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PCI provides one-hour programs on a variety of topics. These programs are easily tailored to conference room or classroom settings. Designers can learn the latest information about precast concrete products and systems.

The talks can be 30 minutes to three hours and provide the attendee continuing education credit.

To schedule a program or request additional information, use the contact links below or call 888-700-5670.

The Aesthetic Versatility of Architectural Precast Concrete, Level 2: Intermediate

The aesthetics of a structure are very important, as it is what most people identify with. High performance materials should provide aesthetic versatility in order to efficiently meet a structure’s architectural requirements. Precast concrete provides incredible aesthetic versatility from providing multiple colors and textures, to developing shapes, forms and very ornate details. Precast can also simulate or be veneered with natural materials providing all of their beauty, but with the added speed, durability, many other benefits of precast. This presentation will provide an overview of the many finishes available with precast concrete, along with methodologies for achieving them. We will also discuss combining multiple finishes into single panels, veneers and embedded materials, selection of mix designs, approaches to achieving colors, proper specification, and procedures to ensure expectations are aligned. 
Length: 1.0 Hour | Credits: AIA HSW 1.0 LU | PDH: 1.0

Learning Objectives:
• Describe methods to achieve color, form and texture.
• Explain how clay products and natural stones can be veneered to precast concrete to speed construction and reduce costs.
• Understand fabrication techniques, erection procedures and transportation considerations.
• Understand design & detail considerations including connections & panel layout.
• Understand design economy considerations.

Literature for your Library:

  • Architectural Precast Concrete Manual
  • Color, Form, Texture Guide

To schedule an Program presentation or request additional information,
Contact PCINE or call (888) 700-5670.


High Performance Precast Concrete Envelope Systems, Level 2: Intermediate

A structure’s envelope has considerable impact on its overall performance, as highlighted by recent code changes. The envelope not only serves as a barrier between the outside environment and conditioned space, but also as a part of the aesthetic expression for the structure. It must also serve as a protective shield against environmental forces. High-performance building envelopes can help reduce the overall energy consumption of a structure throughout the structure’s life, and maintain and protect its interior environment and occupants.

This presentation addresses what high performance building envelopes are, as well as key elements to their performance. It will discuss how to use precast concrete wall systems to meet the latest code requirements such as continuous insulation and air barriers, and include topics such as moisture management, thermal mass effect and how to calculate effective R-values, integration with other building systems, and more. This session will also touch on the idea of resilience. A structure must be able to resist environmental forces, such as high winds and earthquakes in order to protect life and fulfill its intended purpose. Case studies are used to highlight information presented.
Length: 1.0 Hour | Credits: AIA HSW 1.0 LU | PDH: 1.0

Learning Objectives:
• Describe the three basic types of precast concrete envelope systems.
• Explain thermal mass and how to use it to create more energy efficient buildings.
• Discuss moisture management methodologies.
• Understand insulated panel fabrication techniques, erection procedures and transportation considerations.
• Understand R-values & insulation types as it related to building envelope performance.
• Understand detail considerations including connections & panel layout for insulated panels.

Literature for your Library:

  • PCI Design Handbook

To schedule an Program presentation or request additional information,
Contact PCINE or call (888) 700-5670.


Designing Precast Parking Structures, Level 2: Intermediate

The Modern Parking Facility has become a community building type that is used every day. The role that it plays as the entry place to our cities, towns, campuses, and buildings presents opportunities to integrate even more seamlessly into the fabric of the overall built environment. The integration of parking into the evolving mixed-use urban setting, and transportation systems, requires the modern parking facility to address new expectations regarding sustainability; functional and operational issues; and safety and security. Precast concrete is one of the most popular systems for building parking structures in the United States. This session will address areas such as site impact, mixed-use applications, design considerations, layout, aesthetics, integration requirements, strategies for meeting sustainable goals, and more. Case studies will be used to highlight concepts.
Length: 1.0 Hour | Credits: AIA HSW 1.0 LU | PDH: 1.0

Learning Objectives:
• Discuss parking structures sustainable integration with the built environment.
• Explain sustainable attributes related to the building and site performance of parking structures.
• Describe precast parking system layouts and products.
• Discuss the latest innovations in parking structure design.
• Describe proper maintenance procedures for parking structures.

Literature for your Library:

  • Recommended Practice for Parking Structures (On-Line Manual)
  • Architectural Precast Concrete Manual and/or PCI Design Handbook

To schedule an Program presentation or request additional information,
Contact PCINE or call (888) 700-5670.


Designing Precast Hollowcore Floor and Wall System for Housing Applications, Level 2: Intermediate

Precast concrete components including hollowcore plank, architectural panels, and high performance insulated wall panels have been long viewed as a durable method in building total precast concrete building systems. This presentation helps the designer understand precast building systems used for Hotels, Multifamily Housing, Student Housing and Retirement Facilities.
Length: 1.0 Hour | Credits: AIA HSW 1.0 LU | PDH: 1.0

Learning Objectives:
• Understand fabrication techniques, erection procedures and transportation considerations for precast Hollowcore plank and wall panels.
• Understand design & detail for precast products including connections & economical layout considerations.
• Understand the concept of resiliency and how using precast concrete systems will offer multi-hazard protection against man-made and natural disasters.
• Understand how to integrate the precast structural system with other building systems.

Literature for your Library:

  • PCI Design Handbook

To schedule an Program presentation or request additional information,
Contact PCINE or call (888) 700-5670.


Resiliency Considerations Using High Performance Precast Concrete, Level 2: Intermediate

Resiliency is the ability of a structure to resist natural and manmade hazards such as earthquakes, severe storms and even terrorists attacks. High performance precast concrete building systems inherently provide resiliency and can extend a structure's service life significantly. This presentation will discuss multi-hazard protection. It will provide an overview of design considerations addressing high winds, impact resistance, and discuss some ways high performance precast concrete can be used to protect structures.
Length: 1.0 Hour | Credits: AIA HSW 1.0 LU | PDH: 1.0

Learning Objectives:
• Understand Resiliency and High Performance Building principles using precast concrete systems.
• Understand how to integrate the structural system with other building systems.
• Identify key factors that need to be addressed to design and build storm resistant structures.

Literature for your Library:

  • PCI Design Handbook

To schedule an Program presentation or request additional information,
Contact PCINE or call (888) 700-5670.


Developing Precast Guidelines for Accelerated Bridge Construction Presentation, Level 2: Intermediate

The PCI Northeast Bridge Technical Committee has completed a series of guideline drawings, which represent the design and detailing of precast concrete substructures. These sheets provide an example of different substructure types for use on bridge projects. The presentation will discuss the developed material in more detail and how it can be used for accelerated bridge construction projects. The guide details will assist designers in determining the appropriate solution for precast substructures in design and construction.

The NEXT beam was developed for the purpose of promoting a greater degree of uniformity among DOTs, engineers, and the industry of the Northeast with respect to planning, designing, fabricating, and constructing highway bridges with the Federal Highway Administration’s philosophy of accelerated bridge construction. The goals of this new section are to provide a fast construction option for variable width bridges with spans from 45 to 90 feet. The section resembles a standard double tee, except that the stems are wider in order to handle the moment and shear demand for bridge loadings. Several case studies will be showcased. The committee is currently developing one more variation of the NEXT beam called NEXT “E”. All three variations NEXT “F”, “D” and “E” will be discussed.

The PCI Northeast Technical Committee is developing guidelines for the Northeast Deck Bulb Tees. The goal of this new section, which has already been used in New York State and Massachusetts, is to provide a fast construction option for bridges with spans from 80 to 140 feet. The section resembles a standard NEBT girder except it has a wider thicker top flange that is the deck. Small closure pours are used to minimize field cast concrete.

Precast Full Depth Deck Panels will also be reviewed. Deck panels offer exceptional advantages in schedule and quality for new deck construction or replacement. Full Depth Deck Panels are usually specified for accelerated projects where construction schedules must be reduced for building the deck.
Length: 1.0 Hour | Credits: PDH: 1.0

Overview of Topics:
• Precast Substructures.
• NEXT and Bulb Tee Beams for Super Structures.
• Full Depth Precast Panels for Deck Replacements.
• Case Study of Projects including details.

Literature for your Library:

  • PCI Design Handbook
  • PCI Journal Articles

To schedule an Program presentation or request additional information,
Contact PCINE or call (888) 700-5670.