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Gate Precast, PRETECSA win new PCI award

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute announced two PCI-certified precast producers as winners of the first annual Sidney Freedman Craftsmanship Award—Gate Precast Company and PRETECSA. The award recognizes PCI-certified plants for excellence in manufacturing and craftsmanship of architectural precast and glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) structures and individual components.

Gate Precast was recognized for producing the custom-textured cladding panels on the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science building was designed to evoke a sedimentary geologic formation pushing its way through the landscape. The precaster was able to assemble polymer modules in multiple configurations to produce unique appearances in multiple larger mold units. The result was a solution that allowed the creation of complex and varied geometric shapes. The project was designed by Morphosis in conjunction with local architect Good, Fulton & Farrell. The general contractor was Balfour Beatty Construction. Furthermore, Gate Precast received an honorable mention for its work creating the classic architectural details for the St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta, Ga.

PRETECSA was recognized for producing the cladding panels for the Latter Day Saints Quetzaltenango Temple in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. The structure includes more than 1,335 precast panels cast with white marble aggregates and TX Active photocatalytic cement. Straight, concave, and convex molds were created for highly complex pieces and a variety of manual finishes were added to the panels. This resulted in a beautiful, handmade look consistent with the Mayan decorative elements upon which the project was based. The project was designed by Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects. The general contractor was Grupo ITSA.

The new awards program was created and judged by the PCI Architectural Precast Concrete Services and Manual Committee. Judging was based on the precaster’s success in overcoming obstacles to production, solutions to formwork or finishing challenges, and quality of individual architectural precast/prestressed concrete or GFRC units.

Entries will be accepted for the second annual Sidney Freedman Craftsmanship Award beginning in December 2012.