Fiber Cement

Fiber Cement Panels
Preferred Partners: 

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.

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.

 

University of Arkansas Garage – Fayetteville, AR

The University of Arkansas Garage is an outstanding award-winning project and has inspired numerous other university-based projects across the country. Designed by Des Moines-based HLKB Architecure, installation incorporated a Terra5 Terracotta Rainscreen, a fiber cement rainscreen, and a unique Terra5 Baguette Sunscreen, all supplied by Cladding Corp. Vci.45 and Vci.11 subframing systems formed the basis for all of the rainscreen attachments, including a custom-tailored sunscreen assembly solution, engineered by ECO Cladding.

Houston Elementary School - Washington, DC

Cox Graae Spack Architects and DC District Schools selected Swisspearl's fiber cement panels for the restoration of Houston Elementary School in Gilbert, AZ.  Four colors, vertical layout, random widths were no problem for Swisspearl's easily fabricated panels. Creative abounds and the playfulness of this school yard is contemporary, crisp, and timeless. An adjustable VZ.10 aluminum subframing allowed the installers to deliver perfect symmetry.

Ingleside at King Farm - Rockville, MD

Perkins Eastman has designed Gardenside, a 153-unit expansion at Ingleside at King Farm, a continuing care retirement community in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Rockville.  Two different Swisspearl products where incorporated into the multi-building campus.  Large format shingles in three colors were used to off-set the brick facade for the memory care facility.  The fish scale pattern has won attention from the Washington, DC design community.  The three colors of large format fiber cement panels create a warm palette for the modern senior housing towers. VZ.10 and Vci.40 subframing sytems were utilized.

Maury Elementary School - Washington, DC

The newly-renovated Maury Elementary School is open. DLR Group’s design offers 21st century educational spaces to enhance learning and, has a beautiful Swisspearl fiber cement rainscreen facade.  Black and white fiber cement panels allow this building to be timeless. Located in Washington D.C.’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Maury Elementary School was originally constructed in 1886. DLR Group’s design complements the surrounding historical residential architecture style while also offering a modernized, state-of-the-art learning environment. A glass-edged discovery commons seamlessly connects historic and new components of the school, celebrating the original iconic historic cornerstone building and amplifying transparency and indoor-outdoor connections. A VZ.10 subframing addressed the community's desire for an environmentally focused, thermally broken attachment system. 

For a project feature by the architect click here.

 

 

Sandy Springs Friends School - Sandy Spring, MD

Sandy Springs Friends School hired Stantec - Arlington to design their new upper school. The team selected Swisspearl to create a stunning vertical application that is both subtle and confident. Students and teachers will be greeted to a contemporary design that complements the school's campus. This environmentally friendly building, incorporated an Alpha Hci.10 subframing system and has multiple shades of white and grey fiber cement panels. The design called for perfect flatness and yhr installer too advantage of an ECO Cladding adjustable system.

For a project feature by the architect click here.

​Wheaton Government Center - Wheaton, MD

Gensler-DC design team has created a new skyline anchor to downtown Wheaton, MD. Using Swisspearl's expansive color palette, the architectural team has joyfully designed a sophisticated and contemporary Government Center.  The building's new fiber cement facade of reds and tan, complement the windows. The Swisspearl panels provide a range of colors and panel sizes, to harmonize with the varying window sizes. An aluminum Alpha Hci.10 subframing system was used to meet engineering and thermal code requirements. Wheaton Government Center is a modern-day head turner.

 

Afton Scientific - Charlottesville, VA

Afton Scientific commissioned FPW Architects to provide architectural and engineering services to convert a vacant rental space into an aseptic pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. The completed building was to present a clean and contemporary aesthetic consistent with a leader in the pharmaceutical industry. FPW selected Swisspearl fiber cement panels and a VZ.10 subframing system as the featured facade material.

For a project feature by the architect click here.

107 Forbes - Annapolis, MD

Grid Architects of Annapolis, Maryland have created another gem in the heart of Maryland's state capitol. Using a very innovative "dutch lap" or "fish scale" design, Swisspearl's metallic fiber cement cladding color series, called Reflex, makes a bold statement.  The building is situated at the entrance to Annapolis, a quaint and historic town. The town now has a beautiful new addition featuring the warmth of HPL wood panels, Swisspearl's metallic series fiber cement, and an ECO Cladding VZ.10 subframing system.

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 Vci.44 System

Alpha Vci.44 System

Panel Subframing system that offers a versatile horizontal rail with concealed clip. Designed specifically for fiber cement, ceramic, stone, and fiber concrete rainscreen applications. Allows maximum flexibility in panel layout with running-bond patterns possible.

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 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 fixing 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.