Tristar’s Precast Concrete division produces architectural elements for commercial, multi-family and residential projects. Our plant is located in Abbotsford, B.C., 1 hour east of Vancouver.
All products are manufactured to CAN /CSA Concrete Material and Construction Standards, CSA 23.4. to Architectural Grade A finish. Engineered design of reinforcing, lifting points and connection details are provided as required. Steel and wood forms are employed to provide a superior finish. Stock items are sold through our distributors. Custom shaped products are priced on a project basis. Integrally coloured concrete with a smooth or light sandblast finish are available.
Precast concrete offers an almost endless variety of products and design options for both above ground and underground construction. From the largest infrastructure projects to the smallest architectural details, precast is one of the most versatile and sustainable building materials available for today’s fast-paced, environmentally conscious construction.
Here are just a few reasons why precast concrete continues to grow in popularity among engineers, architects and specifiers.
Strong and growing stronger
The strength of precast concrete gradually increases over time. Other materials can deteriorate, experience creep and stress relaxation, lose strength and deflect over time. The load-carrying capacity of precast concrete is derived from its own structural qualities and does not rely on the strength or quality of the surrounding backfill materials.
Although precast concrete is quite heavy, nearly all other competing materials require machinery for handling and installation as well. Speed of installation is more dependent on excavation than product handling and placement. Unlike other materials such as fiberglass, precast concrete does not require the use of special rigging (such as fabric slings) to avoid structural damage.
Lower lifetime costs
Precast’s superior strength means that installation is often easier, quicker and less costly. It also requires less ongoing maintenance and a reduced likelihood of future problems. That means a lower total cost over the life cycle of a project.
Get the job done fast
Precast concrete products arrive at the job site ready to install, which can save weeks over cast-in-place construction. Precast reduces the need for skilled labor on site and decreases the footprint. There is no need to order raw materials such as reinforcing steel and concrete, and no time wasted setting up forms, placing reinforcement, pouring concrete and waiting for concrete to cure.
Studies have shown that precast concrete products can provide a service life in excess of 100 years. For severe service conditions, additional design options are available which can extend the life of the precast concrete product. This is extremely important when calculating life-cycle costs for a project. Precast concrete also resists most substances. While no material is completely immune to attack from aggressive chemical agents, precast products can often be designed to resist corrosion in specific applications.
We’re talking quality here
Because precast concrete products typically are produced in a controlled environment, they exhibit high quality and uniformity. Variables typically affecting quality on a job site – temperature, humidity, craftsmanship – are closely controlled in a plant environment.
Watertightness comes standard
Precast concrete products manufactured in a quality-controlled environment and used with high-quality sealants offer a superior solution to watertightness requirements. Standard watertight sealants are specially formulated to adhere to precast concrete, making watertight multiple-seam precast concrete structures possible.
More than good looks
Precast concrete products are both functional and decorative. They can be shaped and molded into an endless array of sizes and configurations. Precast concrete can also be produced in virtually any color and a wide variety of finishes (acid-etched, sandblasted, smooth-as-cast, exposed-aggregate) to achieve the desired appearance for building and site applications. You are limited only by your imagination!
Scroll through the following pages to view shapes cast for past projects. Drawings for each shape are provided in dxf and dwg formats for easy import into project documents. If you don’t see a shape that fits your next project, contact Kevin Swordy for pricing.