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CUSTOM DESIGN COLUMNS: HIGHLIGHT OF THE SHOPPING CENTER

The architect had vision to add an elevator and clock tower to the Highland Park Village shopping center that has unified architectural style. Developing intricate design details in the stone and matching the color and finish so that the new building would connect to the surrounding area that had been in existence for over 80 years.

Highland Park - Ornate Architectural Design Integrating Specialized Colums, Highly Decorative Design Elements

Highland Park – Ornate Architectural Design Integrating Specialized Columns, Highly Decorative Design Elements

Clock tower connected with seventy five years old shopping center area | columns at the top accentuate the design accent and shopping mall experience

Clock tower connected with seventy five years old shopping center area | columns at the top accentuate the design accent and shopping mall experience

Highland Park High Design Custom Columns

Highland Park High Design Custom Columns

 

 

Rubber mold for column cap design

Rubber mold for column cap design

The AAS project team developed the drawings for the project from templates without requiring detailed architectural plans. The templates were compared to the existing product and adjustments were made to achieve the precisely matching three dimensional design. The system to capture and communicate in-depth details using CAD drawings assisted the design process confirming the project feasibility in early stages of the project. The integrity of the details was made possible using CNC technology to fabricate the required molds. For high intricate design details in the column caps at the top, rubber molds were used.

Design Details for the top of the clock tower at highland park village shopping center

Design Details for the top of the clock tower at highland park village shopping center

 

Shop Drawing - Clock Tower Design at Highland Park Shopping Center

Shop Drawing – Clock Tower Design at Highland Park Shopping Center

 

Shop Drawing - Details for Support, Anchorage, Installation Connections

Shop Drawing – Details for Support, Anchorage, Installation Connections

 


The AAS team confirmed and communicated installation details for each stone piece used in this tower design. Installers got detailed settings plan with identification of each stone piece.

The clock tower looks as if it were part of the original design of the shopping center. The architectural columns accentuate the overall experience of the shopping center.

Products used: Cast Stone, GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete)
Architect: Omni Planners Architects
General Contractor: W B Kibbler Construction
Masonry Contractor: Metro Masonry

 


> ARCHITECTURAL COLUMNS

 

 

ART AND SCIENCE OF ARCHITECTURAL STONE CLADDING

Custom design, fabrication of stone panels with unlimited options to customize shapes and sizes enable unparalleled design freedom for cladding applications.

Advanced Architectural Stone (AAS) has a well-developed system to:

  • Review, revise design details while working closely with architects and contractors.
  • Pre-engineer connection & structural support systems in the stone products fabrication process. This simplifies the installation.
  • Precisely control and confirm stringent tolerance requirements.
  • Combine stone products with seamless design effect.
  • Match any color with a control sample.

PROJECT EXAMPLES:

Sundance Square

AAS Computerized Color Lab, Testing - project image - Sundance Square East - Commercial Building - retail shops, offices

Architectural Stone Cladding | Products: Cast Stone, GFRC

Cook Children's Hospital

AAS Architectural Precast Concrete Products - Large Sizes, Custom Finishes - project - cook children's hospital - large sizes, custom shapes

Fabricated Stone Panels for Exterior Cladding | Large Sizes | Custom Shapes

Grapevine Convention Center

AAS Manufactured Architectural Stone - Custom Shapes, High End Design, Products Materials options - cast stone, architectural gfrc, precast, gfrg

Technology | Craftsmanship | Customer Focus

Old Parkland Business Park

Combine Products with Seamless Look, Design Aesthetic | Opens up Design Options, Saves Cost, Simplifies Construction

Combine Products with Seamless Look, Design Aesthetic | Opens up Design Options, Saves Cost, Simplifies Construction | Wall Coping, Cornices and Banding, Unifying Design Accent using Stone Cladding

USC Fertitta Hall

USC Fertitta Hall - North Entry Arch

Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall, USC Marshall School of Business | North Entry Arch

SMU: Delta Gamma Sorority House

GFRC-Connections-Installation-Fluted-Columns-Corinthian-Capitals-SMU-Delta-Gamma-Sorority-House

GFRC Connections, Pre-engineered, Built-in Installation Support | Fluted Columns Corinthian Capitals SMU Delta Gamma Sorority House

ACU Wellness Center

ACU Wellness Center

ACU Wellness Center | Cast Stone Matched Colors of the Brick Exterior for Desired Design Appeal

VIDEO: GFRC CONNECTIONS SIMPLIFY INSTALLATION, OPEN UP DESIGN OPTIONS

GFRC products have pre-engineered, built in connections that simplifies the onsite installation.

See in this video, examples of drawings and images of products being installed at the SMU Delta Gamma Sorority House project.

AAS has bandwidth and a well developed system to work closely with architects, contractors and masons for every project. Installation support details are designed with intent of not only realizing architect’s desired design vision, but also simple, easy installation.

As required, project team works with customers in selecting combination of products that would achieve design cost effectively.


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 Project: Architectural Stone Cladding, Columns for SMU Delta Gamma Sorority House

 

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

 


GFRC Project: High Elevation Entry Way Design for Dry Creek Elementary School

 

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

GFRC Panels for Dry Creek Elementary School – AAS – formerly ACS – LEARN MORE >>

 


GFRC Project: High Design Fully Integrated Cladding, Columns, Architectural Accent

 

AAS Architectural GFRC Case Study | Gilbert Christian Case Study

AAS Architectural GFRC Case Study | Gilbert Christian High School  | SEE MORE >>

 

TRT HOLDINGS – PRECISE ENGINEERING AND CRAFTSMANSHIP FOR DESIGN


TRT Holdings Headquarters is a new 170,000 square ft, six-story Jeffersonian-style office building.  The project is one of several buildings located on the Old Parkland Campus at Dallas, Texas developed by Trammell Crow Holdings, one of the largest developers in the U.S.

  • The overriding design criterion of this building was to have the same style as all other buildings on the business campus.
  • Precast and cast stone was used exclusively as the material at all entries, the exterior connecting porches, hallways and veneer panels at the first floor of the building.
  • Pediments, lintels, sills, water tables, columns and roof coping comprised the remainder of the precast or cast stone on the project.
  • All entrances to the building have beautiful classical Tuscan columns. The Tuscan columns were repeated at a covered portico connecting the building to a restaurant as well.  The columns were connected with a deeply profiled trim. The precast portico runs a length of over 50 feet.

 

PROJECT: TRT Holdings Headquarters | Case Stone | 2014 APA Award of Excellence

PROJECT: TRT Holdings Headquarters | Case Stone, Architectural Precast | 2014 APA Award of Excellence

 

Process for Design

 

  • All pieces, of the same profile, were scaled to varying sizes due to different size windows, doors, entryways and breezeways around the structure.   Precise mold making ability of AAS enabled the required precision over wide range of sizes.
  • There were 7712 pieces of precast and cast stone on the project. The production was carried out using 153 different molds.  The mix design was the company’s standard formula with adjustment to a special color used throughout the campus.
  • Manufacturing was carried out using company’s computer-driven batch plant and computer driven liquid color system.  The automated systems provide the quality control to assure consistency of color and texture.

 

TRT Head Quarters | Cast Stone, Architectural Precast, Architectural GFRC | 2014 APA Award | Product Materials: Cast Stone, Architectural Precast, Architectural GFRC | Entries, exterior connecting porches, hallways, veneers, pediments, lintels, sills, water tables, columns and roof coping

TRT Head Quarters | Cast Stone, Architectural Precast, Architectural GFRC | 2014 APA Award | Product Materials: Cast Stone, Architectural Precast, Architectural GFRC | Entries, exterior connecting porches, hallways, veneers, pediments, lintels, sills, water tables, columns and roof coping

 


 

The owner of the Old Park Land campus, with all five of their architects visited AAS production facility throughout the project life cycle to make sure the color, texture, and scale of the precast and cast stone met the overall design intent of the campus.

 

Project Name: TRT Holdings Headquarters

Location: 4001 Maple Avenue @ the Old Parkland Campus, Dallas, Texas

Architect: HKS, Inc

General Contractor:  Brasfield & Gorrie

Products: Architectural Cast Stone, Architectural GFRC, Precast Concrete

Applications: Architectural Stone Cladding, Veneer Design, Custom Columns

 

CUCTOM MOLDS ENABLE COMPLEX SHAPES, INTRICATE DESIGNS, MONOLITHIC VENEERS

Jeffersonian Design using Custom Design Manufactured Stone | Old Parkland, Dallas, TX | Specially Designed Columns, Egg-n-Dart Rope Design, Large Dentils, Profile | Project Specific Custom Molds, Product Batch Mixing, Manufacturing, Sequencing, Delivery, Installation Support

Jeffersonian Design using Custom Design Manufactured Stone | Old Parkland, Dallas, TX | Specially Designed Columns, Egg-n-Dart Rope Design, Large Dentils, Profile | Project Specific Custom Molds, Product Batch Mixing, Manufacturing, Sequencing, Delivery, Installation Support


The technology and design expertise to develop custom molds enable flexibility to fabricate stone panels with unparalleled range of complex shapes and design details.

 

VIDEO: Custom mold making for complex shapes, intricate design details, custom sizes:

 

 


 

PROJECT: SMU COMMONS

 

Custom molds made it possible to create large size custom stone panels with stringent tolerance requirements. Detailed engineering of anchoring connections played a key role to achieve monolithic stone look for the facade veneer of the building.

 

Architectural Stone Cladding, Veneer Design using Custom Designed Stone - Mold Making Technology, Design Craftsmanship - cast stone, precast, GFRC

Project: SMU Commons Building Facade | Architectural Stone Cladding, Veneer | Cast Stone, Precast Concrete, GFRC

 

Project: SMU Commons | Architectural Stone Cladding, Veneer Design | Custom Mold Making | Design and Technology

Project: SMU Commons | Architectural Stone Cladding, Veneer Design | Custom Mold Making | Design and Technology

 

Architectural Stone Cladding | Cast Stone, Precast, GFRC

Architectural Stone Cladding | Cast Stone, Precast, GFRC

 


 

PROJECT: High-end columns for clock tower – Highland Park shopping Center

 

Columns with intricate design details at the top of the tower developed signature highlight for the shopping center experience.

Clock tower connected with seventy five years old shopping center area | columns at the top accentuate the design accent and shopping mall experience

Clock tower connected with seventy five years old shopping center area | columns at the top accentuate the design accent and shopping mall experience

 

Highland Park High Design Custom Columns

Highland Park High Design Custom Columns

 

The design combined cast stone and GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) product materials.

 

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PROJECT: The Westbrook Building, Sundance Square, Ft. Worth, TX : Art Deco Panels

 

On The Westbrook Building, cast stone was used in the overall design of the building to be reminiscent of the Art Deco structures located in many areas in Ft. Worth.

AAS Project: The Westbrook - Sundance Square West - Ft Worth, TX | Art Deco Design using Cast Stone | Custom Mold Design | Architect: Bennett Benner Pettit, Inc

AAS Project: The Westbrook – Sundance Square West – Ft Worth, TX | Art Deco Design using Cast Stone | Custom Mold Design | Architect: Bennett Benner Pettit, Inc

 

Architectural Stone made the molds for the Art Deco designs from isometric sketches provided by the architect.  In other words, the sketches provided three sides, all in dimensional proportion, but none were shown as a true shape with 90 degree corners.

The sketch was only a guide to making actual size molds.  Artisan designers created molds for the Art Deco panels combining their design craftsmanship with extensive CAD drafting and also precision cutting using CNC machines.

 

The Westbrook Building at Sundance Square, Ft Worth, TX | Art Deco Design, Custom Design Elements using Cast Stone, GFRC

The Westbrook Building at Sundance Square, Ft Worth, TX | Art Deco Design, Custom Design Elements using Cast Stone, GFRC | Architect: Bennett Benner Pettit, Inc

 

PROJECT CASE STUDY >>


 

PROJECT: High-End Design Element Using Custom Mold – Rockwall County Court House

 

The architect for this project had vision for unique design elements on the exterior of the building. AAS team designed highly intricate mold to create it in cast stone. The precise tolerance and detailed coordination with the construction team helped create the desired look with smooth installation that completed on time.

 

Advanced Architectural Stone - AAS - Formerly Advanced Cast Stone | Rockwall County Courthouse | Cast Stone, Precast | Technology Allowed Complex Shapes and Desired Aesthetic Design | Brinkley Sargent Architects | DMG Masonry

Advanced Architectural Stone – AAS – Formerly Advanced Cast Stone | Rockwall County Courthouse | Cast Stone, Precast | Technology Allowed Complex Shapes and Desired Aesthetic Design | Brinkley Sargent Architects | DMG Masonry

 

 

PROJECT: Texas Christian University (TCU) Relief Panels

 

This project consisted of 6 panels installed in the entry to the remodeled and enlarged football stadium at Texas Christian University. The panels were made using architectural percast and cast stone. The purpose of the panels and the project was to honor and recognize the original founders of the University dating to 1895.

Architect for the project, HKS Architects hired an artist to approve and render the murals. The AAS team transferred the original art work to a rubber mold for casting. The panels represent the cultural icon at the heart and soul of the Texas Christian University. It was critical that the panels can be seen within a few feet of viewer. AAS team used its experience and technology to refine every detail within the mold, so that panels accurately depict the original aesthetic appeal so critical to project’s success.

The project won 2014 APA (Architectural Precast Association) Craftsmanship Award.

Here is a composite showing example panels.

AAS 2014 APA Award | TCU Relief Panels | Finish and Precision for Design Appeal | HKS Architects | General Contractor: Austin Commercial

AAS 2014 APA Award | TCU Relief Panels | Finish and Precision for Design Appeal | HKS Architects | General Contractor: Austin Commercial

 

AAS 2014 APA Award | TCU Relief Panels | Forming using Precise Molds, Design Experience | HKS Architects | General Contractor: Austin Commercial

AAS 2014 APA Award | TCU Relief Panels | Forming using Precise Molds, Design Experience | HKS Architects | General Contractor: Austin Commercial


 

PROJECT: LA Sports Hall of Fame – Complex Shaped Panels – LA Sports Hall of Fame

 

Trahan Architects had vision for emulating Cane river channels inside the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum. This required cast stone panels with complex shapes. Panels were also very large in size. The project execution also demanded stringent tolerance requirements in the mold, so the panels would fit in seamlessly for monolithic look.

 

Advanced Architectural Stone (AAS - Formerly ACS) Team Supports Contractors, Builders, Masons - construction of LA Sports Hall of Fame Museum

Advanced Architectural Stone (AAS – Formerly ACS) Team Supports Contractors, Builders, Masons – construction of LA Sports Hall of Fame Museum

 

LA Sports Hall of Fame | Large Size Precision Molds for Design That Had Highly Stringent Tolerance Requirements

LA Sports Hall of Fame | Large Size Precision Molds for Design That Had Highly Stringent Tolerance Requirements

 

LA State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame | Cast Stone Realized Cane River Channels | Large Complex U-Shaped Stone Pieces | BIM Modelling | Trahan Architects | CASE STUDY ...

LA Sports Hall of Fame | Cast Stone Realized Cane River Channels | Trahan Architects | CASE STUDY >>

 

LA State Museum Sports Hall of Fame | Trahan Architects | Cast Stone Veneer Developed using Complex Shaped, Large Cast Stone Pieces Fitting within Stringent Tolerance Requirements | LEARN MORE About Design, Manufacturing Process...

LA State Museum Sports Hall of Fame | Trahan Architects | Cast Stone Veneer Developed using Complex Shaped, Large Cast Stone Pieces Fitting within Stringent Tolerance Requirements | LEARN MORE About Design, Manufacturing Process…

 

PROJECT CASE STUDY: LA SPORTS HALL OF FAME >>


 

PROJECT: 714 Main Street – Authentic High Design Roman Heads using Custom Molds

 

This project required matching building exterior color with the terracotta stone that was used to clad the building exterior.

 

714 Main St | Cast Stone for Building Exterior | Quality Experience, Desired Colors and Finish | Cost Effective Solution

714 Main St | Cast Stone for Building Exterior | Quality Experience, Desired Colors and Finish | Cost Effective Solution

 

The design had the Roman Heads depiction on the outside which were authenticated and designed by artists. AAS team worked closely with the architect and artist to design and create the depictions in cast stone that matched the original rendering of the artist precisely.

 

AAS Custom Mold Making | Roman Head Design in Cast Stone for 714 Main Street Building, Dallas, TX | Cast Stone Cladding

AAS Custom Mold Making | Roman Head Design in Cast Stone for 714 Main Street Building, Dallas, TX | Cast Stone Cladding

 

AAS Project: 714 Main Street | Unique Technology, Craftsmanship to Replicate design of Roman Heads | Product used Architectural Cast Stone

AAS Project: 714 Main Street | Unique Technology, Craftsmanship to Replicate design of Roman Heads | Product used Architectural Cast Stone

 

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PROJECT: Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

AAS team helped create exterior fronts of the building that used cast stone and architectural precast extensively. The design used grape leaves build from the cast stone panels. The grape leaf design and integration was to connect with the historic name of the city and local culture.

The AAS project team used custom molds to create highly intricate grape leaf design elements that are accurate representation of the original design renderings.

 

AAS Cast Stone | Custom Mold Making | Grapevine Leaf Designed using Dry Cast System

AAS Cast Stone | Custom Mold Making | Grapevine Leaf Designed using Dry Cast System

 

Specialized Rubber Molds for Grape Leaf Design | Cast Stone Design for Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau

Specialized Rubber Molds for Grape Leaf Design | Cast Stone Design for Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

Grapevine Convention Center and Visitors Bureau - High End Leaf Design - Manufactured stone cladding

Grapevine Convention Center | High End Leaf Design – Exterior Cladding | Cast Stone | APA Award of Excellence | ArchiTexas | J & E Masonry

 

AAS Cast Stone Project | Specific Color Contrast Requirements from the Architect of the Project ArchiTexas | Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau

AAS Cast Stone Project | Specific Color Contrast Requirements from the Architect of the Project ArchiTexas | Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

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PROJECT: Gilbert Christian High School – Custom Molds for Architectural GFRC

 

Gilbert Christian High School is located in city of Gilbert in the Scottsdale (AZ) area. The school exterior used extensive Architectural GFRC elements that were easy to integrate with the exterior thin brick veneer of the building. The column capitals have Corinthian style.

 

AAS Architectural GFRC Case Study | Gilbert Christian Case Study

AAS Architectural GFRC Case Study | Gilbert Christian Case Study

 

AAS Architectural GFRC Case Study | Gilbert Christian High School | Custom Molds and Finish | Simplified Installation with Higher Elevations, Brick Veneer

AAS Architectural GFRC Case Study | Gilbert Christian High School | Custom Molds and Finish | Simplified Installation with Higher Elevations, Brick Veneer

 

See more about the Gilbert Christian High School project in the case study…


 

PROJECT: Texas Christian University (TCU) Worth Hills – Large Sized Molds for Curved Panels

 

This is a new development added to the school campus.

The entry way of the building has very high elevation breeze way. The cast stone and architectural precast panels required custom molds that enabled panels of such a big size that would fit together to create seamless effect in the breeze way.

 

AAS Case Study - TCU Worth Hills - Large Size Custom Shape Cast Stone Panels for Architectural Design

TCU Worth Hills Cast Study | Large Size Custom Shape Cast Stone Panels for Architectural Design

 

AAS Project - TCU - color matching - custom molds for Large Complex Curves - Download case study

AAS (Formerly ACS) | Project: Texas Christian University (TCU) Worth Hills Campus, Entry Gate | Cast Stone, Architectural Precast

 


 

PROJECT: SMU Simmons Hall Project: Precise molds, Construction Support, Coordination

 

Large Size Custom Stone Panels Fit in for Monolithic Stone Look | Fabricated Stone Veneer, Cladding Design

Large Size Custom Stone Panels Fit in for Monolithic Stone Look | Fabricated Stone Veneer, Cladding Design

 

 

SMU Simmons Hall Construction | Precise engineering, Custom Manufacturing of Architectural Cast Stone for the Portico Columns

SMU Simmons Hall Construction | Precise engineering, Custom Manufacturing of Architectural Cast Stone for the Portico Columns

Precision in Design Details - Complex Curved Cast Stone Pieces Fit Together Seamlessly Without Carving or Retrofitting

Accuracy in Design Details – Complex Curved Cast Stone Pieces Fit Together Seamlessly Without Carving or Retrofitting

Installation of Portico Columns | Cast Stone Pieces Planned in Sequence of Releases and Clear Labeling Simplified Onsite Construction

Installation of Portico Columns | Cast Stone Pieces Planned in Sequence of Releases and Clear Labeling Simplified Onsite Construction

Portico Column from Inside | Columns inset in Radial Wall Installed Easily with Precise Custom Shaped Pieces and Careful Planning

Portico Column from Inside | Columns inset in Radial Wall Installed Easily with Precise Custom Shaped Pieces and Careful Planning

The 40,000 sq. ft. building has large columns that are four-story high with diameter of 5-6 feet. The side of the building has cylindrical portico, the precise integration of the columns in the radius wall required a large number of unique cast stone pieces that fit seamlessly for intended design effect.

SMU Simmons Hall Project Case Study: SEE MORE >>