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.

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.

 

Loudoun School for Advanced Studies - Ashburn, VA

Reader & Swartz designed the new Loudoun School for Advanced Studies, an independent school set to advance the future of education by creating adaptable spaces for various group sizes. The pattern of materials on this elevation reflects the scale of the schoolhouse and the classrooms within the new building. Swisspearl fiber cement cladding panels were used along with an ECO Cladding VZ.10 subframing system at the building's entrance. 

For a project feature by the architect click here.

 

Rowan Rutgers Joint Health Science Center - Camden, NJ

HOK Architects - Philadelphia, selected a concealed Swisspearl fiber cement panel for a stunning facade on the new Rowan Rutgers Joint Health Science Center in downtown Camden, New Jersey.  The new building will serve as an anchor to the continued revitalization of Camden. Vertical rainscreen panels in two colors contrasted with the building's frosted glass curtainwall. A Vci.40 concealed subframing system was used.

For a project feature by the architect click here.

233 Landing Road - New York, NY

Edelman Sultan Knox Wood Architects designed the vibrant and attractive facade of 233 Landing Road using Swisspearl fiber cement rainscreen. The Swisspearl panels added color and energy to complement the rest of the building's brick walls. The architectural firm maximized the budget to create this affordable housing project. Landing Road Residence will be the first project created under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s HomeStretch program. HomeStretch is an innovative model that co-locates and co-finances transitional shelter and permanent affordable housing. A Hci.10Z subframing system was used.

For a project feature by the architect click here.

 

Beachside Private Residence

For this private residence, the design team at Roger Ferris + Partners incorporated Swisspearl® fiber cement panels to create an elegant lap-siding for the exterior facade. This modern residence is a dramatic example of fiber cement for residential construction. The fiber cement rainscreen was installed using a VZ.10 concrete exposed attachment system for ease of installation and the ability to match cavity depths with some of the project's window systems. The building is highlighted from all angles and the Swisspearl® panels act as a strong white palette for the glass and glazing to speak and define space.

For a project feature by the architect click here.

Grinnell College - Grinnell, IA

The design team at Baltimore-based Ayers Saint Gross designed the new Admission and Student Financial Services (ASFS) building for Grinnell College, complete with an energy-efficient Swisspearl® fiber cement rainscreen facade. The fiber cement and wood grain high-pressure laminate (HPL) rainscreen were installed with an ECO Cladding wall bracket system. The complete contemporary design has created a sense of warmth that Grinnell College desired for the heart of campus.

For a project feature by the architect click here.

CACPCS - Bronx, NY

Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School (CACPCS) provides students with rigorous core instructional programs that are supported by expanded learning opportunities and a comprehensive set of student support services. The building required a new space for the growing community. The FXFowle design team was able to achieve a whole new school with modern classrooms and open spaces allowing for a comfortable learning environment. The school boasts an energy-efficient rainscreen facade with a vertical Swisspearl® fiber cement rainscreen which is cut into smaller scale panel sizes, along with fiber concrete panels using ECO Cladding's Hci.11 System.

For a project feature by the architect click here.

Libbie Mill Library - Richmond, VA

Quinn Evans (BCWH) Architects has a reputation for designing cutting-edge library spaces and Libbie Mill Library in Richmond, Virginia is truly a fine example of their work! The building showcases a host of multiple rainscreen materials, integrated into a seamless drained and back-ventilated rainscreen facade. Terracotta, fiber cement, and fiber concrete cladding products were incorporated to create this public community anchor building. The library was one of the first buildings completed and has led to the growth of the area of Richmond suburb. Large fabricated Swisspearl® fiber cement panels were installed using ECO Cladding's concealed Alpha Vci.40 attachment 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 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.

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