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.

Capital One Center, Block C - Fairfax, VA

ECO Cladding is pleased to be part of Capital One's 25-year masterplan development project, providing an engineered floor to floor solution for the Block C phase of construction. Our engineered Alpha E Wall Brackets form the key building block for the exterior fiber concrete (UHPC) rainscreen for the Block C podium and tower of this large-scale development in Fairfax, VA.

The Tower is adjacent to Capital One's current headquarters and consolidates the company's 1,800 district employees and their strategic plan for future growth. The project is LEED Gold Certified. A Fiber Concrete UHPC panel was selected for the this phase's rainscreen facade and ECO Cladding's Alpha E Wall Brackets allowed for floor-to-floor spanning for the subframing system behind the portrait-oriented UHPC panels.

For the Tower portion of the project, the Eci.10 and Eci. 11 subframing systems were utilized to install the fiber concrete (UHPC) panels. In addition, ECO Cladding's traditional Vci.10 subframing was utilized for the building's base podium.

Vci 10 Fiber Concrete / UHPC

Cladding Materials: 
Fiber Concrete / UHPC

National Museum of African American History & Culture - Washington, DC National Mall

Lead designer David Adjaye and lead architect Philip Freelon, together with their architectural team Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup, won an international competition to design the National Museum of African American History & Culture. Their design involved an enveloping lattice which opens the building to exterior daylight, and can be modulated according to the season. This is one of many symbolic representations of the museum, which seeks to stimulate open dialogue about race and help promote reconciliation and healing. The view from this bold building serves as a reminder to visitors that the Museum is an inspiration, open to all as a place of meaning, memory, reflection, laughter, and hope. This design is also architecturally practical and sustainable. In 2018, the museum was officially awarded LEED Gold Certification. ECO Cladding’s Vci.40 concealed system was utilized for fiber concrete panels on this project.

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.

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.

For a Project Overview 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

ECO Cladding is pleased to be part of Capital One's 25-year masterplan development project, ...Read More
Lead designer David Adjaye and lead architect Philip Freelon, together with their architectural ...Read More
Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School (CACPCS) provides students with rigorous core ...Read More
Quinn Evans (BCWH) Architects has a reputation for designing cutting-edge library spaces and Libbie ...Read More
The green Hourglass Field House Facility in San Diego is a high-performance, state-of-the-art ...Read More
Spector Group Architects of NYC used a Vci.40 ECO Cladding attachment system for their ...Read More
Group Goetz Architects implemented a modern upgrade and reclad to the entrance of 2131 K ...Read More
RMKM Architecture of Albuquerque designed the beautiful UNM Cancer Research Center which is  ...Read More
The eye-catching Sagaponack House designed by Selldorf Architects of New York City, used ...Read More