Fiber Concrete / UHPC

Fiber Concrete Panels
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Material Overview:

Ultra high performance concrete (UHPC) is somewhat “new” to the façade rainscreen marketplace.  Taking advantage of various manufacturing approaches, there are a variety of UHPC or fiber concrete panels available.  The ability to achieve large format sizes, as well as a large range of finishes and custom capabilities, has quickly allowed fiber concrete panels to become very popular within the rainscreen design community.  

Design Considerations:

Fiber Concrete is produced in sheets or molds and then fabricated into finished panels.  Because of the manufacturing approach, fiber cement is often used as a material with “depth” and texture.  Panels often vary in color within individual panels.  Off-fall of material is a key design and fabrication consideration, so as to maximize the panel’s yield.  Both concealed and exposed, color-matched rivet systems are available.  Since many of the fiber concrete projects have strong visual texture, it is more common to select a concealed anchoring system.

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.

UNM Cancer Research – Albuquerque, NM

RMKM Architecture of Albuquerque designed the beautiful UNM Cancer Research Center which is the leading Oncology Hospital in New Mexico. The UNM Cancer Research Center is designed with a FibreC glass fiber reinforced concrete panels and an ECO Cladding Hci.11 system and is yet another example of how the Healthcare Sector is embracing integrated Fiber Concrete Rainscreen wall design.

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The Standard Hotel – New York, NY

Designed by Ennead Architects, The Standard Hotel is NYC’s newest iconic landmark! Straddling the High Line, this unique building was re-designed with a FibreC glass fiber reinforced concrete rainscreen and support from ECO Cladding for the Hci.10 subframing assembly. With a large soffit application under the belly of the hotel, ECO Cladding's technical design team was integral in the design and installation of this application.

 

Eci.40 Use Case

Cladding Materials: 
Ceramic
Fiber Cement
Fiber Concrete / UHPC
HPL Phenolic
Attachment Types: 
Concealed

Eci.11 Use Case

Cladding Materials: 
Fiber Cement
Fiber Concrete / UHPC
HPL Phenolic
Attachment Types: 
ExposedRivet