YouTube video explains how technology works and how it is produced.
AltusGroup (altusprecast.com) has produced a new video that describes the patented Graphic Concrete process for producing durable patterns and images on precast concrete surfaces such as walls, cladding panels, spandrels, soundwalls and rainscreens.
The three-minute video appears on AltusGroup’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/altusprecast) and website. It follows an agreement that makes AltusGroup (and its member precasters) the exclusive sourcepoint distributor of Graphic Concrete technology in North America.
In addition to showing more than a dozen striking applications worldwide, the video details Graphic Concrete’s environmental, design and practical benefits. The technology combines precast concrete’s durability and aesthetic versatility with Graphic Concrete’s capacity for artistry and creativity. Environmental benefits include the absence of acid-washing and silica dust exposure during production and the elimination of sealing or long-term maintenance to maintain the finish.
The video describes the simple process for creating a distinctive Graphic Concrete treatment with an AltusGroup precaster. First, a pattern is chosen (or created) and imprinted on a special retarder membrane. An appropriate mix design is determined. The membrane is placed at the bottom of the form and concrete is cast atop it. After the panel cures, it is stripped from the mold, and the membrane is removed. The retarder is washed away, revealing the final image. No additional work is needed before the panel can be erected, eliminating the need for fieldwork.
The first-ever national partnership of precast companies, AltusGroup was founded in 2003 to develop, manufacture and market precast innovations such as the award-winning CarbonCast® line of products featuring C-GRID carbon fiber grid reinforcing. With more than two dozen structural and architectural locations in the United States, the 20 North American and two international AltusGroup companies have an unparalleled network of manufacturing plants, technical staff and sales personnel to ensure architects, engineers and contractors get the help they need—and the quality and performance they expect—when they select exclusive AltusGroup technologies. For more information, visit altusprecast.com or call 866-GO-ALTUS.