The Precast Studios provide a unique opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience, learn more about precast concrete, develop new technical skills and work with local industry partners as part of their school program. It is also an opportunity for the precast industry to gain insights into the imaginations and goals of future leaders in the architecture and design community and to help ensure the growth of the precast concrete industry.
Building on the success and the great momentum of the PCI Foundation’s Precast Studios, the CPCI Board of Directors approved a similar program for Canadian implementation back in 2016. The first ever CPCI Precast Studio was introduced in 2017 at Dalhousie University School of Architecture in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Since its inception, two new Precast Studio programs were successfully added at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba and at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Over the last few years, the Studios in Canada have directly impacted close to 300 students. These are students that have participated in a focused program and that have or will graduate with additional knowledge and fresh enthusiasm for precast concrete.
CPCI’s Student Education Committee is passionate about providing learning opportunities to students and is committed to extending the reach of Studio offerings to other Canadian provinces. The expansion of the Studio Program in the years to come will help shape the future of the precast concrete industry in Canada.
Have a look at the profiles in the 2020 PCI Foundation yearbook below to see the inspiring work that is being accomplished by students and professors involved in the Precast Studio programs in Canada.