SMU Caruth Hall: Exterior Cladding, Veneer Design Using Manufactured Stone Panels

SMU Caruth Hall | Complex, Large Shapes for Exterior Cladding using Architectural Cast Stone, Architectural Wet-Precast Concrete, GFRC

SMU Caruth Hall | Large, Custom Shapes and Design combining Architectural Cast Stone, Architectural Wet-precast Concrete, GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) Panels

 

The Caruth Hall building at Southern Methodist University (SMU) provides a home for the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, dedicated to innovative math and science programs. The building serves as a gateway to the school’s east quadrangle. It was critical that the new building design and construction materials match the other buildings in this part of the campus, which are 75-80 years old.

 

SMU Caruth Hall | Architectural Stone Case Study - Vision to Blend the New Building Design with Other Buildings that are 75-80 Years Old

SMU Caruth Hall | Architectural Stone Case Study – Vision to Blend the New Building Design with Other Buildings that are 75-80 Years Old


AAS Case Study - SMU Caruth Hall - Architectural Stone Cladding, Veneer, Design AccentIn this case study, learn more about the process of realzing the design combining three different types of manufactured concrete stone panels –  architectural cast stone, wet-precast concrete and GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete)DOWNLOAD THE CASE STUDY to learn more about it, or see all details below on this web page.

 

PROCESS – DESIGN, MANUFACTURING OF PANELS FOR EXTERIOR STONE VENEER, CLADDING

 

The Advanced Architectural Stone (AAS) team collaborated closely with Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford Architects to understand the design requirements of this project.
The team obtained stone samples from existing buildings on campus, and came up with the precise mix that would match the new architectural cast stone products with the surrounding historic buildings.

 

  1. After detailed analysis of engineering requirements, the team decided to use the dry-cast or vibrant-tamp method for manufacturing the architectural cast stone.
  2. For the stairs and load bearing columns in the front entry and amphitheater, wet-cast architectural concrete was used.
  3. The cornices on the eaves were created using thin architectural GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete, also known as light weight concrete) panels with pre-engineered, built in connections.

 

With a custom mix for casting each product, all three seamlessly matched in color and finish.  The project took more than a year to complete. The computerized batch plant helped ensure consistency of products over time, taking into account moisture and seasonal variations.

 

SMU Caruth Hall | Precise Mix for Each of the Three Product Materials - Architectural cast stone, precast and GFRC Matched Seamlessly for Consistent Design Effect

SMU Caruth Hall | Precise Mix for Each of the Three Product Materials – Architectural cast stone, precast and GFRC Matched Seamlessly for Consistent Design Effect

 

The manufacturing of products was scheduled in line with the construction milestones.

As required, AAS staged and sequenced the delivery of products for simpler construction management at the project site.

SMU Caruth Hall Architectural Stone Cladding | Cast Stone and Wet-precast Products Combined for Desired Design Accent | Large Column Porches and Entries, Design of Eaves, Window Surround Trim

SMU Caruth Hall Architectural Stone Cladding | Cast Stone and Wet-precast Products Combined for Desired Design Accent | Large Column Porches and Entries, Design of Eaves, Window Surround Trim

 

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 | Dentil Frieze all around Eaves using Architectural GFRC | Wall Coping


AAS Case Study - SMU Caruth Hall - Architectural Stone Cladding, Veneer, Design Accent

CARUTH HALL AMPHITHEATER

 

The north side of the structure is designed with an amphitheater.

Originally, the open-air venue was designed with pour-in place concrete. Upon review by the campus design team, architectural cast stone was determined a better material, since it would coordinate with the overall design of the amphitheater.  It also provided an upscale look for this part of the campus.

The benches in the amphitheater have a unique style; the large circular cast stone pieces for the benches were created using 3-D modeling and illustrations for analysis, followed by custom molds.

 

Caruth Hall Amphitheater | Architectural Stone Integrated Columns with Custom Cladding, Veneer, Sitting Area Benches

Caruth Hall Amphitheater | Architectural Stone Integrated Columns with Custom Cladding, Veneer, Sitting Area Benches


The veneer at the base of the amphitheater is also clad using architectural cast stone.

The flexibility to customize products with high precision and consistency helped designers make a contemporary statement with the design of the amphitheater.

SMU Caruth Hall Amphitheater | Building Veneer, Entryway Cladding, Wall Coping, Balusters

SMU Caruth Hall Amphitheater | Building Veneer, Entryway Cladding, Wall Coping, Balusters

 

Southern Methodist University (SMU) Caruth Hall – RESULT

 

The building was an environmentally conscious design exceeding LEED Gold Standards.

The school designers appreciate the long life, as well as the design flexibility and beauty of the architectural stone.  The Caruth Hall aesthetically blends very well with the nearby historic buildings.

 

SMU Caruth Hall | Environmentally Conscious Design Exceeding Gold LEED Standards | Beauty, Consistency, Longevity of Architectural Stone

SMU Caruth Hall | Environmentally Conscious Design Exceeding Gold LEED Standards | Beauty, Consistency, Longevity of Architectural Stone

 


AAS Case Study - SMU Caruth Hall - Architectural Stone Cladding, Veneer, Design AccentProject Name: Southern Methodist University (SMU) – Caruth Hall

Location: Dallas, Texas

Architect: Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford Architects

General Contractor: Austin Commercial

Masonry Contractor: Dee Brown Masonry

Product Materials Used: Architectural Cast Stone, Wet-precast Concrete, Architectural GFRC

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