Member News – November

November 17, 2020

Member News is a special monthly post exclusively featuring the latest news from PCI Mid-Atlantic Chapter members. Content ranges from new hires to company awards and achievements to grand openings and company expansions.

See this month’s chapter news below:

  • Two new residence halls on the Cornell Campus celebrate distinguished alumnae and incorporate precast design. IKON.5 architects announced: “We’re excited to share the news that two of the new residence halls we’re designing for Cornell University will be named for distinguished alumnae—Ruth Bader Ginsburg (BA ’54) and Toni Morrison (MA ’55). These student residences are part of the larger North Campus Residential Expansion (NCRE) project, which will add 2,000 student beds, dining facilities, and recreation spaces to North Campus, realizing a long held university goal to house first- and second-year students on campus. Currently in construction with the first phase slated for completion in Fall 2021, the NCRE is conceived as a community-within-a-community comprising two sites organized as villages of three- to five-story buildings grouped around courtyards. Designed to complement its neighbors, the NCRE buildings will be clad in red and grey terra cotta, with highly transparent, glazed ground levels to encourage social connection. Like the trailblazing women after whom the first two buildings of the project will be named, the NCRE “will mark a new chapter in residential life at Cornell,” said Cornell President Martha E. Pollack, “revitalizing and in many ways reinventing the student experience here. Click here to congratulate Shockey Precast for being part of these exciting projects.

  • How Precast Builds … Schools! According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about one-fourth (28 percent) of all public schools were built before 1950, and 45 percent of all public schools were built between 1950 and 1969. In 1989, the Education Writers Association reported that nearly half of the public school buildings in America were obsolete and contained environmental hazards (Lewis, 1989). So we’re thrilled to see precasters like Tindall Corporation supply thin brick architectural panels for schools like the Chesterfield County Schools in Virginia. Like much of the existing aging building stock in the Northeast and MidAtlantic states, Manchester Middle School was originally built in the 1960s. Click this link to check out the new middle school which broke ground in 2019.

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