The PCI Foundation, along with PCI West and University of Southern California, sponsored a professors seminar June 1-3 that gave fourteen professors of architecture, engineering and construction management helpful background to teach precast concrete programs. Fourteen professors, two regional directors, and six PCI associate and producer members spent three days both in the classroom and in the field in order to provide a program that included not just theory, but also design, production, erection and finished precast projects.
Speakers for the program included PCI Certified plant personnel, architects from Gensler, professors from current programs, and project owner (USC). The attendees visited the Clark Pacific plants in Irwindale and Fontana where Brad Williams provided an in-depth tour. Next the group visited a finished precast project (The Broad Museum) and heard about Willis Construction Co.’s fabrication of the “veil” of glass fiber reinforced concrete. On the last day, the group toured the project site for the University Village which Coreslab Structures (LA) is fabricating.
Professors who attended the program were not only from schools where PCI Foundation is currently active, but also other schools interested in possibly starting more robust precast programs.
The next PCI Foundation Professors Seminar will take place in early January 2018. For more information, contact Marty McIntyre at the PCI Foundation, 708-386-3715.