Innovative Ductal® Facade Project Wins a PCI Design Award!


Brooklyn, NY, USA

We are pleased to announce that the 55 Pearl Street, "Dumbo" Townhouse project, with its unique Ductal® Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) louvered facade, is co-winner of a 2016 Precast/ Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Design Award in the "Best Custom Solution" category.


“Dumbo” (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is a historic neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. Once an aging industrial zone; it is now a bustling, mixed-use area with galleries, shops, restaurants and lofts. The Dumbo Townhouse development is built on the site of an old warehouse - an impressive addition to the neighborhood with five, five-storey luxury units, each about 3,000 sq. ft., with 20 ft. ceilings.

The energy-efficient design, with its louvered façade panel system made of Ductal® UHPC, allows sunlight and shade to filter through to the interior. Each of the 44 large-scale Ductal® panels (18 ft long x 12 ft wide) contain a series of ribs and no rebar, covering a total surface area of 8,650 sq. ft.

According to the Ductal® Architecture Business Development Manager (Kelly Henry), a crucial design requirement was the customized panel color, which had to blend with and compliment the surrounding historic neighborhood, including some older, weathered facades.


This is the 11th PCI Design Award for an innovative Ductal® UHPC project.

*The PCI Design Awards recognize design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete. The program has helped the design and construction community innovate and advance by showcasing ideas that push the envelope, overcome challenges, and improve upon existing concepts. The program demonstrates how designers are continuing to utilize high performance precast/prestressed concrete to achieve sustainable, more cost-effective, aesthetically-pleasing, and quickly-constructed projects.  All winning projects will be showcased at the PCI Convention in 2017, and in the PCI Design Award Winners summary article, to be published in the PCI JournalAscent and Aspire magazines. Together these publications reach more than 60,000 industry stakeholders.


This project is the first of its kind in North America and demonstrates how UHPC, used in an innovative precast louvered-façade application, allowed the perfect blend of old and new architecture without compromising the integrity of the neighborhood.

Bill Henderson, Gate Precast

Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) DESIGN AWARDS: DUCTAL® PROJECT WINNERS 1998 - 2016

2016: DUMBO Townhouses - Best Custom Solution (co-winner)

2014: G8WAY Pavilion - Best Custom Solution

2013: Hodder Avenue Underpass (1) Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award

2013: Hodder Avenue Underpass (2) Best Bridge with Spans between 76 and 150 ft. (23.2 and 46 m)

2012: Little Cedar Creek Waffle Deck Bridge -  Best Bridge with Spans up to 75 ft. 

2011: The Atrium - Best Mixed-Use Building

2009: Jakway Park Bridge - Best Bridge Project up to 75 ft

2008: Glenmore Trail Legsby Road Pedestrian Bridge - Innovative Technology

2007: Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion - Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award (co-winner)

2005: Shawnessy LRT Station: (1) Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award

2005: Shawnessy LRT Station: (2) Best Custom Solution


1998: Sherbrooke Pedestrian Bridge Non-Highway Bridge

The 55 Pearl Street, Dumbo Townhouse project with Ductal® louvered facade


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