Monday, September 27, 2010

Gate Precast Launches Building Design Website -

This interactive website from  offers the design community the latest product information, blogs and multimedia trends.

Gate Precast Company, a leading manufacturer of precast/prestressed concrete systems, is proud to announce the launch of its new website --

"We are very excited about the new design and internal structure of our website,” said Dean Gwin, COO, President of Gate Precast Company.

“Gate Precast is renowned for its design-assist capabilities. The expanded features within our new website strengthen this collaboration providing technical resources to contractors, architects and owners 24/7.”

Gate Precast design professionals will share the latest innovations and expertise when building with sustainable precast concrete systems on

Enhancements to the Gate Precast website include:
  • Dynamic Project Slideshows
  • Reliable and Fast Search Capabilities
  • Design Assistance with downloadable Digital Resources
  • Surface Aesthetics Galleries
  • In-house BIM design
  • Innovative Precast Building Solutions Blog
The new Gate Precast website was developed by Darkstar Design (, a Nashville-based marketing, advertising and design studio. The website’s design allows Gate Precast to always keep new and useful information in front of the design community.

For additional information or to join our mailing list for updates and company news, please email Jane Martin at

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

GATEstone: A Custom Architectural Expression

Jacksonville Main Library - Simulated stone precast finish
The design community has long desired a finish emulating the imperfections of natural stone within an architectural precast concrete wall system. GATEstone's variegated architectural expressions permits any color, form and texture imaginable. 

Gate's first project using this unique finish was on Robert A.M. Stern Architects' Main Library in Jacksonville, FL,  a major civic building that required a high quality finish.  The GATEstone finish approximates the surface of coquina stone; each rusticated panel has its own personality. This monumental building has inspired many owners and architects to choose this finish for their structures. It is not uncommon to see pedestrians reach out and touch the exterior to feel the finish.

Indiana Univ. Stadium - Split-faced limestone-like texture
On a stadium addition at Indiana University, the architect contextually connected to the limestone quarries of the surrounding area by using precast concrete formliners  to impart a split-faced limestone-like texture into the concrete to emulate giant blocks of quarry limestone. These formliners were created by taking impressions from actual blocks of limestone. After the completion of Indiana University's North Endzone Facility, the University set the GATEstone quality of the exterior of the stadium addition as the design reference for future projects. 

For more information or samples of the GATEstone finish, visit and search for GATEstone or email

Gatestone offers any color, form or texture imaginable
GATEStone: A cost effective, schedule effective and eco-friendly solution.