4 Advantages of Precast Concrete Panels for Bulk Storage

Concrete walls are a common specification for bulk storage structures – including those used for fertilizer, agricultural commodities and salt and sand. Precast concrete walls are especially popular, and have several advantages over cast-in-place (CIP) or site-cast concrete walls.

Concrete Wall Panels Increase Storage Capacity

Concrete walls have a high load-bearing capacity, allowing bulk piles to extend to the very edges of the building. Using the entire building area for storage decreases the necessary building footprint and lowers the cost per bushel stored.

The size and number of panels needed will depend on the amount of product stored. An experienced building consultant will calculate the size of the precast panels needed based on your tonnage and requirements. A building customized around business needs will realize a faster return on investment.

Salt sheds are a common application for precast panel walls. Check out some examples. 

Sturdy concrete walls will withstand accidental impact, corrosion and other factors that will damage alternative building materials. Reduce the amount of maintenance and downtime with precast panel walls.

Using Precast Concrete Reduces Construction Time

Precast concrete walls are fully manufactured and then delivered to the construction site. The panels are factory-cast in a controlled environment, allowing for tighter control of the mix and curing processes.

The panels can be manufactured any time, even before construction permits are secured – with no delays due to weather or other factors. Once the panels arrive onsite, they are lifted into place and construction continues without waiting for curing and drying.

Speed is critical for some industries. Read a case study of a frac storage building with precast panels that was assembled in just weeks. 

Precast panels can be used as the foundation for the building or to create storage bays inside. Storage bays are built especially fast, often in just a day or two. Storage bays can also be assembled after the walls and construction are complete, so construction crews have access to clearspan space and can work faster during primary construction.

Precast Walls Are Reconfigurable and Transferable

As the market changes, so do storage needs. With precast concrete walls, panels can be moved to create more or larger storage and blend bays. If the entire building will be relocated, the panels can be trucked and installed in the new location without loss of quality or integrity.

Concrete panels are also easy to clean and dry, allowing the building owner to cycle through different stored material. This increases the ability to store multiple materials and keep the storage structure full year-round.

Precast panels are an important, efficient part of a flat storage building.

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