Fiber Cement

Fiber Cement Panels
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Material Overview:

Architects, installers and owners now have the premier fiber cement panel from Swisspearl®, combined with a fully engineered rainscreen system of ECO Cladding.  As a perferred partner, Swisspearl's ® quality fiber cement panels set the industry standard in unique, natural and timeless beauty.  ECO Cladding engineered systems give architects and installers the needed resources to design intelligent rainscreen walls that address deep cavity systems, continuous insulation and other code and industry standards.  ECO Cladding systems are also designed to give architects aesthetic freedom to incorporate concealed, lap-siding or visible attachments.

Design Considerations:

Fiber Cement is produced in sheets and fabricated into finished panels.  The designer has the ability to create varying degrees of patterns and panel shapes on the building - often using numerous colors to create intrigue and acheive a particular design aesthetic.  Most fiber cement panels are consistent in color range from panel to panel.  Air cured fiber cement is preferred for rainscreen applications and auto-claved panels are not recommedended for rainscreen wall conditions.  Off–fall of material is a key fabrication consideration, so as to maximize the panel’s yield.  Swisspearl® is the leading fiber cement manufacturer for architectural grade panels and offers a variety of large sheet sizes and a full range of medium and shingle panels.  Both concealed and exposed, color-matched rivet systems are available.

839 Beacon Street - Boston, MA

Prellwitz Chilinski Associates reinterpreted Boston’s typical brick and bay townhouses with a striking new approach for this apartment and retail space designed for working professionals. Swisspearl fiber cement panels were incorporated in three custom colors with our Alpha VZ.10 subframing system providing the subframing backbone for the building’s contemporary facade. The sidewalk level of the building is highlighted with an attractive retail front and the residential stories are angle creating a striking pattern and movement across the main elevation of the facade.

SUNY Cortland Park Center - Cortland, NY

Flynn Battaglia Architects has delivered an award-winning renovation of the SUNY Cortland Park Center. The project is a model of the rainscreen academy, featuring Swisspearl fiber cement, terracotta and ACM rainscreen systems. The Swisspearl fiber cement section of the building incorporated a variety of panel colors and featured both a wave fabricated design and grooved panels. The unique wave pattern is a clever design for a recreation center with an indoor pool. The Swisspearl panels wereinstalled on an adjustable and thermally
broken Hci.10 subframing system.

Alice Tully Hall - Juilliard School, Manhattan, NY

The re-design of the Alice Tully Hall by FX FOWLE Architects in collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro aimed to transform the Juilliard School’s premier performance venue at Lincoln Center into a beautiful and approachable music venue with a recognizable building identity. Hidden underneath the Juilliard School, the design involved revealing the Hall’s unique outer shell of natural stone and large format fiber cement rainscreen panels. The sloped underside of Juilliard’s expansion serves as an eye-catching canopy framing the hall, its expanded lobby, and box office. The design team utilized an engineered Alpha Vci.40 concealed anchor subframing system for the large format fiber cement panels for this dramatic soffit detail. ECO Cladding’s concealed anchor system was able to meet all of the critical design requirements for the project including dead loads and wind loads, providing a high-performance subframing solution for the long-term.​

Gene Haas Advance Manufacturing Center - Hudson Valley Community College

Hudson Valley Community College’s Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills (CAMS) – is a new $14.5 million, 37,000 square foot building designed by Mosaic Associates, a Troy-based architecture firm. The center will allow the college to double enrollment in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology (A.O.S.) degree program and meet an urgent workforce demand for skilled employees in the region.

Mosaic’s design team selected Swisspearl’s fiber cement panels and a VZ.10 adjustable rainscreen subframing to clad the exterior of the building. This is the second building on the Hudson Valley CC campus to incorporate Swisspearl panels.

For a project feature by the architect click here.

238 Linden Avenue - Ithaca, NY

For this apartment building located within a brief walk from Cornell University, Ikon 5 Architects selected the high-quality Swisspearl fiber cement rainscreen facade panels and paired them with a thermally broken ECO Cladding Hci.10 subframing system. The project is a block away from the University and the growing demand for housing has created many opportunities for owners to make improvements around town. The facade incorporates four different Swisspearl colors including three metallic Reflex colors. The thermally broken Hci.10 subframing system was selected since the Alpha wall brackets allow for fewer penetrations into the air barrier. This approach offers a more thermally efficient wall design and is compliant with continuous insulation requirements. College housing... taken to a whole new level!

 

Marriott AC Hotel - Bridgewater, NJ

BASE4 Architects designed the new Marriott AC Hotel with a Swisspearl fiber cement rainscreen facade and a thermally-broken ECO Cladding Vci.40 sub-framing system. For this modern hotel chain, Swisspearl’s Avera and Carat series were selected to provide a high-quality, maintenance-free exterior façade. For the panel subframing, the adjustable Vci Alpha brackets are thermally broken and create an engineered wall solution. 

ECO Cladding provides fully-engineered system-based solutions, in which both cladding and substructure are engineered to accommodate project wind loads, seismic loads, building slab to slab deflections, and thermal movements of materials. The 1.5” adjustability of the Alpha Vci bracketed system allowed for a fast and worry-free installation.

For a project feature by the architect click here.

James L McGuire Elementary School - North Providence, RI

SLAM Collaborative - CT has designed another eye-catching rainscreen design with the new James L. McGuire Elementary School. Continuing their history of using Swisspearl fiber cement panels, SLAM was the first project in the USA to incorporate the new Swisspearl Reflex Dark Silver metallic color. One of the strengths of the Reflex Dark Silver metallic color from Swisspearl is the ability to be fabricated into unique shapes, and what better location for a fun, creative design than an elementary school.

The design team utilized an Alpha Hci.10 face-fastened subframing system with two different bracket lengths to accommodate the innovative design and variations in cavity depth. With this project, all involved parties rose to the challenge of this innovative design, with SLAM leading the charge with developing these eye-catching details.

Northeastern University South Campus Pedestrian Bridge - Boston, MA

Designed by Payette, the Northeastern University Pedestrian Bridge intends to connect the main campus with the expanding Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex. One of Payette’s design requirements was to incorporate facade materials that would require minimal maintenance. Instead of employing the conventional ‘curl-over’ guard rail fencing typical on bridges that cross railways, the new bridge’s steel panels angle outward and grow in height to attain the necessary protection over the catenary wires.
The bridge’s Swisspearl fiber cement panels are set to be installed using our Alpha Vci.40 concealed aluminum subframing system.

For a project feature by the architect click here.

SUNY Purchase College Center for Media Film & Theater - Purchase, NY

FXFOWLE Architects, designed SUNY Purchase’s new 75,000 SF Center for Integrated Technology & Learning as a combined center for the School of Theater Arts, the School of Film & Media Studies, and other related arts programs. The new facility will add an entry pavilion and gathering space for students. The screen wall design feature incorporated two layers for walls, using Swisspearl fiber cement panels as accent panels in greyscale. The exterior layer has a perforated metal screen. The fiber cement panels were fastened using our Hci.11 Visible Rivet System.

Staff Sergeant James Hill Elementary School - Revere, MA

Drummey Rosane Anderson (DRA) designed the new Staff Sergeant James Hill Elementary School with transparency and materiality to connect it with its surroundings and establish a benchmark for downtown Revere urban renewal. The design features large glass expanses that serve to have interior areas experienced at the exterior streetscape as well as to connect interior spaces to favorable exterior views. The building has accent areas of glass detailed with Swisspearl fiber cement cladding which are used both to organize the elevation and to express special program areas on the interior of the building. A Hci.10 subframing was incorporated into the facade. 

For a project feature by the architect click here.

 

Available Systems

Alpha Vci.10 System

Alpha Vci.10 System

Panel Subframing system that offers visible rivet fixing for fiber cement, HPL or fiber concrete panels. Rivet attachment guarantees high pull-out values and ease of installation.

Alpha Vci.40 System

Alpha Vci.40 System

Panel Subframing system that offers fixing using concealed, undercut anchors for cement composite, ceramic, stone, HPL and fiber concrete panels. The back of each panel is pre-drilled using undercut drill bit to receive the hanger clip and expanding bolt anchor.

Alpha Hci.10 System

Alpha Hci.10 System

Panel Subframing system that offers visible rivet fixing for fiber cement, HPL or fiber concrete panels. Rivet attachment guarantees high pull-out values and ease of installation.

Alpha Hci.11 System

Alpha Hci.11 System

Panel Subframing system that offers visible rivet fixing for fiber cement, HPL or fiber concrete panels. Rivet attachment guarantees high pull-out values and ease of installation.

Alpha Eci.11 Rainscreen System

Alpha Eci.11 System

Panel Subframing system that offers visible rivet fixing for fiber cement, HPL, or fiber concrete panels using our Alpha E edge-to-edge wall bracket. Large spans can be achieved due to a solid supporting beam recess. Rivet attachment guarantees high pull-out values and ease of installation.

Alpha Eci.40 System

Alpha Eci.40 System

Panel Subframing system that offers panel attachment using concealed, undercut anchors for cement composite, ceramic, stone, HPL, and fiber concrete panels using our Alpha E edge-to-edge wall bracket. Large spans can be achieved due to a solid supporting beam recess.

Recent Projects

Prellwitz Chilinski Associates reinterpreted Boston’s typical brick and bay townhouses with a ...Read More
Flynn Battaglia Architects has delivered an award-winning renovation of the SUNY Cortland Park ...Read More
The re-design of the Alice Tully Hall by FX FOWLE Architects in collaboration with Diller Scofidio ...Read More
Hudson Valley Community College’s Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills (CAMS) – is ...Read More
For this apartment building located within a brief walk from Cornell University, Ikon 5 ...Read More
BASE4 Architects designed the new Marriott AC Hotel with a Swisspearl fiber cement rainscreen ...Read More
SLAM Collaborative - CT has designed another eye-catching rainscreen design with the new ...Read More
Designed by Payette, the Northeastern University Pedestrian Bridge intends to connect the main ...Read More
FXFOWLE Architects, designed SUNY Purchase’s new 75,000 SF Center for Integrated Technology ...Read More
Drummey Rosane Anderson (DRA) designed the new Staff Sergeant James Hill Elementary School with ...Read More
Arrowstreet designed a 230-unit, 220,000-square-foot residential building as a part of the ...Read More
The University of Arkansas Garage is an outstanding award-winning project and has inspired ...Read More
Cox Graae Spack Architects and DC District Schools selected Swisspearl's fiber cement panels for ...Read More
Perkins Eastman has designed Gardenside, a 153-unit expansion at Ingleside at King Farm, a ...Read More
The newly-renovated Maury Elementary School is open. DLR Group’s design offers 21st century ...Read More