In creating a new 17,100-square-foot field house connected to the existing building, Boylan High School administrators wanted to produce a unified appearance that could be constructed quickly and economically.
Designers specified load-bearing insulated precast concrete panels with a formliner that stamped a brick pattern onto the panels’ face. Multiple stains were used to replicate the adjacent building’s appearance.
“The load-bearing panels eliminated the need for other structural steel and removed column obstructions,” explains Joseph Winklemann, architect and principal at Larson & Darby Group, the architects on the project. “The formliner design saved significant expense in the overall project budget.” The design was used on the public-facing sides of the building, while buff-colored panels were used on the others.
Only a few mockup panels were needed to find the final combination. “People are astounded to learn the panels aren’t brick,” says Kevin Gugliuzza, project manager for Scandroli Construction.