Providing Innovative Solutions to Creative Precast Designs

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

Sutardja Dai Hall

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Berkeley, CA

Regents of the University of California

Smith Group

Forell Elsesser

Hathaway Dinwiddie

Project Highlights:
-Design Build project
-Custom Board Form Finish
-PCI National Award

Precast Products:
GFRC multi-floor column covers, spandrals and wall panels

The University of California, Berkeley asked SmithGroup to redesign a new classroom/office/laboratory building that was already under construction in order to bring the project into budget.  This building replaces an older classroom/laboratory/office building, Davis Hall, which is part of the Col­lege of Engineering’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The new building includes an auditorium and classrooms, engineering laboratories, faculty and staff offices and special facilities for an interdisciplinary, multicampus research program, CITRIS, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society. The CITRIS program was established to create solutions to large-scale social and commercial problems that affect our daily quality of life.

The challenge of the design was working with the Art & Craft context of that part of the campus, but at the same time, fulfilling the rigorous requirement of a modern day high-tech research facility.  Human scale elements, rich textures, and fine details are the base of the design solution in respect of the craftsman tradition.

The selection of a GFRC cladding system on the office wing provides the project a cost efficient system without compromising the design aesthetic. The flexibility of the GFRC allows the designer more freedom to manipulate different skin elements to break down scale, create more shadow lines for more depth to the façade.  The highly wood grain textured and colored concrete, achieved, through specially selected and treated wood plants, the finishing touch of a refine and warmth feel.

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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