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APR 2019

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 April 2019 • 39 PRESTRESSED CASTING CO. At-A-Gl A nce Prestressed Casting has served southern Missouri, northern Arkansas and markets in other neighboring states since 1957. It provides turnkey services using in-house personnel and equipment, including product delineation and design, manufacture, trucking and erection, and is espe- cially geared to fast track, design-build project delivery. The Springfield, Mo., producer has two plants with a full range of structural and archi- tectural offerings: Columns; flat or double tee wall and deck products; rectangular and inverted tee beams; stadium riser seating sections; plus, spandrel, fascia and cladding elements. Solid or insulated precast wall panels are produced in a variety of finishes, ranging from architectural sandblast to USDA-grade for food processing facilities. One of Prestressed Casting's target areas for much of this decade has been structures designed for F-5 tornado exposure—built with slightly enhanced precast walls and double tee roof components spanning up to 95 feet. Tornado shelters present an example where precast's inherent weight is a design advantage. Indeed, structural precast members have predictable engineering advantages, as the wind load on the wall of a building subject to tornado activity is three times that of the live load on a parking structure driving surface. Over a three-year period that saw the worst effects of the recession subside, Prestressed Casting installed structures for 75 shelters built to Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines for F-5 tornado zones. Public and private construction stakeholder interest in buildings designed for tornados was an outgrowth of the May 2011 tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo. Prestressed Casting serves markets at or near the center of the highest tornado and seismic zones in the U.S. The seismic factor reflects proximity to the often-overlooked New Madrid Fault, stretching from northeast Arkansas to southern Illinois. PHOTOS: Prestressed Casting FEATURE PCI CHAIR KEITH WALLIS referenced in the 2021 International Building Code, and inform PCI Standards Committee, Technical Activities Council and other Institute activities supporting the Precast, Prestressed Building Code. Much work will proceed under Edith Smith, who joined the Institute in 2018 as manager of Codes and Standards. • Increase Relative Market Share of Precast, Prestressed Concrete. PCI Strategic Plan Goal 2 addresses member opportunities in bridges, buildings, building enclosure systems, parking structures, and other transportation, infrastructure and industrial applications. Among top deliverables, it calls for identifying, funding and managing "Research and development projects for industry information, products, mate- rials and systems that could expand the use of precast, prestressed concrete." The Market Share goal emphasizes an organizational structure adopted in 2018. It positions PCI Chicago headquarters as a national office for technical support and standards development functions, and tasked with channeling design, engineering and best practices assets to 11 regional Chapters or Partners, each represented on the PCI Board. The goal calls for developing and sustaining "a network of highly effective local promotion organizations by optimizing national support to maximize local effectiveness." Market Share hinges on aligning resources with priorities revealed in the Market Survey Report. Now in its third year, the report compiles segment and product category data from shipment fig- ures PCI members provide in confidence to an outside accountant. Continued on Page 41

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