concrete, steel building complete for new Whitney Museum

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

Italian architect Renzo Piano has designed a nine-story, steel and concrete building for the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. The asymmetrical structure features a large, column-free gallery space and resembles "a stack of differently sized blocks." The building is scheduled to open May 1. Dezeen magazine (04/23)


9. 3D printing will transform building industry

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

More challenging designs, savings in material and greater affordability are some of the reasons that 3D printing now stands to transform the construction industry, writes Abigail Phillips. A Chinese company using the technology, Winsun, says it can reduce construction waste as much as 60% while halving construction time and cutting labor costs as much as 80%. Construction Global online (04/17)


10. Architects plan autonomous, self-sustaining city in the Sahara

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

A city similar to no other is taking shape in the minds of a team of architects. The team plans to turn its concept of a fully sustainable living community in one of the world's most forbidding deserts into reality. Architects from two firms involved in the project say the mixed-use "city" -- which will be in the Moroccan Sahara -- will rely on solar energy and will turn nearly 59,000 cubic yards of water it collects each year into geothermal power. PhysOrg.com (04/23)




Sign up for PCI Building Industry SmartBrief



Designed specifically for building industry professionals, PCI Building Industry SmartBrief is a FREE, weekly e-mail newsletter. It provides the latest news, technology, trends, and research on the building industry. Learn more