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FABRICATED STONE PANELS: FIVE ADVANTAGES FOR VENEER, FACADE DESIGN


ONE: With precise control over size, shape and tolerances, AAS is able to manufacture stone panels with unparalleled range of design options. The veneer design can be customized to match any kind of geometry. When required, the veneer and façade designs can have monolithic stone look as well.


TWO: AAS is able to fabricate panels using three different types of stone products:

  1. Dry vibrant-tamp cast stone panels that allows for complex shapes and geometries
  2. Wet-pour architectural precast concrete stone products that can be structural as well
  3. GFRC panels that provide design flexibility, as well as high strength to weight ratio for higher elevation applications.

AAS team is able to suggest right combination of products for a project while maintaining seamless look and feel.


THREE: The panels can integrate seamlessly with brick veneer, glass, steel or any other aesthetic or structural elements. AAS is able to single source all three kinds of stone panels with detailed support and training for design assist, construction planning, onsite installation.


FOUR: Get any custom color of choice with a control sample. AAS has a very sophisticated color lab and fully automated batch plant to ensure precise, consistent color for project of any size.


FIVE: Seamless design aesthetic with other cladding applications on a building such as window surrounds, entry way surrounds, architectural columns, wall coping, etc.


PROJECT EXAMPLES:

LA Sports Hall of Fame

AAS Case Studies - Enable Customers Design Process - Support Installation - image - LA Sports Hall of Fame
Project Specific Focus, Manufacturing

Higher Education Complex

Manufactured Stone Veneer with Monolithic Stone Design Accent | Project: Higher Education Complex
Manufactured Stone Veneer with Monolithic Stone Design Accent | Project: Higher Education Complex

UCF ROTC

Fabricated Stone Veneer, 3D Framing of Sculpture | Project: UCF, ROTC Building
Fabricated Stone Veneer, 3D Framing of Sculpture | Project: UCF, ROTC Building

SMU Caruth Hall

Vibrant-tamp Cast Stone, Wet-pour Architectural Precast for Integrated Veneer Design
Vibrant-tamp Cast Stone, Wet-pour Architectural Precast for Integrated Veneer Design

Houston Market Square Tower

Dark Color Cast Stone Veneer | Custom Molds with Precision Enabled Monolithic Stone Look
Dark Color Cast Stone Veneer | Custom Molds with Precision Enabled Monolithic Stone Look

TCU Worth Hills

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

UCF ROTC: 3D Framing using Stone Veneer

AAS Project : ROTC Classroom at University of Central Florida | Architectural Stone Created Design of 3-Dimensional Frame for the Unique Sculpture
AAS Project : ROTC Classroom at University of Central Florida | Architectural Stone Created Design of 3-Dimensional Frame for the Unique Sculpture

Cook Children's Hospital

Cooks Children's Hospital | Cast Stone Uniformity and Consistency Helped Create Effect of a Monolithic Structure | Matched Native Limestone of Surrounding Buildings
Cooks Children's Hospital | Cast Stone Uniformity and Consistency Helped Create Effect of a Monolithic Structure | Matched Native Limestone of Surrounding Buildings

SMU COMMONS: EXTERIOR VENEER, CLADDING, HARDSCAPE DESIGN USING STONE PANELS


Advanced Architectural Stone (AAS) has extensive track record for manufacturing cast stone, architectural precast and GFRC for cladding, exterior veneer, and almost any other architectural design.

These pictures are of a number of buildings at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) campus. You are viewing a new dining hall and housing complex call the SMU Commons; the vision was to integrate these buildings with the overall identity of the campus. At the same time, the designers wanted to create a contemporary feel to the buildings to reflect the school’s cutting edge approach to education and its fun, nurturing, and exciting environment for students.

The AAS team proposed carrying out the design including the exterior cladding and stone veneers using two different products: cast stone and glass fiber reinforced concrete panels (GFRC).

 

Anita and Truman Arnolds Dining Commons, SMU | Unparalleled Design Freedom with Manufactured Stone | Cast Stone, GFRC Cladding, Veneer Design | TECHNOLOGY: CUSTOM MOLD MAKING >>

Unparalleled Design Freedom with Manufactured Stone | Cast Stone, GFRC Cladding, Veneer Design

 

Precision molds combining the use of the CNC technology and employee craftsmanship made it possible to create veneer wall panels that fit together seamlessly for look of monolithic stone. With computerized batch mixing as part of the integral manufacturing process, the stone panels, using both  cast stone and GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete), had the required structural properties, as well as matching color and finish.

The new buildings are huge success for the campus since they excite students, faculty and visitors.

 

Anita and Truman Arnolds Dining Commons, SMU | Cast stone, Architectural GFRC | Custom Molds, Customer Project Management Simplified Installation, Achieved Design with Precision

Cast stone, GFRC | Monolithic Stone Facade, Veneer Design, Stone Capping | Custom Molds, Customer Project Management Simplified Installation

 

PROJECT: SMU Commons | Architectural Stone Cladding

PROJECT: SMU Commons | Architectural Stone Cladding Developed Quality Experience

 

Stone Panels | Technology, Design Flexibility | GFRC, Cast Stone and Wet-percast Concrete Products Materials Combined for Uniform Aesthetic Accent

Stone Panels | Technology, Design Flexibility | GFRC, Cast Stone and Wet-percast Concrete Products Materials Combined for Uniform Aesthetic Accent


VENEER, FACADE DESIGN USING FABRICATED STONE PANELS: MORE PROJECT EXAMPLES, LEARN MORE >>

 

ARCHITECTURAL STONE CLADDING: SEE MORE PROJECT EXAMPLES, LEARN MORE >>

 

WALL COPING, PIER CAPS, HARDSCAPE >>


 

 

3-D FRAMING USING MANUFACTURED VENEER PANELS AT ROTC BUILDING, UCF


The new ROTC building at University of Central Florida highlights a 13-sided sculpture honoring our country and soldiers throughout the history.

The AAS team created framed views of the sculpture using architectural cast stone panels. The sculpture is housed in a one and half feet thick rotunda made from custom design dry-cast stone, and GFRC concrete panels. The rotunda is three stories high with 30 feet in diameter. There are three large radius openings in it with a complex series of step backs that create framed views of the sculpture from different directions.

This three-dimensional frame accentuates and emphasizes the unique sculpture symbolizing the spirit and storied tradition of the ROTC.

 

AAS Project : ROTC Classroom at University of Central Florida | Architectural Stone Created Design of 3-Dimensional Frame for the Unique Sculpture

AAS Project : ROTC Classroom at University of Central Florida | Architectural Stone Created Design of 3-Dimensional Frame for the Unique Sculpture


Color and texture consistency of architectural stone was achieved through a computer driven batch design.

The  CNC technology was utilized to design custom molds for the GFRC, cast stone wall panel pieces. Every one of the manufactured stone wall panels matched extremely stringent tolerance requirements. With all stone panels seamlessly fitting together, the entrance facade achieved desired look of a monolithic piece of stone.

 

University of Central Florida ROTC Classroom II Building | Architectural Stone Design Created Monolithic Look | Stone Veneer

University of Central Florida ROTC Classroom II Building | Architectural Stone Design Created Monolithic Look for the building facade | Stone Veneer


Exterior Veneer using Manufactured Stone Panels

 

The front entry and exterior of the building has architectural stone veneer that played a key role in harmonizing the new building with the rest of the school campus.

The facade veneer combined three different types of stone veneer panels – thin lightweight GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) panels at the higher elevation, vibrant-tamp architectural dry cast stone for the framing and cladding design elements, as well as wet-precast architectural concrete where stronger structural support was required.

 

AAS Formerly ACS | Architectural Stone Veneer, Cladding Harmonized new ROTC Building with campus of University of Central Florida (UCF)

AAS Formerly ACS | Architectural Stone Veneer, Cladding Harmonized new ROTC Building with campus of University of Central Florida (UCF)


Project Name: University of Central Florida Classroom Building II ROTC

Architect: Schenkel Shultz, Architecture/Interior Design

General Contractor: Clancy & Theys Construction

Products Used: GFRCArchitectural Cast Stone, as well as Architectural Precast Concrete

 


VENEER, FACADE DESIGN USING FABRICATED STONE PANELS: MORE PROJECT EXAMPLES, LEARN MORE >>

 

ARCHITECTURAL STONE CLADDING: SEE MORE PROJECT EXAMPLES, LEARN MORE >>


 

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: 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.

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