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Miller-Mize Precast products use architectural precast concrete and a specialized process called cast stone. Both of these manufacturing processes have their own unique strengths and advantages to the designer to enable them to custom fit their functional and aesthetic requirements.

Architectural Precast
Architectural precast is the modernization process and technique used to fabricate concrete items. As a building material, concrete dates back to the aqueducts of ancient Rome to the first documented precast used as a screen wall and infill in 1923 in the “Notre Dame DU Haut” in Rainy, France.

Today, architectural precast provides architects and builders with design advantages of almost unlimited color and configuration flexibility. Precast is manufactured at a plant where the forming, mixing, placing, finishing and curing processes are tightly managed then the finished product is shipped to the building site for erection. This prefabrication efficiency provides the designer more options and benefits over the cast-in-place process.

Precast functionally provides the advantage of load bearing compressive strength while controlling tensile challenges with well designed and placed reinforcement using rebar, wire mesh, and connectors. Fire resistance, acoustic insulation and low long term maintenance are all inherent qualities of concrete. These advantages provide the designer and owner desirable qualities while lowering their total cost.

Building sites have limited space and high traffic from the multiple sub-contractors required to erect a building project. Precast provides the general contractor the luxury of having a quality product built to specifications off-site and scheduled to be delivered in near real-time to construction project plans. Precast can be quickly erected and makes for a rapid enclosure. The off-site construction, quality controlled process, and inherent properties of concrete make architectural precast a luring building material from a design, functional, and economic standpoint.

Cast Stone
Cast Stone is a highly refined architectural precast concrete and is manufactured to designer specifications to simulate natural cut stone. Cast stone is used as a building replacement material for a natural cut stone. It’s usually set in place by a masonry contractor using standard building stone anchors. Cast stone is mixed using a zero slump concrete with aggregates like limestone, marble, granite, slate and others to add to the stones color and simulation. Using the special cast stone mixture and vibratory tamp process, cast stone appears more of a “sugarcube finish” to distinguish its appearance from the “pebbly with voids” look normally associated with concrete.