Tarrant County Jail: Custom Color Cast Stone Panels for Cladding Design
Color consistency was a challenge on this project. The project color was heavily pigmented and dark. AAS team worked with raw material suppliers to achieve a very specific color required for cast stone panels in this project. Several batch designs were reviewed in order to produce a color that did not vary. The customer was ecstatic with the diligence of the AAS team in developing the right look and finish for the project.
The project was a separate building within a multi-block area developed by the county to house certain judicial and administrative functions. The building completes the redevelopment of the area and is architecturally compatible with the surroundings. Each building has its unique characteristics, but there is an overall campus approach to the area.
The project challenges arose in producing the banding in a varying pattern that did not repeat exactly around the building. Many of the sections of the building were interrupted by pilasters of different sizes and positions around the building. The star of the state and other insignias were added to sections of the banding, but not to other sections. The production challenges were minimized by organizing production tickets in the exact sequence of the building and the installation on the building, rather than grouping similar parts together for production efficiencies.
Custom mold making technology made it possible to create stone panels with stringent tolerance requirements. The design was able to achieve the design aesthetic of monolithic stone with the custom-manufactured panels.
The computerized batch plant helped with the consistency of cast stone panel properties throughout this project.