Gate Precast to Produce Precast Concrete Wall System for Replacement Hospital at Fort Hood

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Balfour Beatty / McCarthy joint venture design build team selects Gate Precast Company to produce an insulated architectural precast concrete wall system for the exterior of the replacement hospital at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood.

The use of BIM on design-build projects allows Gate Precast to integrate design through fabrication increasing efficiencies and reducing errors that deliver superior performance precast buildings, said Dean Gwin, Gate Precast President/COO

Gate Precast Company has been selected by the Balfour Beatty / McCarthy joint venture design build team to provide a thermally efficient, pre-insulated, brick inlaid architectural precast concrete exterior wall system for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ replacement hospital at Fort Hood.

The new $503 million, 944,000-square-foot medical facility is designed by HKS Architects and Wingler & Sharp. The facility will replace the existing Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

Gate Precast in Hillsboro, Texas will produce the blast-resistant precast concrete wall panels for the hospital. “Gate Precast is extremely honored and proud to be part of a design-build healthcare project of this magnitude, and knowing that this facility will house heroes inspires our team to go the extra mile to ensure we manufacture and install a quality structure where America’s servicemen and women can receive the best medical care,” said Todd Petty, VP, Operations of Gate Precast, Hillsboro, Texas.

Presently, Gate is in the design and engineering phase of the precast elements which are being modeled in BIM. Gate Precast is 100% BIM compliant with 69 licensed users who have designed over 70 structures company-wide.

The medical campus is designed to achieve the LEED Gold level. One of the sustainable measures includes a 30% reduction in energy use over ASHRAE Standard 90.1. The innovative precast wall panels feature a continuous layer of insulation between the building’s interior and exterior preventing thermal bridging that can nullify the effect of the insulation.

Production of the precast components should begin April 2012 with installation of the precast slated to begin December 2012. Construction is expected to be complete in May 2014.

More information on this project can be found at

Watch Design Build Project Video for Fort Hood Replacement Hospital.
Gate Precast Company is a subsidiary of Gate Petroleum Company, headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. Gate owns and operates eight manufacturing facilities and has become one of the largest and most diversified precast design assistance consultants and precast concrete producers in the United States. The company is recognized annually as a top subcontractor by Engineering News Record Magazine and was recently presented with Best-in-Class PCI Design Awards on multiple projects. For more information, please visit


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