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Steve Gantner, CSI, CCS, CCCA
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Username: sgantner

Post Number: 35
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 02:50 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I recieved a substitution request today for a precast concrete manufacturer that is APA (Architectural Precast Association) plant certified and not PCI certified. Does or has anyone worked with APA and how is the finished product compared to PCI? Before I get too far into the weeds, I thought I'd ask the experts first.
Paul Sweet (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 - 12:44 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I've always thought that PCI deals mostly with structural and large wall panels, while APA deals more with non-structural precast.
Curt Norton, CSI, CCS
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Username: curtn

Post Number: 194
Registered: 06-2002

Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 - 01:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

ARCOM spec on Arch Precast has this editors note and text:
Usually retain first subparagraph below. PCI plant certification was established in 1967 and is a different program than APA's plant certification established in 1993. Consult APA or PCI for further information.
1. Designated as a PCI-certified plant for Group A, Category A1 - Architectural Cladding and Load Bearing Units[ at time of bidding][ or designated as an APA-certified plant for production of architectural precast concrete products].
Steve Gantner, CSI, CCS, CCCA
Senior Member
Username: sgantner

Post Number: 36
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014 - 10:44 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Thanks for the information.

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