Precast Concrete Cladding In Multi-Storey Buildings

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Title: Precast Concrete Cladding In Multi-Storey Buildings

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Date: 2/13/2011

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With the rise of Post-modern architecture in the 1980s, an interest in replicating traditional load-bearing stonework led to the development of precast concrete finished to simulate natural stone. Once relegated to occasional limestone details, stone simulating precast is increasingly being used as cladding material in buildings. Today, precast concrete has the ability to simulate limestone, granite, marble, travertine, quartz, dolomite, and split face rock. More architects also prefer designing with precast concrete, since it is less expensive to purchase and erect than stone. Concrete can be economical for intricate sculptural elements such as finials and cornices that must be carved form natural stone blocks. Precast is also gaining advocates among architects and owners concerned about liability connected with falling stone [1].


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