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TECHNOLOGY TOOLBOX

Prescient Speeds Schedules and Improves Quality
BY DEBRA WOOD
IN TODAY'S WORLD OF expedited sched-

ules and increased emphasis on quality
and safety, Prescient, a turnkey prefabrication option, delivers for contractors.
"Speed to market is a big factor," says
Tim Dunn, chief investment officer of JE
Dunn of Kansas City, Missouri, a member of
multiple AGC chapters, which has built and
co-developed projects with Prescient. "A
pre-manufactured, pre-engineered system
should appeal to every AGC member. With
quality of work and construction defects
and the other risks of this industry, you
should be attracted to this system."
Prescient is a software development
company, a manufacturing company and
a building assembly company. The design
aspect takes place with a plug-in for the
Revit platform. All contractors and subcontractors are brought into the design.
"We bring the digital world to the physical world," says Satyen Patel, executive
chairman of Prescient in Durham, North
Carolina. "We are changing the way buildings are designed and built."
Prescient creates a structural design in
a BIM model. Then, the company's computer-integrated, off-the-shelf robots build
posts, panels and trusses for the structure.
Each aspect is highly automated. In all
cases, robots, working off a digital plan,
complete the welding. When Prescient
delivers to the jobsite, it completes a computer-aided, grid-based assembly.
The manufacturing process is highly
precise, working to an accuracy of 1 millimeter. The fully manufactured panels
and trusses are accurate to 1/32nd of an
inch in 20-foot spans.
The owner, architect or contractor may
bring Prescient into a project.
"We impact time, money and risk at
every stage of the project," Patel says.
At The Corner, an off-campus student
housing project in Austin, JE Dunn ran
into a severe schedule crunch in 2016, and
turned to Prescient, which it first learned

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Prescient structures are prefabricated by robots. Photo courtesy of Prescient.

about in 2013. After completing a due diligence of the codes and other aspects of
construction, it built with Prescient.
"There is no way we could build that
project in the time frame using other materials," Dunn says. "The speed to market
was three to four months shorter than
doing it with any other building material."
The other aspect to a Prescient structure that matters to Dunn is the safety of
the product.
"Prescient is a noncombustible system," Dunn says. "That's another factor
we consider."
Prescient buildings also can withstand category 5 windstorms and meet
the Department of Defense's progressive
collapse test. It lends itself to stackable
buildings, but the company can produce
variable floor plans within the same
structure.
"Our projects are designed for constructability without compromising aesthetics,"
Patel says.

Prescient began in 2012 and for three
years only built in Colorado. In 2016, the
company branched into three more states:
Texas, Florida and Nebraska. The company
has finished 35 projects, totaling 5.8 million square feet. Projects include hotels,
student housing, market-rate apartments,
armed forces housing and senior living.
In 2018, it will operate in 28 states.
Manufacturing takes place in two plants,
one in Colorado and one in North Carolina.
"We can make contractors profitable and help them not eat into their
contingencies," Patel says. "We can get
them in and out of projects faster and
most importantly, we can help them
build to accuracies they have never
seen before."
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PRESCIENT CO.
115 North Duke Street, 2A
Durham, North Carolina 27701
303.397.1914
www.prescientco.com

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - May/June 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Nailed It! Celebrating a Century’s Worth of Tools & Equipment
Simonson Says
A Super Bowl: First-of-Its-Kind Innovation Leads to Award-Winning Stadium
AGC in Action
Positive Charge: Rosendin Electric Receives Construction Safety Excellence Award
Chapter Connection
Creating a Culture of Coaching: How to Engage, Retain and Grow Better Employees
Member and Chapter News
Construction Corner
Technology Toolbox
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
2018 Equipment Guide
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - cover1
Constructor - May/June 2018 - cover2
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - 6
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 8
Constructor - May/June 2018 - President’s Message
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 10
Constructor - May/June 2018 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Nailed It! Celebrating a Century’s Worth of Tools & Equipment
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - Simonson Says
Constructor - May/June 2018 - A Super Bowl: First-of-Its-Kind Innovation Leads to Award-Winning Stadium
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - 24
Constructor - May/June 2018 - AGC in Action
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - 27
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Positive Charge: Rosendin Electric Receives Construction Safety Excellence Award
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - Chapter Connection
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 36
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Creating a Culture of Coaching: How to Engage, Retain and Grow Better Employees
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - Member and Chapter News
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 42
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Construction Corner
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 44
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 47
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Index to Advertisers
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 2018 Equipment Guide
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