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NJIT Architecture Students Visit Manufacturing Facility of Concrete Industry Leader

A group of students and faculty from NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design recently visited Architectural Polymers, Inc., a leader and innovator in the concrete form fabrication industry as part of their studies in the Precast/Pre-stressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Architectural Design Studio.  This beyond the classroom learning experience was organized by PCI program coordinator Assistant Professor Matt Burgermaster as a resource for the students to learn about the company’s advanced production technologies and methods and their applications in innovative architectural design solutions. The group met with Architectural Polymers President and CEO, Marshall Walters, for a presentation and tour of his state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, where they saw examples of Computer-Numerically-Controlled (CNC) fabrication, elastomeric form-liner molds, thin-brick inlay systems, and custom photo-engraved image transfer technologies.  The class is sponsored by PCI and the Mid-Atlantic Precast Association (MAPA) as an educational and research initiative focused on state-of-the-art innovative approaches to the integrated of precast concrete design, fabrication, and construction.  The spring 2013 design studio is focused on the application of high-performance precast concrete technologies to the design of prototypical “next-gen” construction solutions for communities affected by Hurricane Sandy in coastal New Jersey.