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                           The rise of markets such as urban multifamily and mixed-use projects
                           spurs growth of Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates




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                              esigners at Smallwood, Reynolds,         says Gil Garrison, principal. “We start
                              Stewart, Stewart & Associates            each project by listening closely to our
                                                                                                                    PROJECT SPOTLIGHT
                              (SRSS) in Atlanta pride themselves       clients to understand their objectives
                                                                                                                    Ahold Information Systems
                      on the fact that approximately 80 percent        sufficiently to create designs that meet
                                                                                                                    Headquarters
                      of the firm’s business comes from repeat         their needs. We don’t come to the table
                                                                                                                    Location: Mauldin, S.C.
                      customers. Yet the firm also is finding
                                                                                                                    Project Type: Corporate
                      significant growth in rapidly expanding
                      markets that are beyond the traditional
                                                                        ‘What distinguishes us                      headquarters and data center
                                                                                                                    Area: 216,000 square feet
                      building types with which they are most               and makes our                           Designer: Smallwood, Reynolds,
                      familiar. That combination indicates that
                      the company’s strengths lie as much in             projects successful is                     Stewart, Stewart & Associates Inc.
                                                                                                                    Owner: Ahold Real Estate Co.
                      its approach to clients as in its specific
                      expertise.
                                                                         that each individual                       Contractor: Choate Construction
                                                                                                                    Co.
                         Founded in 1979 by the four original              design solution is                       PCI-Certified Precaster: Gate
                      principals, the company has grown
                                                                                                                    Precast Co., Oxford, N.C. (for
                      through the years with a strong emphasis             unlike anything                          technical information on this project,
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                      on markets such as corporate office
                      buildings, hotels and resorts, educational          we’ve done before.’                       contact the precaster; see the Plant
                                                                                                                    Certification Listing at the back of
                      and athletic facilities and institutional
                                                                       with any preconceived design solutions.      this issue)
                      buildings. Those markets, which all
                                                                       Each project is treated as unique, and the   Description: This four-story cor-
                      remain strong today, now are being
                                                                       choices we make are influenced by the        porate headquarters includes 140,000
  10                  complemented by growth in such areas
                                                                       client’s objectives, cost and scheduling     square feet of office space plus a
                      as multifamily residential, urban vertical
                                                                       parameters, trends in the market and the     60,000-square-foot data center and
                      mixed-use structures, public-private
                                                                       immediate site context and conditions.”      16,000 square feet of amenities and
                      venture developments, performing arts
                                                                          That flexibility results in unique        support space. The shell features archi-
                      centers and places of worship.
                                                                       projects, he stresses — and brings           tectural precast concrete panels hung
                                                                                                                    onto a cast-in-place concrete frame for
                      Philosophy Remains The Same                      clients back again. “What distinguishes
                                                                                                                    both this building and the adjoining
                        “Since the inception of the firm, our          us and makes our projects successful is
                                                                       that each individual design solution is      data-processing center.
                      design philosophy and our approach                                                               The precast concrete panels feature
                      to business has remained the same,”              unlike anything we’ve done before with
                                                                       a character that is appropriate to that      a mix consisting of white cement,
                                                                       particular client’s needs.”                  white sand, crushed blast-furnace slag
                                             “We start each                                                         and crushed-granite aggregate. Color
                                             project by listening                                                   and texture variations were provided
                                             closely to our clients    High-Rise Work Grows
                                                                                                                    with a light sandblast and exposed-
                                             to understand their          The high-rise multifamily market
                                             objectives sufficiently                                                aggregate finishes. Horizontal and
                                                                       is one that is evolving and growing,
                                             to create designs                                                      vertical rustications tie the precast
                                                                       particularly in the Southeast where SRSS
                                             that meet their                                                        panels to similar jointing in the
                                             needs.”                   produces a large body of its work, he
                                                                                                                    curtain wall.
                                                 — Gill Garrison,      notes. “These projects offer a variety of
                                                          principal    housing units and project types to the
        Architectural precast concrete panels work with large expanses of curtain wall to
        create a sleek design for the façade of Ahold Information Systems new corporate
        headquarters in Mauldin, S.C.




marketplace. It’s a building type that is       project is a relatively recent phenomenon       our opportunities,” says Garrison. To
responding to the evolving needs of the         here in our regional markets and is being       better serve those relationships, the firm
market and the designs adapt as we better       seen more often in the urbanized areas          maintains representative offices in Tampa,
understand what the market is looking           of large cities where land values are at a      Fla., and Charlotte, N.C. In addition to
for.”                                           premium.”                                       its two Chinese representative offices, it
    An offshoot of that market is the              There is also an emerging trend in           operates another overseas office in Dubai,
urban, vertical mixed-use project, which        public-private partnerships as an approach      United Arab Emirates. “The locations of




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has become a more recent trend in Atlanta       to the development of projects such as          these offices are the direct result of where
and the Southeast. SRSS first gained            hotels, conference centers and research         the market has taken us.”
experience with this project type through       and institutional facilities, he notes. In         The firm assembles the appropriate
its commissions in various Asian markets.       these projects, government authorities or       design team for each project based on
In 1991, SRSS opened a full service             universities will partner with a developer      the expertise and talents of its people at
office in the Republic of Singapore and,        to create a needed project. “These              all levels, including that of its principals    11
more recently, in response to the growing       authorities will identify an economic           and associates. This approach avoids the
market in China, it opened representative       benefit for a particular type of project,       formal structure of studios for each project
offices in Beijing and Shanghai. “Now,          or a university will promote research           type. “We have strength at every level
over a decade later, we’re seeing dynamic       initiatives or special technologies that will   and the depth of experience throughout
projects of this scale and density here in      have public-private applications,” he says.     the firm to draw on for any project type
our traditional U.S. markets,” Garrison         “The developer gains an opportunity to          or scale,” he says. “We build a team for
says.                                           intermix with these efforts and provide         each project that includes the appropriate
    The projects most often are designed        facilities with an appeal to the private        disciplines, including engineering and
to provide first-floor retail to enhance the    sector.”                                        specialty consultants — all with the
pedestrian environment and animate the                                                          expertise required for such a project.”
streetscape. Parking is provided on lower       Existing Clients Extend Expertise
levels above or below grade within easy            Often, these new project types are           LEED Impacts Design
access of the street. Above this typically is   commissioned by existing clients, who              The Leadership in Energy &
Class-A office space or hotel guest rooms,      are expanding their own opportunities,          Environmental Design (LEED) standards
with residential condominiums on top.           he notes. “Our clients have taken us            created by the U.S. Green Building
“The goal is to create a live-work-play         with them into new market segments or           Council are more frequently becoming a
environment within a single building that       new regions, and we in turn make new            factor in designing projects, either directly
captures the urban lifestyle and engages        relationships in new locations with new         or indirectly. Directly, the impact can be
the city,” he explains. “This type of           companies that help us further extend           seen in such projects as the company’s
                    design for 171 17th Street, a 21-story
                    office building at Atlantic Station in             Inset brick and limestone-like textures blend on load-bearing precast concrete
                    Atlanta, the first Silver-certified LEED           panels to create a dramatic and classical look for the Hull Street Parking Structure
                    project in the world designed and built            in Athens, Ga.
                    under the organization’s Shell & Core
                    Office Building program.
                       But even when owners are not intent
                    on meeting LEED standards, they often
                    want their projects to adhere to green
                    principles wherever possible. “As an
                    industry, there is a trend to be aware of
                    principles of green design, and we assist
                    our owners in their efforts to make smart,
                    timely decisions on how to achieve that
                    approach when desired,” he says.
                       “Initial construction costs and the
                    costs of ongoing maintenance are both
                    key considerations, and building owners
                    make decisions based on what is good
                    for their project and considerate of the
                    environment,” he explains. “If LEED
                    certification is the objective, our planning,
                    design and construction-related services
                    are geared to factoring into the project
                    how we can achieve those goals. It informs
                    decisions all along the process, including

                       ‘Initial construction
                      costs and the costs of
                      ongoing maintenance
                            are both key
                          considerations.’
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                    the means of construction and where we
                    obtain materials. Each project is impacted
                    differently.”
                       Precast concrete can help with the
                                                                    PROJECT SPOTLIGHT
                    latter, as typically the precaster is located
                                                                    Hull Street Parking Structure
12                  close to the work site, and usually within
                                                                    Location: Athens, Ga.
                    the 500-mile radius required for LEED
                                                                    Project Type: Parking structure
                    standards. That proximity reduces the
                                                                    Area: 305,089 square feet (950 cars)
                    energy needed to deliver products to
                                                                    Designer: Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates Inc.
                    the site. Precast concrete also can help
                                                                    Owner: Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
                    with other LEED standards, including
                                                                    Contractor: Holder Construction Co.
                    recyclable and recycled materials, as well
                                                                    PCI-Certified Precaster: Metromont Corp., Dalton, Ga.
                    as energy efficiency in some cases.
                                                                    Project cost: $10.5 million; precast contract: $4.28 million
                                                                    Description: This project was designed to address the university town’s acute
                    Precast Provides Detail                         parking shortage while blending with the city’s architectural character. An all-
                       SRSS has a histor y of using                 precast concrete structure was designed due to aesthetics, economy and speed of
                    architectural precast concrete panels in        construction.
                    its projects, many of which have won                The structural system features precast concrete double tees, girders, vertical
                    awards for their distinctive designs. “We       lite walls, horizontal shear walls, structural and architectural columns, spandrels,
                    have a long tradition of using precast          architectural panels with inset brick, cornices and bullnoses. The fast-track
                    concrete as a cladding material, and we         schedule took advantage of precast’s ability to cast components, which included
                    have developed a wide range of dynamic          both structural and exterior-skin pieces, before the completed design package was
                    designs with the help of our local              issued.
                    precasters,” he says. “We always look to
                    precast concrete as a material that can
                                               especially competitive for cladding when         The amount that it can save varies by
  PROJECT SPOTLIGHT                            there are particular details and stylistic       market, site location and the availability
  Energen Corporate Headquarters               references required, he explains. “We can        of masons and material. The firm often
  Location: Birmingham, Ala.                   achieve a high level of detail in the profile,   combines the inset brick with an exposed
  Project Type: Office building                scale and character of a building skin that      precast finish that resembles limestone,
  Area: 130,000 square feet plus 350-          can’t likely be matched in other materials       creating accents and contrasts that can be
  car parking structure                        due to costs.”                                   built into the panels, saving time, limiting
  Designer: Smallwood, Reynolds,                  A key use is to replicate stone or            pieces and reducing costs.
  Stewart, Stewart & Associates Inc.           granite. “When we create an exposed                 The mix of stone, brick and limestone-
  Owner: Energen Corp.                         aggregate or a mix with a sandblast finish,      like finishes in precast panels allows for
  Contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie               the appearance is very compatible with a         a flexibility in appearance that can be
  General Contractor Inc.                      thermal finish or flame-finished granite.        adapted to a wide range of projects, he
  PCI-Certified Precaster: Gate                So we often blend stone and precast, using       notes. At Centergy @ Technology Square,
  Precast Co., Ashland City, Tenn.             stone on the lower, pedestrian levels where      for instance, a more contemporary,
  Description: This seven-story                people can touch and feel the quality,           high-tech aesthetic was developed that
  building, located in the heart of            and precast above                                                    recalled the more
  the downtown area near historic              on higher floors.                                                    traditional palette of
  buildings, houses the corporate offices      That allows us to
                                                                           ‘We can achieve a                        the nearby Georgia
  of a major natural-gas provider. The
  location demanded a design and
                                               create a building           high level of detail                     Tech campus by
                                               that appears to                                                      featuring architectural
  appearance that would positively             have been finished         in the profile, scale                     precast concrete
  interact with and complement the             completely in                                                        panels with inset
  disparate civic and commercial               stone, but it uses         and character...that                      brick and limestone-
  structures in the vicinity. Using            the stone only                                                       like exposed precast
  architectural precast concrete panels        where it counts.”
                                                                          can’t be matched in                       accents. (For details
  to clad the façade helped to achieve                                      other materials.’                       on this and other
  that goal.                                   Inset Brick                                                          SRSS projects, see the
     Precast concrete panels were chosen       Proves Popular                                                       Project Spotlights.)
  due to their plasticity of design and           Inset brick panels also are growing in           At the other end of the spectrum,
  sense of permanence. The granite-            popularity, and SRSS has found ways to           SRSS is also using precast concrete to
  like appearance allows the building          use this design in a variety of projects,        create contemporary building designs.
  to fit appropriately into the context        including offices and parking structures.        In their design for the Cobb Energy
  of neighboring stone-clad buildings,         “Inset brick on architectural precast            Performing Arts Centre, now under
  particularly the historic Tutwiler           concrete panels provides a cost-effective        construction in Atlanta and scheduled for
  Hotel across the street, which features      alternative to conventional brick,” he says.     completion in the fall of 2007, SRSS uses
  a classic brick façade and terra-
  cotta balconies. Stone coursing was




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  evoked by carefully controlling the
  panelization and creating joints at
  appropriate locations. The plasticity
  of the material also allowed for
  the incorporation of the gas-flame
  motif onto the decorative spandrels,                                                                                                         13
  recalling the richness of carved stone
  in the older buildings.


achieve a high level of detail and a certain
stylistic approach in a more affordable
and constructable manner.”
   Choosing cladding materials has
become more challenging today, he notes,
because of the volatility in pricing among
various building skin components. “It
is becoming more difficult to rely on
previous experience with a similar
building type to determine the most cost-
effective approach for a new design,” he
says. “We look at the specific applications
and their related costs in the marketplace
in each case.                                  A granite-like appearance used on architectural precast panels helped the new Energen
   Precast concrete has proven to be           Corporate Headquarters in Birmingham, Ala., blend well with its historic neighbors.
                                                            Architectural precast panels help Centergy @ Technology Square blend with its university and
                    PROJECT SPOTLIGHT                       community neighbors, using inset brick to cut costs and construction time.
                    Centergy @ Technology Square
                    Location: Atlanta                       internally insulated precast concrete wall       will meet the design objectives perfectly,
                    Project Type: Two-building office       panels as a major cladding component             creating evenly textured, neutral-colored
                    complex and parking structure           for a highly sculptural and dramatic             planar surfaces that enhance the sculptural
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                    Area: 718,000 square feet (218,000      contemporary building form. In this              qualities of the building massing, while
                    in building one, 500,000 in building    multipurpose, Broadway-style theater,            saving money over other materials
                    two) plus a 1,175-car parking           smooth-faced precast panels, finished            considered.”
                    structure                               with textured paint, create boldly sculpted         Precast concrete has also found uses
                    Designer: Smallwood, Reynolds,          yet economical wall elements that clad           on the interior of SRSS projects. At the
14                  Stewart, Stewart & Associates Inc.      the flyloft and upper volumes of the             Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
                    Owner: Centergy One Associates          auditorium.                                      at Emory University, a project done in
                    LLC                                        According to Jim Van Duys, SRSS               collaboration with Michael Dennis &
                    Contractor: Hardin Construction         associate and project manager, “The              Associates and Howard-Montgomery-
                    Group                                   internally insulated panels allowed the          Steger, precast, prestressed concrete
                    PCI-Certified Precaster: Gate           design team to eliminate a considerable          ceiling panels were hung from structural
                    Precast Co., Ashland City, Tenn.        amount of internal construction that             steel roof trusses to create an acoustically
                    Project cost: $70 million; precast      would have been required to provide              reflective shell within the Center’s
                    cost: $2.42 million                     structural support, back-up and insulation       Emerson Concert Hall. The mass of
                    Description: Designed as a nexus        for other cladding materials. Precast            the concrete ceiling coupled with other
                    for a thriving high-tech corridor,                                                       acoustical treatments within the room
                    this project connects Georgia Tech                                                       provides controlled acoustic support
                                                                                    “The plasticity of       for all forms of non-amplified musical
                    University with a burgeoning                                    precast concrete
                    business and residential community.                             allowed the design       performances in this 800-seat recital hall.
                    Architectural precast concrete panels                           team to achieve             “The plasticity of precast concrete
                    helped mix town and gown in a style                             highly sculpted          allowed the design team to achieve
                                                                                    shapes that are
                    that fit both neighborhoods while                               visually interesting,
                                                                                                             highly sculpted shapes that are visually
                    producing a quickly constructed and                             yet functional...”       interesting, yet functional in their ability
                    cost-effective design.                                              — Jim Van Duys,      to diffuse sound throughout the hall,” says
                                                                                                 associate   Van Duys. “Such intricate architectural
PROJECT SPOTLIGHT
Hearst Tower
Location: Charlotte, N.C.
Project Type: Office building
Area: 47 stories, 1 million square feet
Designer: Smallwood, Reynolds,
Stewart, Stewart & Associates Inc.
Owner: Bank of America
Contractor: Shelco/Baston-Cook, a
joint venture
PCI-Certified Precaster: Metromont
Prestress Co., Greenville, S.C.
Project cost: $150 million; precast
cost: $8.78 million
Description: This dramatic office
center features architectural precast
concrete panels to clad its 659-foot
height. The panels feature black
granite inserts at the base to provide
visual interest, while upper floors
feature lighter-colored panels with
sandblasted and retarded finishes to
simulate natural stone.
   The designers’ goal was to
blend the façade with the look of
several nearby buildings that stood
as companions on the skyline with
the new building, particularly the
adjacent 60-story Corporate Center.
To achieve this blend, specially
designed architectural patterns were
cast into panels at the fourth level.
This not only complemented the
style of the nearby buildings but
helped to accentuate the division
between textures and break up the




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                                          The Hearst Tower in Charlotte, N.C. features architectural precast concrete panels with granite
mass of the large footprint. Molds for    facing on the first levels and stone-like finishes on upper levels.
these detailed pieces, which contain
a high degree of surface relief and       and acoustical shapes would be virtually         standardized construction components,”
intricately detailed art-deco designs,    impossible to accomplish in the field            says Garrison. Using precast as an
took nearly two weeks to fabricate.       using other materials.”                          exterior cladding allows the firm to create
   Value-engineering produced                                                              complementary designs for adjacent               15
a special window-unit panel that          Parking Uses Structural Precast                  offices or other buildings, particularly
allowed the panels to span floor             SRSS also used precast concrete               when those buildings too are clad with
to floor. This design reduced the         structural components, especially in             precast concrete panels.
number of pieces to be cast and           parking structures, where it sometimes              The company’s use of these materials
erected by several hundred, saving        uses all-precast structural designs. “The        will continue, regardless of where its
time and cost.                            use of all-precast concrete structures           expansion of clients and markets takes it
                                          usually occurs when the bay spacing is           next.                                    
                                          regular and we can take advantage of the
                                          economies offered by precast through its                                   — Craig A. Shutt
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architecture, interior design, master
planning, graphic design and
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     PROFILE          PROJECT SPOTLIGHT
                      Ahold Information Systems Headquarters
                      Location: Mauldin, S.C.
                      Project Type: Corporate headquarters and data center
                      Area: 216,000 square feet
                      Designer: Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates Inc.
                      Owner: Ahold Real Estate Co.
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                      Contractor: Choate Construction Co.
                      PCI-Certified Precaster: Gate Precast Co., Oxford, N.C.
                      Description: This four-story corporate headquarters includes 140,000 square feet
                      of office space plus a 60,000-square-foot data center and 16,000 square feet of
                      amenities and support space. The shell features architectural precast concrete panels
                      hung onto a cast-in-place concrete frame for both this building and the adjoining
                      data-processing center.
                         The precast concrete panels feature a mix consisting of white cement, white
                      sand, crushed blast-furnace slag and crushed-granite aggregate. Color and texture
                      variations were provided with a light sandblast and exposed-aggregate finishes.
                      Horizontal and vertical rustications tie the precast panels to similar jointing in the
                      curtain wall.
                         A variety of materials work with the precast panels, which themselves feature
                      intricate shapes, to provide visual interest. For instance, the design of the precast
                      concrete façade is continued into the mechanical screenwalls on the two roof levels.
                      The main entrance to the facility is flanked by a sweeping radial façade with round
                      column covers and a large expanse of tinted glass. Silver-colored metal window
                      mullions, trim panels and a radiused metal cornice complete the bold exterior trim.
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PROJECT SPOTLIGHT
Hull Street Parking Structure
Location: Athens, Ga.
Project Type: Parking structure
Area: 305,089 square feet (950 cars)
Designer: Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates Inc.
Owner: Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia




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Contractor: Holder Construction Co.
PCI-Certified Precaster: Metromont Corp., Dalton, Ga.
Project cost: $10.5 million; precast contract: $4.28 million
Description: This project was designed to address the university town’s acute
parking shortage while blending with the city’s architectural character. An all-
precast concrete structure was designed due to aesthetics, economy and speed of
construction.
    The structural system features precast concrete double tees, girders, vertical
lite walls, horizontal shear walls, structural and architectural columns, spandrels,
architectural panels with inset brick, cornices and bullnoses. The fast-track
schedule took advantage of precast’s ability to cast components, which included
both structural and exterior-skin pieces, before the completed design package was
issued.
    Inset brick was used on upper-level panels, with the panels cast with the brick
in place in the forms, creating a one-step operation. Lower floors feature panels
with a limestone-like appearance that was achieved with a buff-colored finish,
light sandblast texture and detailed reveals. This combination was accented by tall,
classic columns and arched windows at the stair tower, which draw attention and
create a dramatic appearance.
    Only a few different sizes and shapes of precast panels were required, speeding
production and reducing costs by minimizing the number of forms. Material needs
also were reduced by using the exterior precast skin as both the façade and as load-
bearing panels for the interior double tees.




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PROJECT SPOTLIGHT
Energen Corporate Headquarters
Location: Birmingham, Ala.
Project Type: Office building
Area: 130,000 square feet plus 350-car parking structure
Designer: Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates Inc.
Owner: Energen Corp.
Contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractor Inc.
PCI-Certified Precaster: Gate Precast Co., Ashland City, Tenn.
Description: This seven-story building, located in the heart of the downtown area near historic buildings, houses the corporate
offices of a major natural-gas provider. The location demanded a design and appearance that would positively interact with and
complement the disparate civic and commercial structures in the vicinity. Using architectural precast concrete panels to clad the
façade helped to achieve that goal.
   Precast concrete panels were chosen due to their plasticity of design and sense of permanence. The granite-like appearance
allows the building to fit appropriately into the context of neighboring stone-clad buildings, particularly the historic Tutwiler
Hotel across the street, which features a classic brick façade and terra-cotta balconies. Stone coursing was evoked by carefully
controlling the panelization and creating joints at appropriate locations. The plasticity of the material also allowed for the
incorporation of the gas-flame motif onto the decorative spandrels, recalling the richness of carved stone in the older buildings.
     PROFILE          PROJECT SPOTLIGHT
                      Centergy @ Technology Square
                      Location: Atlanta
                      Project Type: Two-building office complex and parking structure
                      Area: 718,000 square feet (218,000 in building one, 500,000 in building two) plus a 1,175-car parking
                      structure
                      Designer: Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates Inc.
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                      Owner: Centergy One Associates LLC
                      Contractor: Hardin Construction Group
                      PCI-Certified Precaster: Gate Precast Co., Ashland City, Tenn.
                      Project cost: $70 million; precast cost: $2.42 million
                      Description: Designed as a nexus for a thriving high-tech corridor, this project connects Georgia Tech
                      University with a burgeoning business and residential community. Architectural precast concrete panels
                      helped mix town and gown in a style that fit both neighborhoods while producing a quickly constructed
                      and cost-effective design.
                         Brick-faced precast concrete panels were specified rather than traditional brick construction due to
                      cost efficiencies, speed of construction and simplified logistics. The bricks are 5/8-inch thick, providing a
                      traditional look but minimizing weight and connection details. The precast panels also provided an easily
                      achieved but contrasting look with the clean lines of the curtain wall system. The eight-story, all-precast
                      concrete parking structure complements the design of the six-story and 14-story buildings and creates a
                      visual bridges between the two.
                         The use of precast panels reduced construction time, saved about $1 per square foot over traditional
                      brick construction and eliminated the need for scaffolding. The precast also provided a much simpler
                      envelope, alleviating concerns about whether flashing was installed correctly, if mortar would fall during
                      construction or if the sheathing’s waterproofing was sufficient. Night crews and multiple cranes were used
                      to speed construction, minimizing erection time during the area’s rainy season, which produced an all-
                      time record for rainfall that year.
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     PROFILE          PROJECT SPOTLIGHT
                      Hearst Tower
                      Location: Charlotte, N.C.
                      Project Type: Office building
                      Area: 47 stories, 1 million square feet
                      Designer: Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart,
                      Stewart & Associates Inc.
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                      Owner: Bank of America
                      Contractor: Shelco/Baston-Cook, a joint
                      venture
                      PCI-Certified Precaster: Metromont
                      Prestress Co., Greenville, S.C.
                      Project cost: $150 million; precast cost:
                      $8.78 million
                      Description: This dramatic office center
                      features architectural precast concrete
                      panels to clad its 659-foot height. The
                      panels feature black granite inserts at
                      the base to provide visual interest, while
                      upper floors feature lighter-colored panels
                      with sandblasted and retarded finishes to
                      simulate natural stone.
                         The designers’ goal was to blend the
                      façade with the look of several nearby
                      buildings that stood as companions on the
                      skyline with the new building, particularly
                      the adjacent 60-story Corporate Center.
                      To achieve this blend, specially designed
                      architectural patterns were cast into
                      panels at the fourth level. This not only
                      complemented the style of the nearby
                      buildings but helped to accentuate the
                      division between textures and break up
                      the mass of the large footprint. Molds
                      for these detailed pieces, which contain a
                      high degree of surface relief and intricately
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                      detailed art-deco designs, took nearly two
                      weeks to fabricate.
                         Value-engineering produced a special
                      window-unit panel that allowed the panels
                      to span floor to floor. This design reduced
                      the number of pieces to be cast and erected
                      by several hundred, saving time and cost.
                         The unique cruciform design for the
                      building’s top produced corners that
                      progressively fill more of the city skyline
                      as the tower rises. It was designed as a
                      six-story metal and glass unit comprising
                      an array of triangular windows and metal
                      ribs that thrust outward from the center
                      of the building. This approach to the
                      building’s design met the owner’s goal of
                      creating a structure that was architecturally
                      distinctive while also being delivered
                      within 28 months of beginning.
                                                                                                                              PROFILE
PROJECT SPOTLIGHT
U.S. Army Reserve Command Headquarters
Location: Fort McPherson, Ga.
Project Type: Army headquarters
Area: 218,000 square feet and 600-car parking structure
Designer: Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates Inc.




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Owner: Department of the Army
Contractor: Metric Constructors
PCI-Certified Precaster: Metromont Corp., Dalton, Ga.
Description: The project consolidated various offices for the Command and Control Headquarters and met design
criteria set by the Army to move beyond the typical military installation to create a more corporate appearance. This
goal was aided with architectural precast concrete spandrel panels used at the floor lines and under the overhanging roof,
along with column covers inserted between the spandrels at each column line and corner pieces at all in-and-out turns.
    The exterior character, featuring decorative metal trim, pitched roof details and detailing in the precast panels,
responds to the turn-of-the-century buildings located at nearby Hedekin Field. The architectural panels feature a high-
quality finish that combines Colonial granite from Minnesota, Martin Marietta’s black granite from Arrowwood, N.C.,
Black Beauty sand from Kentucky, mortar sand from South Carolina and Antique White cement from Cobb County,
Ga. The mix was further enhanced with red and black iron-oxide pigments.
    Two finishes were used on the same mix to develop the final two shades that are seen on the façade. Parts of the panels
had an exposed-aggregate finish to enhance the aggregate colors, while other portions feature a medium-sandblast finish
to provide a subdued, matte finish.
    After samples were approved, a full-scale mock-up panel was cast and erected at the job site. Other exterior materials,
including window glass, frames and caulk, were added to the sample to provide a full representation of the building
exterior.
    A monumental entryway, including a vestibule, also was framed with precast concrete panels to provide a dramatic
first impact for visitors. A similar precast design also was used to clad the adjacent parking structure and the covered
walkway to the building.




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