Providing Innovative Solutions to Creative Precast Designs

Architectural Precast Concrete, Thinshell, and GFRC - Willis Construction Co, Inc.

1212 Bordeaux Office

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Sunnyvale, CA

Devcon Construction

General Contractor:
Devcon Construction

Project Highlights:
Board Form Liner for both exterior and interior surfaces
Rigid Board Insulation cast into panel as a “Sandwich Panel”
Exposed preweld panel connections to Structural Steel

“Design Build” means more design options, while meeting the project budget.

The 1212 Bordeaux Office precast design is a “first of its kind” for Willis Construction. Prior to completing the contract documents the Architect and Willis Construction met to clearly understand the designer’s intent. Through the “Design Build” process Willis Construction was able to evaluate solutions to achieve the final aesthetics, and to do so within the owner’s budget. The designer requested some very unique design ideas that are not common for Architectural Precast cladding. Unlike a typical project that shows the beauty of Architectural Precast on its exterior skin, the designer wanted to bring that finish inside as well. And not the typical light or heavy sandblasted finishes you see with Architectural Precast. The designer chose a board form liner that was used to simulate a wood finish. This meant applying the form liner to the front and back of the panel during the pour process. With precast providing the exterior and interior finishes, it was necessary for the precast panels to also provide the buildings insulation. This was achieved by casting all panels with insulation in the middle of the panel. Otherwise known as a “sandwich panel”. And last, but definitely not least, the Architect wanted the interior structural steel and the panel connections to the structural steel exposed to view from the inside. It was important to the designer to leave the connections and structural steel as close as possible to their final construction state when completed. This included any markings or labeling used during the construction process. Each connection assembly including the welds were slightly cleaned of any loose debri, but for the most part, were left in their final state. Another reason why the “Design Build” process means “more design options, while meeting the project budget.”


Willis Construction is one of the leading Architectural Precast Concrete manufacturers and installers in the Western United States. We are dedicated to providing Owners, Architects, and General Contractors with the design and engineering expertise necessary to meet the building challenges of today and the future. The quality, durability, and long life of Architectural Precast Concrete, Thinshell, and GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) systems provide a wide range of design options for virtually every type of building. Contact us to decide which system would be best suited for your next project.

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Willis Construction, San Juan Bautista, CA: We are Precast Concrete and GFRC Specialists Willis Construction has been providing Architectural Precast Concrete building panels and products to the construction industry since 1979. Willis Construction has consistently risen to meet the changing and challenging needs of the construction industry with innovative and creative precast concrete design solutions. We have had the opportunity to work with excellent Owners, Contractors, Architects and Engineers. We are qualified, competent, competitive, enjoy our work, and are good team members for any project. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.


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