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The Bookends

Greenville, SC
Johnston Design Group
Trehel Corporation
Metromont Project Details

Project Overview

The Bookends is an eight level structure with 30 condominiums on the elevated structure and 6,200 sf of retail and office space on the street level.

The building encompassed the entirety of the jobsite which was surrounded by active roadways as well as an existing parking garage. Utilizing a total precast system, the majority of the structure and exterior panels were erected within the jobsite footprint, greatly minimizing the impact to the city streets and traffic flow.

The exterior façade is finished with multiple brick types, various window sizes and precast balconies that project from the face. At the base, reveals were used to simulate stacked limestone. Along with the offsets and cornices this creates a structure that looks like four independent structures, allowing it to blend in with the surrounding architecture.

Metromont was an excellent partner and worked seamlessly, closely to collaborate almost as an extension of our design team. It’s incredible how quickly it all came together.”

– Scott Johnston, AIA Johnston Design Group

Project Details

Eight level design
30 Condominiums
6,196 sq ft retail/office space
23,000 sq ft of architectural and structural precast wall panels
33,200 sq ft of floor and roof double tees
Designed to MNL-116 and MNL-117 standards
Architectural/structural precast wall panels
Precast stair/elevator towers
Erected in 8 weeks

Architectural Details & Finishes

Multiple types of thin brick
Reveals simulating limestone
Offsets and cornices
Pigmented concrete mix design


Specified at R-13 – Performs at R-30
PCI Design Award Winner

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"Thank you for your professionalism and expertise on the Cornell University North Campus Residential Expansion. Your contributions were critical to our success."
Ben Robertson
"Metromont was an excellent partner and worked seamlessly, closely to collaborate almost as an extension of our design team. It’s incredible how quickly it all came together.”
Scott Johnston
AIA Johnston Design Group
"The precast concrete design was able to meet the stringent performance requirements of the structure while providing an aesthetically pleasing, sustainable final product at an affordable price point."
Ben Townes
Townes + Architects
"Metromont’s team embraced our idea and got their whole team on board. It’s one thing for sales managers to want to make architects happy, but to have the plant manager, the finishing crew foreman and engineers fully engaged is something else. Metromont was extremely cooperative – the project was a win-win for everyone.”
K.J. Jacobs, AIA
McMillan Pazdan Smith

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