Hampton Inn, Homewood – GFRC
The original request for the project was to use Stucco or EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finishing System) for window surrounds and other architectural trims. The Advanced team proposed solution with GFRC because of its unique advantages.
GFRC – Significant Added Value
The addition of GFRC on the Hampton Inn made an important architectural improvement to the hotel. GFRC is a permanent material adding longevity to the building, an important benefit for owners. GFRC, the equivalent of architectural precast and cast stone, also reinforces a quality perception with hotel guests. AAS has participated in focus groups for the hospitality industry, where customers explain that masonry structures are associated with a more upscale lodging, and in turn, they are willing to pay more for their stays. The GFRC added illustrates how a relatively small investment in upscale material makes a significant difference in the perception of the overall quality of Hampton Inn’s product.
This project is also a very good example of how well GFRC provides light weight solutions for building exterior without requiring extensive support structure.
The outside fencing wall coping was implemented using architectural precast.
Architects: DLR Group
General Contractor: Layton Companies
Masonry Contractor: Decorative Masonry