GFRC Advantage: Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing


AAS has specialized technology and process to design, fabricate Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC – also known as light weight concrete) products.

  • The AAS manufacturing technique selects fiber glass strands of right length to match the strength requirements of a specific product.
  • AAS GFRC is much richer in use of quality cement. AAS uses unique polymer additives that makes the curating of GFRC more effective.
  • AAS GFRC is packed, rolled and compressed material that doesn’t have any air bubbles in it.
  • AAS has very well developed spraying equipment and experienced team that makes it possible to create GFRC products of different sizes, shapes with highly involved finishes as well when required.
  • AAS technology enables manufacturing of GFRC panels in complex geometries with precise tolerance.

 

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 | With Pre-Engineered, Built-in Connections and Experience of AAS Team in Creating High Design Stone Products, Finished Elevation Had no Visible Support Parts | SEE MORE >>

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 Here That is 8′ long and about 2.5′ tall | Click on the Image to see the Piece Fitting in Seamlessly for High Design Building Elevation

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 | No Heavy Construction Equipment Required Compared to Natural Stone, or Other Heavier Cast Stone Products

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 with Product Delivery | AAS Design Support, Engineering AND Manufacturing Makes Onsite Installation Extremely Easy


Dry Creek Elementary School | GFRC Material Technololgy | Sandstrom Architecture | Contractor: Westland Construction

Dry Creek Elementary School | GFRC Panels | Sandstrom Architecture | Contractor: Westland Construction

Advanced Architectural Stone (AAS - Previously Advanced Cast Stone) - Spraying Admixture for GFRC products

Advanced Architectural Stone (AAS – Previously Advanced Cast Stone) | Spraying Admixture for GFRC products


Pre-engineered Solution

 

With the in-depth proactive analysis and detailed engineering, the GFRC panels from AAS are extremely easy to install. The GFRC products whether they are cladding panels, or columns, or architectural trims, or corbels, or other exterior architectural elements have built in embeds to connect to the support structure. There is no additional structural support required to install the panels. Combine that with lighter weight of the product, and you have an architectural stone solution that is much simpler to install and integrate in the buildings.

 

GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) | Light Weight Concrete | Preengineered Structural Support

GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) | Light Weight Concrete | Pre-engineered Embedded Anchors for Structural Support

 

Architectural GFRC | Pre-Engineered Designed In Support for Construction Installation | Project: Gilbert Christian High School

Architectural GFRC | Pre-Engineered Designed In Support for Construction Installation | Project: Gilbert Christian High School

 


VIDEO – GFRC Pre-Engineered, Built-In Connections Simplify Construction, Open up Design Options >>

 


 

AAS GFRC: Custom Molds to Cast in Any Shape

 

The material can be cast into nearly unlimited shapes, colors and textures.
The panels can be formed into complex shapes, expanding its usage significantly: façade cladding panels, window and door surrounds, columns, balusters and handrails, caps and coping, quoins, keystones, etc.

 

AAS | Architectural Solutions using GFRC | Formability, Ease of Installation with GFRC

AAS | Architectural Solutions using GFRC | Formability, Ease of Installation with GFRC

 

SMU Caruth Hall | Ornate Design at the top | Denteel Frieze all around Eaves using Architectural GFRC | Wall Coping

SMU Caruth Hall | Ornate Design at the top | Denteel Frieze all around Eaves using Architectural GFRC | Wall Coping

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT TECHNOLOGY, DESIGN EXPERTISE FOR CUSTOM MOLDS: PROJECT EXAMPLES >>

 


AAS GFRC Products for Design Intent

 

Due to the ease of forming, coloring, and availability of extra-large sizes, GFRC panels are ideally suited to address any complex or innovative design intent.

Given its production process, the GFRC panels can be colored to match any aesthetic on any project.

The use of natural raw materials in the concrete mix results in high quality stone products.

 

USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center | AC Martin Partners Architects | R & R Masonry

USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center | Cast Stone, Precast, GFRC | GFRC Columns at High Elevation Simplified Structural Support and Installation | AC Martin Partners Architects | R & R Masonry

 

AAS Architectural GFRC Case Study | Gilbert Christian Case Study

AAS Architectural GFRC Case Study | Project: Gilbert Christian High School – Corinthian Capitals, Dentils, Cornices, Eaves Designed using Custom GFRC Products

 

Wall Coping, Cornices, Building Signage at Higher Elevation using Architectural GFRC

Wall Coping, Cornices, Building Signage at Higher Elevation using Architectural GFRC

 

GFRC Advantage – Strength to Weight Ratio: Simpler, Easier Installation

 

GFRC has very good strength to weight ratio. Because of the lower weight, the panel sizes can be much larger compared to other materials. This is the reason that GFRC is also known as light weight concrete.

The material is lighter and easier to install in higher elevation applications requiring minimal structural support and less effort.

 

AAS Formerly ACS | GFRC for Architectural Stone Elements at Higher Elevation | Lighter Weight, Ease Of Installation

AAS Formerly ACS | GFRC for Architectural Stone Elements at Higher Elevation | Lighter Weight, Ease Of Installation

 

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) | Much Lighter Weight Compared to other Stone Products | High Strength to Weight Ratio | Much Lighter, Simpler Framing Structure Required for Construction | Project: Gilbert Christian High School

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) | Much Lighter Weight Compared to other Stone Products | High Strength to Weight Ratio | Much Lighter, Simpler Framing Structure Required for Construction | Project: Gilbert Christian High School

 

Exterior Cladding using GFRC | Project: Gilbert Christian High School

Exterior Cladding using GFRC | Project: Gilbert Christian High School – GFRC Integrated with Brick Veneer in this Building

 

Dry Creek Elementary School | GFRC Panels for School Entry Way | Sandstrom Architecture | Westfield Construction

Dry Creek Elementary | GFRC Panels for School Entry Way | Simpler Structural Requirements | Sandstrom Architecture | Westfield Construction

 

Fire Resistance

GFRC is made with a polymer curing admixture. It will meet the requirements of NFPA Class A and UBC Class I when tested according to ASTM E84, resulting in a “0 Flame Spread Rating” and less than 5 smoke density.

Our panels are classified as “Class A” fire resistant.

 

Long Term Durability

 

GFRC requires little maintenance and, due to its strength, it is resistant to high impacts.

AAS team has helped a number of customers with innovative solutions using GFRC products that delivered much stronger visual appeal and longer life compared to stucco or EIFS products for example.

 

PROJECT: Gilbert Christian, AZ | Architectural Precast, GFRC | | Light Weight, Superior Aesthetics, Design Flexibility

PROJECT: Gilbert Christian, AZ | GFRC | Light Weight, Superior Aesthetics, Design Flexibility

 

 

GFRC Panels for Dry Creek Elementary School - AAS - formerly ACS - Case Study V01

GFRC Panels for Dry Creek Elementary School – AAS – formerly ACS – Case Study

 

SMU Delta Gamma Sorority House | Architectural GFRC Columns, Cladding for Desired Building Elevation Aesthetic

SMU Delta Gamma Sorority House | Architectural GFRC Columns, Cladding for Desired Building Elevation Aesthetic | LEARN MORE >>

 

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