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SEP 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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www.concreteproducts.com September 2017 • 41 FEATURE PCI AWARDS To achieve Faena Park's unique façade, Gate Precast used BIM soft- ware and CNC machining to create a repetitious level of precision and uniformity. using their CNC router. Then they sprayed the foam molds with GFRC to deliver added polish and dimension to the final aesthetic. The end result is breathtaking," explains Freedman. Judges note that the Faena Park project was selected due to the way it bridges a gap between the architect's vision of the freestanding parking garage and Gate Precast's fabrication of its unique beehive- esque façade. "Their final product, which was a white sandblast precast concrete façade of angled perforations, was a high-impact design because it had to facilitate airflow, light, and controlled views," says PCI Architectural Services Manager Jim Lewis. "We used Building Information Modeling in the design process, and CNC machining during production to create the repetitious level of precision and uniformity the project required," explains Bryant Luke of Gate Precast. "This uniformity would have been impossible to replicate through manual power tools." Freedman adds, "Their ventilated façade system was such a com- plex puzzle for the precaster to solve. It took an amazing level of ingenuity to think of doing things like using reverse plugs made out of rubber and concrete to create the unique end result." Lewis and Freedman say the judges also decided to award an honorable mention to Gate Precast's 610 Highland Crossing—an 18,000-sq.-ft. single family residence built in southern Louisiana— thanks in large part to how impressed they were with the intricacy of the precast concrete façade. With assistance from the precaster, the design team developed a method of aggregating and casting nine CNC milled primitives to create sculptural waves arranged in various ways so that each of the 15 (Type B) precast panels were unique when cast. "One of the joys of having worked with precast concrete producers for several decades is that I have personally witnessed an industry that has constantly adapted and grown with modern design expecta- tions and vision without sacrificing the strength and quality of the material and building method," affirms Freedman. PCI will begin accepting entries for the 2018 Sidney Freedman Craftsmanship Award in May 2018.

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