Orlando, Florida—(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–November 3, 2003–Fabricating a building in one country and transporting it piece by piece to a city in another that is 3,750 Km away is exactly what PRETECSA, a Mexican construction company, did when they built the new Salt Lake City Public Library in Utah.
“With this project, a new concept in precast concrete building was introduced; proving superiority in time, cost and quality against the competition”, said Alejandro Fastag, CEO of Prefabricados Técnicos de la Contrucción S.A. (PRETECSA).
The masterpiece, designed by renowned Israeli architect Moshe Safdie in association with VCBO Architecture, received the most prestigious award in the industry to precast concrete companies given by PCI (Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute). PRETECSA was awarded the “Design Awards 2003” for Best Public Building.
Even though the distance was a major factor, the contracting company saved US$ 1.5 million dollars over its closest competitor who would have built the library in the USA. “In terms of quality, accuracy and puntuality, we are at par with any American company”, added Fastag. “However, those who contract our services can save up to 20% in their precast concrete budgets”.
A total of 87,489.19 square feet of architectural precast elements were manufactured. In other words, 2,080 pieces with a total weight of 3,894,710.54 pounds were transported to Utah. 140 truckloads were required to transport them to the USA, a distance that, multiplied by the number of loads, is equivalent to 13.1 rounds around the world, or 1.37 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
The Salt Lake City Public Library architectural complex is conformed by three different structures, which are complemented by exterior areas that successfully integrate the buildings to its urban surroundings.
For more information about:
– PRETECSA: http://www.pretecsa.com
– Salt Lake City Library: http://www.slcpl.lib.ut.us
– Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI): http://www.pci.org
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