AAS Press Release – Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Case Study
Aug 20, 2014
Advanced Architectural Stone (AAS formerly Advanced Cast Stone) released case study for Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame project.
AAS used cast stone to realize architects vision of fluid shapes of the braided corridors of Cane River channels separated by interstitial masses of land. The 27,500 square foot museum interior used 1250 unique panels. The cast stone panels were of complex shapes with U-shape bending. The panels were cast on both sides so they would fit within stringent spacing requirements inside the museum. The BIM modeling technology and thorough verification testing of molds allowed panels to fit in seamlessly within tolerance requirements of 1/8.
One of the challenges with this project was that the back surface of the panels had to follow the front surface, as we were limited in wall space. We had to mold both the front and back of every panel. Our dry-cast methodology and expertise made a huge difference. Wet-cast needs pouring, so you would need a container that is extremely limiting for panels of such complex shapes and size. The biggest panel used in the building was about 18™x 12™; it weighed 9,600 lbs. A wet-cast panel in this case would weigh more than 16,000 lbs. Cast stone has tremendous design flexibility. With the CNC machines and BIM modeling technology that we have, we were able to complete project of this scale and complexity, says Tim Michael, Vice President Operations.
Eddie Lesok, CEO of AAS, emphasizes the ability of his team to take on projects that are big and complicated. No other company in the bidding process could dedicate management staff to understand the project, he says. While we were learning dramatically as the project progressed, our teams ability to collectively capture required knowledge, communicate, and collaborate put us in a position to succeed. For this kind of project, you need staff that knows technology and has a strong network to pull in right partners in the project.
About Advanced Architectural Stone (AAS)
Advanced Architectural Stone (AAS formerly Advanced Cast Stone) is based out of Fort Worth, TX. The company has three strategically located manufacturing plants in TX, AZ and PA to serve architectural stone needs nationwide. AAS offers architectural stone solutions in four materials cast stone, architectural precast (wet cast), Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) and Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum (GFRG). AAS has unique proprietary technology to match colors and texture while maintaining consistency over project of any scale. The company has won a number of awards from Cast Stone Institute (CSI), Architectural Precast Association (APA) and Mason Contractor Association of America (MCAA) over past years.
Advanced Architectural Stone
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Fort Worth, TX 76140