Spancrete Awarded 2020 PCI Design Awards
Spancrete, a leader in precast/prestressed concrete building solutions, has won two Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) 2020 Design Awards for our work on Hotel Indigo in Madison, Wis., named "Best Hotel/Motel Building," and for 1323 Morse Avenue in Chicago, named "Best Multi-Family Residential Building." The PCI Design Awards program recognizes design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete.
“We are honored to have both Hotel Indigo and 1323 Morse Avenue recognized for their design excellence,” said John Nagy, chairman and CEO, Spancrete. “Both projects are great examples of how Spancrete precast solutions can create amazing structures, blending old and new to complement the surroundings and stand the test of time.”
The Hotel Indigo was originally an old paint manufacturing facility. Converting the structure and then expanding and connecting a completely new development into a cohesive, usable and safe hotel development took careful planning. A thorough and detailed BIM model (Building Information Modeling) of the expansion was created to arrive at a solution that would provide open, high floor plans, as well as minimize structural elements, all while ensuring sound proofing was maintained. A contemporary brick design provides a distinctive and striking color tone to incorporate the heritage of this historic art building while displaying a visual appeal to occupants on both the exterior and interior. The result is a striking property that boasts 144 guest rooms, event space and a restaurant.
While 1323 Morse Avenue was a new construction project, blending the building’s aesthetic with the existing neighborhood character was paramount, as was minimizing impact with construction in such a heavily populated area. Developer Tawani strategically chose a total precast solution to minimize community disturbance, in regards to both traffic impact and construction noise. Premanufactured pieces were delivered as-needed; and the building was enclosed in just 45 days. The finished result creates harmony between old and new with an architectural brick and white cement treatment, complementing other historic buildings in the area.
“From building virtual models of projects that demonstrate how various aspects of a building project work together, to custom engineering each piece, to our quality, durability and architectural standards, our team is dedicated to meeting our customers’ needs from start to finish. I’m proud of our team and our dedication to excellence in everything we do” said Alan Antoniewicz, president and COO, Spancrete.
Now in its 57th year, the PCI Design Awards showcase the creative and innovate uses of precast and prestressed concrete in a wide variety of structures. The program demonstrates how designers are continuing to use high performance precast, prestressed concrete to achieve sustainable, more cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing and quickly constructed projects.