Formliner in Architecture Is Ever Growing

Concrete Formliners are used in nearly every architectural or government structural construction project such as freeways, highways and everything inbetween.

As seen in PRWeb, awards are being given out for architectural comparisons on some interesting projects:

The Study at University City is located at the intersection of two world-class universities in the heart of Philadelphia. It features full-service lodging as well as study accommodations, meeting venues, a fitness center and restaurant/lounge.

“The owner of the project envisioned a high-quality, robust structure that reflected the traditions of the buildings in Philadelphia,” says Jeff Goldstein, principal at DIGSAU, the Philadelphia-based architecture firm.

The challenge for this project was to erect this sophisticated piece of architecture on a tight jobsite, in a busy urban environment, and on a short schedule.

Initially, brick emerged as the most appropriate material to convey the owner’s design aesthetic. However, a fully brick structure would have been time- and cost-intensive to construct.

concrete bridge utilizing smooth formliner molding

Instead, the designers went with precast concrete, designing panels faced with thin brick to provide the look and feel of brick in a more cost-effective, time-sensitive package.

“Choosing precast satisfied the design and performance requirements of the project and minimized expensive field labor working on the tight urban site,” Goldstein says.

The precast concrete panels are also a lighter envelope solution than traditional brick masonry, which was important for managing the vertical and lateral loads imposed on a cast-in-place concrete structural frame.

The hotel’s final design features a façade composed of solid precast concrete panels containing ironspot thin brick in a three-dimensional garden-wall bond pattern. This is a popular architectural theme in many of Philadelphia’s historic buildings.

Universal Concrete Products used bricks of multiple thicknesses, which required custom formliners to produce a highly textured and stealthily repetitive design.

“The ability to generate a unique, three-dimensional brick bond allowed the precast wall assembly to take on a crafted, hand-made quality that greatly contributes to the building’s presence and character,” Goldstein says.

The panels were stacked in an offset pattern at corners, and custom brick shapes were used to wrap the exposed jambs and soffits of the panels. Metal trim was incorporated along select vertical joints to obscure the stacked arrangement of the panels. High-density mineral wool insulation with foil facing was incorporated into the panels to provide a continuous thermal barrier behind the panels and across joints.

In the article above, custom formliners were used to create a unique design within different types of brick structures.

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