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.
Boylan High School, Rockford, Ill.
Mid-States Concrete Industries, South Beloit, Ill.
Larson & Darby Group, Rockford, Ill.
Scandroli Construction, Rockford, Ill.
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