High Concrete Group, a manufacturer of architectural precast concrete, recently broke ground on a major revitalization of its precast concrete production facilities at its Denver, Pa. headquarters. The investment in new equipment, processes and construction will completely overhaul operations on its 148-acre Pennsylvania campus in a bid to extend the company’s growing presence and influence in the world of architectural precast concrete.
Scheduled for completion in mid-2020 at a cost of approximately $8 million, the project is expected to result in 50 to 70 new jobs, and as much as $50 million per year in local revenue when the plant operates at full capacity.
“High is recognized for world-class leadership in architectural precast,” notes John (J.) Seroky, High Concrete Group president. “This strategic initiative will bring increased capacity and efficiencies that enable us to serve more customers better. And it signals our commitment to invest in technology that keeps High at the forefront of innovation in the precast market. We are also proud that this initiative will lower our carbon footprint and improve work conditions for our co-workers.”
Architectural precast includes structural and non-structural walls, cladding and panels used as facades for commercial and institutional buildings. Recent examples of High’s architectural work include the new Statue of Liberty Museum, which opened in May 2019, and the award-winning 1200 Intrepid office building in the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
While the company will continue to serve its structural markets, the project relocates its architectural precast operations into its largest production building, which will streamline operations and provide space for future growth.
“After extensive global research, we are utilizing the latest technology available,” says Sean Dixon, plant maintenance asset manager for High Concrete Group. “The technology we are using for batching, mixing and color systems is the best available in the world for architectural precast producers.”
Dixon adds that systems feeding the new mixers will increase the number and variety of aggregates available for architectural mixes, and that new storage areas will improve quality and repeatability.
“The architectural community is demanding high-performing building enclosures. Durable, resilient and energy-efficient architectural precast meets this need,” says Bob Pabst, vice president of sales for High Concrete Group.
The company will move its structural forms to the building formerly occupied by its architectural operations while maintaining structural capacity at the company’s current volume. A new structural batch plant and related construction will allow for a future “bullet” delivery system reducing batch-to-form times.