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NJIT Architecture Students Tour Precast Concrete Manufacturing Facility

Students from the PCI Architectural Design Studio at NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design recently visited Universal Concrete Products, a leading manufacturer of architectural precast concrete products, as part of the program’s “beyond-the-classroom” learning experience.  In a presentation and tour of the facilities led by Don Evans and Bill Hydock of Universal Concrete, the students saw precast wall panels in various stages of production and learned about the complex processes involved in translating design ideas into built reality, from panel customization and shop drawing production, to formwork fabrication, factory quality control measures, and shipping logistics.  The class, coordinated by Assistant Professor Matt Burgermaster, is sponsored by Precast/Pre-stressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and the Mid-Atlantic Precast Association (MAPA) as an educational and research initiative focused on state-of-the-art innovative approaches to the integration of precast concrete design, fabrication and construction.  The Spring 2013 PCI 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.