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Performing Art Center at Murphysboro High School

Murphysboro, IL


Performing Art Center at Murphysboro High School


When the school district's previous performing art center (constructed out of CMU walls and a wood truss roof frame) dangerously collapsed, the owner and architect elected to replace it with a precast concrete structure for the increased: stability, durabilty, energy efficency and speed of construction.

A notable aspect of this project is that it was the largest (and among the first) projects in the United States to utilize Graphic Concrete, a technology with a proven track record in Europe. Graphic Concrete allows designers to impart any image or pattern onto a precast concrete surface. This technology is quickly becoming a game changer in the precast concrete industry. The forest pattern was a key design feature in this project which consisted of 19,876 square foot of 12” (4-4-4) insulated composite precast sandwich panels.

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Murphysboro, IL


2020 PCI Design Award "Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award"


Hurst-Rosche, Inc.


Fager-McGee Construction Inc.


Jacia Phillips | Arch Photo KC