Expanding Our Reach

A new Precast Studio at Idaho State University will start up in January and be co-funded by the PCI Foundation and the NPCA Foundation. During the first year, the focus will be on precast bridges and include:

  • Introduction to precast/prestressed concrete
  • Plant tours to Teton Prestress Concrete in Idaho Falls
  • Presentations by Idaho Transportation Department, Sika, Forterra Structural Precast, PCI Mountain States, HDR, and Lochner
  • Precast bridges, basic structural analysis/design, construction technologies, hydraulic considerations
  • Precast bridge site visit (non-seismic)
  • Introduction to precast buildings/differences between precast bridges and buildings
  • Bridge aesthetic using precast concrete
  • Bridge competition: Construction and testing of precast bridge specimens under gravity loads considering strength, weight, cost, durability, and aesthetic

The studio will focus on the use of precast/prestressed concrete in transportation systems (seismic and non-seismic zones) for four years and will include both bridges and culverts. Mustafa Mashal is the lead professor for the program.

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