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Denver, CO, United States, 2012/10/25 - Stresscon Corporation, located in Colorado Springs, recently completed erection of the architectural precast concrete for the RTD West Rail Line at Wadsworth Boulevard - EnConUnited.com.
This structure is a 4-Level garage serving the RTD passengers at Wadsworth Blvd and 13th Avenue, the primary RTD station for the City of Lakewood. The precast concrete spandrels and column covers greatly enhance the appearance of the garage by providing two colors- tan and dark gray. As designed by Gensler Architects, the two colors are used in such a way that the tan panels form a large multi-bay and multi-story “picture frame” effect surrounding the gray elements. This color-defined frame effect is emphasized by a 3 in. projecting gray bullnose that is cast into the tan panels.
In addition to the frame and bullnose concept, many of the gray spandrels were cast on a horizontal ribbed form liner. The resultant ribs, in combination with shadow lines created by the steps in the face of concrete, adds a significant amount of architectural interest to the building.
There are a total of 187 pieces of architectural precast concrete, all cast on a fiberglass form. Most of these pieces contain either the tan or the gray color as a single mix in a given element. However, many of the tan elements contain the gray bullnose. This casting of two colors in the same piece required a great deal of care and workmanship to keep the colors properly separated. All of the elements are given an acid-etch finish that simulates the look of natural stone, but at a significant savings in cost.
The spandrels are tall enough to provide for the Code required 42 in. of personal fall protection. And at 8 in. thick, both the spandrels and column covers also resist accidental vehicular impact.
About Stresscon Corporation
Stresscon Corporation designs, fabricates, and erects quality structural and architectural precast concrete structures for the construction communities of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Founded in 1967 and a member of the EnCon Companies since 1993, Stresscon is PCI certified and specializes in institutional and commercial applications. Stresscon’s project teams of professional engineers and technicians provide pre-construction services, conceptual studies, and beneficial design collaboration.
About The EnCon Companies
The EnCon Companies (enconunited.com) are specialty contractors providing precast/prestressed concrete systems and services to all facets of the construction marketplace. In addition to the corporate offices and the design group, both headquartered in Denver, Colorado, EnCon Companies maintains nine manufacturing facilities nationwide. Recognized as one of the leading precast companies in the United States, EnCon is pioneering the use of the latest technology for the design and fabrication of precast structures.