GFRC Panels Cladding for SMU Delta Gamma: Columns, Capitals, Cornices, Signage, Wall Coping, Trim

SMU (Southern Methodist University) Delta Gamma Sorority House is on the east side of the main campus of the university. One of the key requirements of the project was to conform to a strict code of design compatibility for all buildings on the campus. The AAS team worked closely with the designer, general contractor and mason to realize the design cost effectively minimizing risk and delays.

 

Custom Design, Manufacturing of GFRC Products to Achieve Design Vision: Close Collaboration on all Phases of the Project


  • GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete): High-end Design with Complex shapes, Precise Tolerance, Pre-engineered Installation Support
    Architectural GFRC: High-end Design | Pre-engineered Installation Support
  • SMU Delta Gamma Sorority House | GFRC Products Require Way Less Support Structure for Construction Compared to other Stone Products
    SMU Delta Gamma Sorority House | Simple Construction Support Framework
  • High-end Design of Corinthian Columns and Cornices | Structural Support Required for GFRC at Higher Elevation is much Simpler
    High-end Design of Corinthian Columns and Cornices | Architectural GFRC
  • GFRC Stone is Hollow from inside with Freedom to Integrate Support Structure Frames | Technology Still Provides the Stone High Strength and Durability
    GFRC Stone is Hollow from inside | Get Integrated Support Structure Framing
  • High Strength to Weight Ratio Enables GFRC Design with Simpler Construction and Easier Structural Requirements
    High Strength to Weight Ratio | GFRC is very well Suited at Higher Elevation
  • GFRC Product Piece with Built-in Installation Support Frame being Placed in Position | GFRC Simplifies Onsite Construction
    GFRC Cornice Placed in Position | Steel Frame Attaches Directly to Building Support
  • Simple Lightweight Pole Holding GFRC Cornice in Place While being Installed | Other Architectural Stone Products Require Extensive Support Framework for Construction
    Simple Lightweight Pole Holding GFRC Cornice in Place While being Installed
  • Final Phase of Cornice Piece Installation | Cornice at Higher Elevation is a Key Design Element at the SMU Delta Gamma Sorority House
    Cornices are a Key Design Element at the SMU Delta Gamma Sorority House
  • Design Freedom with Manufactured Stone | Custom Molds with Manufacturing Technology and Plants Create High End Aesthetics
    Manufactured Stone | Custom Molds with Precision Open up Design Freedom
  • Custom Signage on the Cornices is Designed into Manufactured GFRC Stone Pieces | Easy Handling of Large Size GFRC Pieces at the Construction Site
    Signage Designed into Architectural GFRC | Easy Handling of Large Piece
  • Close up View of GFRC Cornice from side | SEE more about Manufacturing Technique in VIDEOS
    Close up View of GFRC Cornice from side | SEE more about it in VIDEOS...
  • Back side of a GFRC Custom Cornice Design Piece | Steel Frame is Integrated in the Stone at Time of Manufacturing
    Back side of Cornice Design Piece | Steel Frame Pre-Integrated with Stone
  • GFRC Products Create Finish of Stone with Desired Color and Finish with Built-in Frame, Anchors for Onsite Installation
    Thickened Edges for Installation Support | Design Details Make Seamless Connections
  • Installers Able to Easily Position Cornice Piece in Place
    Lighter Weight: Installers Able to Easily Position Large Size GFRC Stone Piece in Place

DESIGN ASSIST, CONSTRUCTION ASSIST

  • Value Engineering – AAS engineering team suggested using architectural GFRC (glass fiber reinforced concrete) panels for this project after in-depth review of the design requirements. The selection of GFRC panels minimized structural support requirements while providing design flexibility to realize required intricate design details.
  • Design Assist –  The AAS team reviewed design details for the project, and provided feedback to confirm design feasibility. The AAS team collaborates with the design team using AutoCAD, Revit or other BIM software products as required.
  • Construction Assist – The design team provided installation guidelines, answered questions to detail the anchoring conditions for the GFRC panels.

 

GFRC PRODUCTS DESIGN, MANUFACTURING

  • Color Matching – The AAS team took control sample and developed the custom batch mix for the GFRC panels to precisely match other buildings in the SMU campus.
  • Custom Molds, Manufacturing – The CAD department took architect’s design details, and developed drawings. The structural support, installation anchors, connection details were pre-engineered during this phase.
  • Products Consistency – With the fully automated batch plant to create the batch mix along with  rigorous testing ensured consistent color and structural properties for all different types of panels – column modules and capitals, cornices, signage, trim for window surrounds and entry way, wall coping at higher elevation …etc.

 

CONSTRUCTION, INSTALLATION SUPPORT

  • Construction Planning – The different panels were manufactured, staged, and delivered with thorough detailing of the installation sequence.
  • Installation Support – The AAS project team explained installation details to the masonry contractor enabling smooth construction process.

 

Mason for the project: “This was our first project with GFRC. Installation was much simpler than any other cast stone project that we have done so far. GFRC is extremely easy to install.”


GFRC PRODUCTS: SEE MANUFACTURING IN WORKS

Custom Design GFRC Cornices

GFRC cornices with pre-engineered connections for simple, easy installation: see the manufacturing process for GFRC cornices in this VIDEO BLOG POST >>

Architectural GFRC Cornice Manufacturing Process - Video Clips

Fluted Tapered GFRC Columns, Corinthian Capitals

Custom design fluted, tapered GFRC columns and corinthian capitals … VIDEO CLIPS show manufacturing process for creating different components of the modular design >>

Fluted GFRC Columns - Architectural GFRC Manufacturing Process


GFRC INSTALLATION, CONSTRUCTION SUPPORT FOR THE PROJECT

 

Pre-engineered built in connections simplified the installation empowering architect’s design process.

 

 


PROJECT IMAGES:

 

  • SMU Sorority House | Architectural Stone Design using Custom Manufactured GFRC Products
    SMU Sorority House | Architectural Stone Design using Custom Manufactured GFRC Products
  • SMU Delta Gamma | Settings Plan, Panels Mapping for Building Elevation
  • Light Weight of GFRC Panels Minimizes need for Heavy Construction Equipment | Cost-effecitve, Much Simpler Construction
    Light Weight of GFRC Panels Minimizes need for Heavy Construction Equipment | Cost-effecitve, Much Simpler Construction
  • Connections, Installation Anchors are Pre-engineered in GFRC Products ensuring Smooth Project Execution and much Simpler Installation
    Connections, Installation Anchors are Pre-engineered in GFRC Products ensuring Smooth Project Execution and much Simpler Installation
  • Precise Molds, Carefully Planned Manufacturing, Rigorous Quality Testing Enable Monolithic Stone look with GFRC
    Precise Molds, Carefully Planned Manufacturing, Rigorous Quality Testing Enable Monolithic Stone look with GFRC
  • Custom Molds, Material Technology, Design Craftsmanship combine for High-end Design Aesthetic
    Custom Molds, Material Technology, Design Craftsmanship combine for High-end Design Aesthetic
  • GFRC Fulted Columns, Corinthian Capitals | SMU Delta Gamma Sorority House
    GFRC Fulted Columns, Corinthian Capitals | SMU Delta Gamma Sorority House
  • SMU Delta Gamma | Architectural GFRC Cladding | , Fluted GFRC Columns with Corinthian Capitals
    SMU Delta Gamma | Architectural GFRC Cladding, Fluted GFRC Columns with Corinthian Capitals
  • Fluted GFRC Columns, Cornices using Precise Custom Molds and Cutting Edge Manufacturing Capabilities
    Fluted GFRC Columns, Cornices using Precise Custom Molds and Cutting Edge Manufacturing Capabilities
  • AAS Value Engineering for SMU Delta Gamma Sorority House | Architectural GFRC Blended Seamlessly with Adjacent Buildings that used other Stone Products
    AAS Value Engineering for SMU Delta Gamma Sorority House | Architectural GFRC Blended Seamlessly with Adjacent Buildings that used other Stone Products

Architectural GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete)

 

  • High strength to weight ratio
  • Much simpler installation compared to other stone products
  • Consistent product quality and finish, durability
  • Unparalleled design freedom

MORE ABOUT GFRC >>


 

GFRC Panels with Pre-engineered Built-in Connections Provide Design Flexibiliity and Much Simpler Construction

GFRC Panels with Pre-engineered Built-in Connections Provide Design Flexibiliity and Simplify Construction | Video, Project Examples >>

 


You are welcome to ask questions about Architectural GFRC – manufacturing process, when to select GFRC, how to install the product, custom colors and finish options, your specific project requirements …etc.

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