Project: The Stella (14 LeCount)
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle
Fabricator: ES Windows
Product: Vitrabond FR – Aluminum Composite Material
Finishes: Ivory Concrete, Pewter Metallic & Anthrazit Grey
Quantity: 142,000 sf
The Stella in New Rochelle, NJ is a 27-story mixed-use high-rise development designed by Beyer Blinder Belle architects. Based in the heart of downtown NY, the aim of the development was to combine affordable residential housing with a large ground-floor commercial space.
The design intent for the exterior façade was to create a contemporary design that would incorporate a range of building materials. In addition, an intention for the exterior facade was to develop a finish on aluminum composite panels that could mimic the look of real concrete, in particular, Ivory Concrete. This would allow the project to have the look of a concrete facade but with the benefits that come from using metal cladding materials.
Fairview Architectural was brought in to assist with the project due to our expertise in creating unique finishes on aluminum composite cladding. The Fairview Architectural’s color laboratory in conjunction with the project teams at Beyer Blinder Belle and ES Windows.
The final finish chosen for The Stella not only looks like concrete it also has a textured look and feel that makes it almost impossible to tell the difference between real concrete panels and the imitation Ivory Concrete on aluminum composite panels.
Mark Knapp from ES Windows who installed the panels commented:
“We were brought on to this project to offer design assistance. The architects were looking for an aluminum alternative to an existing construction material. We couldn’t be happier with the result. Fairview really showed their expertise in creating this custom-matched finish and we wouldn’t hesitate to use them on similar projects in the future. They are the industry’s best-kept secret when it comes to finishes and color matching”.
Ivory Concrete is a coil-coated finish on 4mm Vitrabond® FR aluminum composite panels. This cladding material consists of two sheets of 0.02” aluminum sandwiching a fire-retardant core. The coil-coated finishes use a Kynar PVDF resin that makes it possible for the panels to be formed and rolled without any cracking or crazing.
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