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CLADDING FT WORTH ARENA: LARGE SIZES + CUSTOM SHAPES + PRECISION

The new Ft. Worth Arena design has used exterior stone cladding all around the building. The AAS team custom fabricated cast stone for this application.

 

Pre-engineered anchoring connections simply installation Custom molds enabling precise matching of intricate cast stone pieces Cast stone protection, design accent Cast stone cladding for Ft Worth Arena building Large size cast stone pieces for banding, wall coping all around the Ft Worth Arena Large size complex shapes with stringent tolerance requirements Arena Tower from the side view at top of the building Onsite installation support, coordination, troubleshooting Cast stone pillasters, baluster design

 

The AAS team confirmed design feasibility working closely with the architect and contractor  using CAD drawings. AAS leveraged manufacturing flexibility to mold both sides of the stone pieces using the dry vibrant-tamp casting process for the stone panels. Custom molds were developed using the CNC technology. With each custom designed stone panel matching stringent tolerance requirement, the bandings, cornices, wall coping, pilasters, balusters and large size architectural trim match the complex angles and wide range of shapes precisely.

The cast stone matched color with wet-pour precast concrete used on stair trades and also large size GFRC panels.

With detailed planning and close coordination with customer, the manufacturing schedule matched with the construction milestones for smooth execution of this massive cladding application for the arena.

AAS worked closely with the installers for onsite troubleshooting.

 

> FT WORTH ARENA CASE STUDY

 

CREATIVITY, PRECISE DESIGN MATCHING FOR SUNDANCE PALACE THEATER

2017 APA Design Craftsmanship Award - Sundance East - Palace Block GFRC Keystone, Banding, Architectural Trim with Fish Pattern, Cornice with Denteel Pattern Retail, Entertainment Building Design Accent using Cast Stone, GFRC Intricate Fish Pattern, Key Stone Matched Exactly with Architects Renderings | GFRC product material Hand Carving in Clay on Top of Custom Design Wooden Piece to Match Architects Rendering for Keystone Creative Hand Design Touch in Clay to Develop Rubber Mold Exactly Matching with Original Design Renderings

The AAS team worked closely with the architect and contractor to realize elevation design for the Sundance Palace Theater  in Fort Worth, TX.

Preserving the original theme of the theater building while carrying out this renovation project was the key to success. The stone pieces for this are custom manufactured using cast stone and GFRC.

The stone panels for the fish design pattern on the jamb and arch used not only the AAS technology, but also the design craftsmanship and experience of the AAS team.

AAS developed the large protruding decorative keystone in architectural GFRC product material. The original design piece was hand carved. AAS artist developed the matching replica of the keystone using clay. Once it was approved by the architects, the team used that to develop rubber mold for the piece. This mold was used in turn to fabricate the keystone with intricate design details in GFRC.

The precise matching of stone pieces for the massive cornice and dentil design at the top of the theater elevation achieved monolithic stone look.

 

Project Name:
Sundance East – Palace Block

Architect:
David M Schwarz Architects, Inc.

General Contractor:
Dennet Construction

Products:
Cast Stone, Architectural GFRC

Award: APA Design Craftsmanship Award

Cornice work and banding, particularly decorative and protruded banding, are a particular specialty for Architectural Products. The ability of Advanced Architectural Stone (AAS) to produce massively projecting elements with light weight shapes allows architects not only to achieve unattainable results in other materials, but also to achieve the form at a practical and economical cost.

 

> PROJECTS GALLERY: INTEGRATED CORNICE AND BANDING DESIGNS

17,000+ PRECISELY MANUFACTURED CUSTOM STONE PIECES: CLADDING, VENEER DESIGN

The Market Square residential tower is clad in the Leuders limestone and much darker color AAS cast stone.

 

  • Project specific custom molds were designed to manufacture 17,000+ cast stone pieces for custom design of building cladding, and veneer design that seamlessly integrated pilasters.
  • Detailed planning with manufacturing schedule, settings plan and sequencing, coordination with the construction team.
  • Product: Custom fabricated vibrant-tamp cast stone. LEARN MORE >>

 

Project: Houston Market Square | Custom Dark Color Cast Stone for Veneer, Cladding | Design Accent at the Top of Building

PROJECT: Houston Market Square | Custom Dark Color Manufactured Stone Highlighting the Leuders Limestone Exterior >>

 


 

PROJECTS GALLERY: CLADDING DESIGN >>

CASE STUDY: HOUSTON MARKET SQUARE TOWER >>

 


FABRICATED STONE CLADDING, VENEER DESIGN FOR SMU COMMONS

SMU Commons is newly developed residential hall. The designers wanted the new buildings to blend will the overall campus, and yet give it a contemporary feeling for the buildings that are equipped with cutting edge technology. The AAS team worked closely with the customer to custom design and fabricate the stone panels used in the buildings for unifying design accent.

The building designs combined architectural stone cladding, as well monolithic stone veneer for the intended aesthetic vision.


Cladding Design

All the halls in SMU Commons have wall copings, architectural trim, stone panel entry way designs, wainscots that unified the design accent. With computerized batch plant to precisely control the admixture for the manufactured stone panels, the custom color and structural properties of the stone panels were consistently uniform.

The buildings have integrated cornice and banding designs with look of monolithic stone.

The cladding application design used both cast stone, as well as GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete).

 

PROJECT: SMU Commons | Architectural Stone Cladding Fabricated Stone Panels Cladding: Cast Stone, GFRC Panels Fabricated Stone Panels Cladding: Cast Stone, GFRC Panels

 

 


Veneer Design

The stone veneer design in the project has effect of monolithic stone customized to maximize the views. It is designed to integrate with the glass. Close working relationship with the contractor and designer for the project was a key to confirm design feasibility. The AAS team developed custom molds to fabricate every stone piece to precise shape with stringent tolerance requirements. The stone panels color precisely with cladding panels used throughout the SMU Commons buildings.

 

Anita and Truman Arnolds Dining Commons, SMU | Cast stone, Architectural GFRC | Custom Molds, Customer Project Management Simplified Installation, Achieved Design with Precision Project: SMU Commons | Architectural Stone Cladding, Veneer Design | Custom Mold Making | Design and Technology

 

 


Pilaster Design

 

The exterior elevation design has seamlessly integrated pilasters using precisely developed custom molds that matched stringent tolerance requirements.

The ability of the AAS team to work closely assisting with the design feasibility early in the project mitigated risk in the project execution.

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

DESIGN OF 68-FEET TALL CAST STONE ENTRY: GOTHIC ARC, CATHEDRAL WINDOW TURRET

How do you achieve grand entry that is more than five stories high with complex design details that also look seamless/monolithic in design?

The AAS team custom fabricated cast stone pieces for the for the Fertitta Hall building project at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California (USC). The 68-feet tall stone veneer with multi-profiled entry way trim for the vaulted gothic arc, and also cathedral window turret is built using 955 cast stone pieces (970 cubic feet, 131,000 lb. of weight).

See in this video how the cast stone panels are engineered with thoroughly integrated installation support:

 


Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall, Marshall School of Business, USC | Cast Stone Grand Entry that is more than Five Stories High | Custom Engineering, Fabrication

Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall, Marshall School of Business, USC | Cast Stone Grand Entry that is more than Five Stories High | Custom Engineering, Fabrication


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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 >>

 

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WALL COPING, PIER CAPS, HARDSCAPE >>


 

 

STONE PANELS FOR STONELEIGH RESIDENTIAL TOWER

AAS stone panels are used on this project in various applications, as an exterior veneer rain-screen, at the entry and base of the facade, as the surround stone on all balconies, as a banding at the penthouse tower area, and extensively at the garden and pool areas. This project is an excellent example of using matching masonry materials, GFRC and cast stone.

When the structural shell of this building was completed in 2008, AAS provided cast stone wall panels for the first two floors of the parking garages. However, the building went into receivership soon after construction started, and was then purchased by a new owner in 2012. After a four years hiatus, a different general contractor was hired to complete the project along with a number of new suppliers. The architects for the project continued to emphasize the importance of the original design vision particularly of the stone panels on the balconies and on every floor of the tower. The AAS team recommended using GFRC panels for this to take advantage of the lighter weight and ease of installation. The carefully controlled batch mix of the GFRC wall panels matched the color and finish of the cast stone used on the first two floors.

Stoneleigh Residential Tower - Cast Stone, GFRC Panels for Rain-screen, Cladding, Exterior Veneer Design

Stoneleigh Residential Tower – Cast Stone, GFRC Panels for Rain-screen, Cladding, Exterior Veneer Design | Custom Mold Making, Project Coordination with Installers

Stoneleigh Residential Tower | Matching Custom GFRC Panels on Balconies

Stoneleigh Residential Tower | Matching Custom GFRC Panels on Balconies

 

Stoneleight Residential Tower | Dry Vibrant-tamp Cast Stone for Rain-screen, Veneer, Cladding at Lower Levels of the Residential Tower Elevation

Stoneleight Residential Tower | Dry Vibrant-tamp Cast Stone for Rain-screen, Veneer, Cladding at Lower Levels of the Residential Tower Elevation

The challenge for AAS team was to understand the requirements of the new installer, and to modify the stone panels accordingly. While the balcony areas on different floors appear the same visually, there was a large variation in the dimensions. The support cut-out further complicated the balconies because there were different railing suppliers with varying cut-out positons. AAS engineering team created a series of unique notch and block-outs in the panel molds in order to create custom panels for almost every balcony. The built-in, pre-engineered GFRC connections simplified the installation for the contractor significantly and allowed the project to be highly successful.


Project: Stoneleigh Residential Tower

Architect: Jeff Smith/Gromatzky Dupree & Associates

Products: Cast Stone, GFRC

 


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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

 


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NORTH SIDE HIGH SCHOOL: CAST STONE MATCHES ART DECO DESIGN TRADITION


The Culinary Arts Building is a 48,000 square foot building for an additional phase of the North Side High School campus. The school district’s vision was to stay consistent with the traditional Art Deco styling of the school campus. The project consisted of larger than average size architectural cast stone wall panels and architectural wet-precast concrete pieces in order to illustrate the Art Deco designs.

 

North Side-High School | Culinary Arts Building | Custom Finish Coordination with architect for size alterations

North Side-High School | Culinary Arts Building | Custom Finish Coordination with architect for size alterations | Architect: Corgan Associates | Contractor: Steele-Freeman, Inc. Contractors


AAS team replicated the original art deco design using cast stone.  There were no architectural plans detailing the elaborate Art Deco style precast designs as used on earlier buildings.  Advanced Architectural Stone sent artisan mold designers to the project site to trace the designs in order to make molds.  Once all designs were drawn, the employees returned to the job site to measure the various depths of each design for exact replication.

Advanced Architectural Stone (AAS Formerly ACS) | Art Deco Design style design using Cast Stone, Architectural Precast | North Side High School | Closeup of Entry | Architect: Corgan Associates | Contractor: Steele-Freeman, Inc. Contractors

Advanced Architectural Stone (AAS Formerly ACS) | Art Deco Design style design using Cast Stone, Architectural Precast | North Side High School | Closeup of Entry | Architect: Corgan Associates | Contractor: Steele-Freeman, Inc. Contractors


The design craftsmanship of AAS team and technology to create custom decorative stone delivered for the project.

There were 576 pieces of architectural cast stone and architectural precast concrete on the project with detailed design at the roof coping, on panel-lintels above windows, and period fluted pilasters around the structure.

 

Advanced Architectural Stone (AAS Formerly ACS) | Art Deco Design style design using Cast Stone, Architectural Precast | North Side High School | Close up Window Header | Architect: Corgan Associates | Contractor: Steele-Freeman, Inc. Contractors

Advanced Architectural Stone (AAS Formerly ACS) | Art Deco Design style design using Cast Stone, Architectural Precast | North Side High School | Close up Window Header | Architect: Corgan Associates | Contractor: Steele-Freeman, Inc. Contractors


 

Project Name: North Side High School, Culinary Arts Building

Location: 2211 McKinley Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76164

Architect: Corgan Associates, Inc

General Contractor: Steele-Freeman, Inc. Contractors