One of the most commonly used technique with installing manufactured stone panel pieces is kerf slot with bent strap anchors which can be split to connect with other panels pieces or single-direction if it is an end piece.
The Mesa Precast team collaborates closely with designers in the drawings phase to confirm all engineering support for installation right in the early stage of a project. This simplifies the installation mitigating need for adjustments and delays in the construction process.
With all connection details pre-engineered, the architects and contractors are able to realize desired design aesthetic seamlessly.
SEE VIDEO CLIP ON INSTALLATION ENGINEERING DETAIL FOR KERF SLOT WITH SPLIT BENT STRAP ANCHORS:
GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) is only 3/4″ thick making it much easier to install, and also to seamlessly integrate with brick veneer.
See in this video, how large GFRC panels are installed for curved entry way elevation as well as non-loadbearing GFRC window headers with steel lintel above them.
With seamless connections between designed stone panels, manufactured stone can be effectively used for architectural stone cladding, veneers, wall coping, as well as architectural trim for exterior facades of buildings.
GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) products are hollow from inside with thickness of 3/4th of an inch. While they are much lighter in weight, unique fiber materials and manufacturing technology gives products strength. This higher strength to weight ratio makes GFRC ideally suited for a number of architectural applications.
GFRC products have pre-engineered, built in connections that simply the installation. Products are much easier to handle on the construction site. GFRC is able to achieve the exact same look and feel as architectural precast enabling possibilities to combine the products as well.
See in this video more about GFRC connections that simplify installation while achieving required design objectives for cladding of Delta Gamma Sorority House at the Southern Methodist University (SMU).
GFRC products are much more durable compared to Stucco or EIFS.
Watch video clips to see manufacturing steps for an Architectural GFRC product (also known as light weight concrete).
This video series explain custom design, engineering and manufacturing of GFRC cornices used for the new Girls Sorority building at the Southern Methodist University (SMU).
Step One: Creating Custom Molds
The GFRC cornices used for exterior of the building are large with unique shapes.
Mesa Precast team designed and manufactured custom molds while collaborating closely with project team at Advanced Architectural Stone (AAS) that was in charge of the customer requirements and design.
Step Two: Preparation and Application of the Facing Mix
Facing mix is without fibers. This allows for smooth surface of the cornice which was then acid etched for the required finish.
See application of the facing mix…
Careful brushing eliminates bubbles and makes it consistent …
Step Three: Spraying Back up Mix
Mesa Precast team developed specific composition of the spray mix that had the right admixture with fibers. These fibers lend strength to GFRC panels even though they are only 3/4th of an inch thick.
See back up mix being sprayed in this video …
See back up mix being rolled and compacted in this video …
Step Four: Attaching Steel Frame to the Cornice
Mesa Precast team pre-engineered installation frame that is attached to the GFRC cornice panels during the manufacturing. With this precise embedding of the frame right in to the GFRC material of the Cornice, installation of the cornice at the site became much simpler.
Last step in manufacturing is to thicken the edges, to make the product stronger and structurally more sound.
See in this video, the process of making a GFRC column. With specialized admixture sprayed and packed with the mold, GFRC column is hollow with ¾” thickness. The glass fibers in the spray mix still gives columns required strength.
Following video shows a GFRC column base being manufactured. The design of GFRC columns is modular creating flexibility to combine different column sizes with column base as well as column capitals.
With custom molds and unique manufacturing technology, Mesa Precast can design and manufacture custom columns of desired size and aesthetic appeal. Choose from the standard 18 colors of Mesa product lines, or talk to use to get the custom color and finish of your choice.
Following video shows GFRC columns at our facility ready to ship out…
Project Story: Gilbert Christian High School
See high design GFRC columns in this project. The columns, Corinthian capitals, window surrounds, wainscots, high elevation building arches, balustrade system in the front …etc all is designed in GFRC for this project.
The project used custom color and finish, and also unique molds that enabled architect’s vision for the shapes and design appeal.
Architectural GFRC columns, Corinthian capitals, window, entry way surrounds, balustrade systems – Mesa Precast Architectural Stone Products
Mesa Precast – GFRC Products for High End Architectural Design at Gilbert Christian High School
Mesa Precast Architectural GFRC – Support for Construction, onsite Installation