More stories about Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute

  • The Future is Now

  • Paving the Way

    Precast-prestressed concrete producers long ago proved our product as a method for providing durable high-performance structural elements for bridges and commercial buildings. In recent years, however, some of these producers have found a new market segment for their product: pavement construction.

  • Building the 21st Century

    The National Bridge Conference is included in the annual PCI show.

  • Home Sweet Precast Home

    Precast concrete homes offer several advantages.

  • Looking Back & Ahead

    Ten years, 120 covers. Being on the cover of a magazine is not all glitz and glamour. These people who agreed to our request to be photographed often posed for hours in the early morning. (That is when the lighting is best, our photographers say.) Sometimes it's bitter cold, other times it's hot...

  • Ties that Bond

  • PCI Showcase on Tap

  • Achieving Uniform Exposed-Aggregate Texture

    When making exposed-aggregate architectural precast channel column covers, we've noticed that after abrasive blasting, the texture on the down face differs from that on the vertical face. What causes this, and what can be done to correct it?

  • Alternatives to light abrasive blasting

    One of our architectural precast customers wants to remove a thin skin from the surface of narrow bands on cladding panels. He wants a surface effect that's similar to that achieved by light abrasive blasting, but masking off the larger areas that won't lose the skin will be time-consuming. Is...

  • Eliminating Swirls in Precast Panels

    We produce precast exposed-aggregate sandwich panels using concrete made with Type III cement, a 0.38 water-cementitious materials ratio and enough superplasticizer to achieve a 7- to 8-inch slump. The forming bed is made of wood. Using a bucket that passes down the center of the bed, we pour...