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Santa Clara Family Justice Center

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San Jose, CA

Administrative Office of the Courts

ZGF Architects

Rutherford & Chekene

General Contractor:
Hensel Phelps Construction

Precast Products:
Architectural Precast

Article from: PCI West Precast Perspectives Winter 2016 Edition

Architectural Precast Provides Design Goal While Maintaining Financial Budget.

 “As with all Projects, cost was a big issue and was the main reason we decided to proceed with precast concrete for the exterior, in lieu of travertine stone cladding.” “The nice thing about precast concrete is that the mix design was able to mimic the travertine in color and texture which the court appreciated.”  “In addition, we detailed cast-in reveals that transformed a 16’-0” tall, monolithic panel into what appears to be a series of 24” x 48” handset travertine stone panels.” “This gave the courthouse its iconic, dignified and timeless appearance while at a price that would not seem excessive and wasteful.”

Mark Piaia, ZGF Architects LLP

These comments once again confirm that specifying and designing the exterior skin of any project always comes down to a meticulous balance between the designer’s aesthetic expression and the cost to achieve it. It also mentions the need for materials that can accommodate different sizes, shapes, colors and textures. The limitless design options of Architectural Precast have proven to be the best cost effective design solution for many projects. It is our responsibility, as a prime subcontractor, to assist the designer and the owner, to meet those goals.


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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