Students from the Rhode Island School of Design Precast Concrete studio visited Blakeslee Prestress on Friday March 13 to see production of precast/prestressed concrete products. The tour included an educational program by PCI Northeast executive director Rita Seradarian.
The studio will focus on the design and execution of 1:1 architectural objects using the material of precast concrete. The students will progress from research on the technical methods of fabrication, to castings in scale models typical in plaster, and full size castings with concrete. The course is lead by Brett Schneider.
Through the support of the PCI Foundation precast concrete elements and later as a location for pouring of the full scale components comprising the students’ design projects. Additional technical workshops with students working as group will also be included to introduce general methods working with concrete and formwork hands on.