Terracotta

Terracotta Rainscreen Panel Sub-framing
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Material Overview:

For centuries, kiln-fired terracotta has been one of the most beautiful and long-lasting building materials that construction has known, and has only recently emerged as a warm and timeless medium for modern rainscreen design. Terracotta comes in two standard thicknesses, 18mm and 30mm.  A variety of panel lengths and heights can be utilized to create a modern, natural aesthetic.

Design Considerations:

Knowing the type of terracotta panel and format size is essential in system selection, as the varying thickness and structure of the terracotta panels will help to define attachment system approach. Horizontal rail and semi-concealed ship-lap concealed systems are the most popular approaches for terracotta rainscreen applications.

University of Iowa Psych & Brain Sciences - Iowa City, IA

For the new Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences building at the University of Iowa, BNIM Architects incorporated an engineered Terra5 rainscreen and sunscreen assembly supplied by Cladding Corp.  For this project, a grey color pallet was selected in order to coordinate with the overall campus master plan. In addition to the exterior rainscreen facade, this installation also included a unique and defining sunshade detail at the top portion of the windows, providing both thermal and aesthetic elements to the building's design. A Hci.22 subframing system was utilized.

For a project feature by the architect click here.

Alpha Sunscreen System

Wall Type: 
Stud
Cladding Materials: 
Terracotta
Attachment Types: 
Concealed

Sotomayor Houses - Bronx, NY

Designed by Nelligan White Architects, Sotomayor Houses, is a sprawling New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) development in the Bronx. The development is made up of 28 seven-story buildings arranged across a 30-acre campus. Completed in 1955, the 1,496-apartment development has an estimated 3,497 residents. The comprehensive rehabilitation consists of selective masonry, Cladding Corp's Terra5 terracotta panels for the parapet and full roof replacement, as well as a complete replacement of windows, plumbing, fixtures, finishes, security and site sewage. An ECO Cladding Vci.22 subframing system was utilized to support the terracotta rainscreen panels at the parapet locations.

For a project feature by the architect click here.

Mission College Student Engagement Center

LIONAKIS incorporated a Terra5 sunscreen baguette system for the second phase of the existing main building replacement at the Mission College campus. The Center houses a variety of student services, including a Welcome Center, Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Health Services, Student Outreach, and the Career/Transfer Center, among others. The design intentionally incorporated student gathering and study spaces throughout. The facility is registered with the certification goal of LEED Platinum. ECO Cladding was pleased to provide the Alpha Sunscreen System for the baguette subframing assembly.

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.

Dartmouth Dana Hall - Hanover, NH

Located at the heart of 1960s medical school on Dartmouth’s north campus - The Dana Hall project was designed by Leers Weinzapfel Associates. This design was based around an existing structure and the choice of high R-Value Terra5 terracotta rainscreen panels, a solar panel canopy, and triple-glazed windows created a building with a low embodied energy that approaches net-zero energy usage. Cladding Corp's Terra5 terracotta panels offer a large range of red tones for the design team to select the perfect match. A Vci.45 subframing system was utilized.

For a project feature by the architect click here.

9 East Mount Royal Apartments - Baltimore, MD

Waldon Studio Architects provided full architectural and engineering services from concept design through construction administration for Zahlco Properties, 9 East Mount Royal Apartments.

Located in the Mount Vernon Historic District of Baltimore City, this is a new 7-story, 64-unit apartment building with indoor parking for 41 cars, retail on the ground floor, and tenant amenity spaces on the top level. 
The exterior design of the building is decidedly contemporary, but it reflects the historic context of its neighborhood in its proportions and details. A distinctive feature of the exterior design is the use of Cladding Corp's Terra5 terracotta on the front facade. The terracotta material wraps the front corners of the building and extends approximately 2 feet back along the sidewalls, before interfacing with full-height, vertical glass corner elements;  at the top floor, the terracotta extends along the side walls approximately 20 feet beyond the front plane of the building, highlighting the amenity spaces on that level. A V0.45 subframing system was utilized.

For a project feature by the architect click here.

 

Station No. 5 - San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Public Works designed and managed the construction of the new replacement facility, which is expected to receive LEED Gold certification for energy and water efficiency. A terracotta rainscreen along with an HZ.22 attachment system were utilized for the new Fire Station No. 5 at 1301 Turk St. The updated design replaced the historic 1950s-era firehouse at the same location which no longer met the demands of a modern-day San Francisco. The 21,193 square-foot flagship fire station for San Francisco Fire Department’s Division 2, consists of 20 fire stations located in the downtown Financial District and northwestern neighborhoods. Alten Construction served as the primary contractor. 

For a project feature by San Francisco Public Works 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.45 System

Alpha Vci.45 System

Panel Subframing system that incorporates a versatile horizontal rail designed specifically for thin, fluted terracotta tile formats. Allows maximum flexibility in panel layout with running-bond patterns possible.  For use with either stud or concrete back-up wall conditions.

Alpha Vci.29 Terracotta Cladding System

Alpha Vci.29 System

Panel Subframing system that incorporates a versatile horizontal rail designed specifically for vertically-oriented fluted terracotta

Alpha Hci.22 System

Panel Subframing system that offers concealed clip fixing for double-skin terracotta tiles. Designed specifically for fluted, double-skin terra-cotta tiles with horizontal ship-lap, to limit water penetration and provide a mechanical, clip-based solution for panel attachment.

Alpha Eci.22 System for Terracotta Rainscreen Tiles

Alpha Eci.22 System

Panel Subframing system that offers concealed clip fixing for double-skin terracotta tiles. Designed specifically for fluted, double-skin terra-cotta tiles with horizontal ship-lap, using our Alpha E edge to edge wall bracket. Large spans can be achieved due to a solid supporting beam recess.

Alpha Sunscreen System

Alpha Sunscreen System

Sunscreen Baguette / Louver Subframing System that incorporates a versatile threaded rod and vertical outrigger design specifically engineered for terracotta baguette and louver shapes of up to 5ft in length.