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

Taylor Farms Headquarters

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Salinas, CA

Taylor Fresh Foods, Inc.

Barry Swenson Architectural

PLM (Pannu Larsen McCartney) Engineering

General Contractor:
Barry Swenson Builders

Project Highlights:
-Custom form liners
-Thin Brick Veneer on Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete

Precast Products:
Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete Column Covers and Spandrels

Article from: PCI West Precast Perspectives Spring 2016 Edition
GFRC Meets Historical Design Needs

The Taylor Farms Corporate Headquarters has become one of the most prominent buildings in the heart of downtown Salinas, California.  The 97,000 square foot building will house approximately 200 Taylor Farms team members and is expected to help revitalize the downtown area. It will feature restaurants and retail stores on the ground floor and a public plaza – giving a boost to the downtown economy and hospitality industry.  It was necessary to build a project that would conform to the local historical architecture.  Early California construction that typically included intricate and ornate features is something that can be achieved today with Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete.  This project included dentil shapes beneath the roof and 3rd floor crowns, thin brick and tile over GFRC panels, and custom emblems.  Producing a light weight panel skin with very ornate form shapes in GFRC is a very cost effective option.  The long life and durability of GFRC ensures decades of low maintenance costs for the ownership.  This project is a great example of how the contemporary material of GFRC can meet a designer’s historical design choice.   


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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