Robert AM Stern Architects of New York in partnership with Alley Poyner Machietto Architects of Omaha, NE collaborated on the 240,000 square feet College of Business for the University of Nebraska. The exterior is comprised of glass and precast concrete wall panels clad with natural limestone provided by US Stone Industries. The 70,000 square feet of Silverdale limestone with a honed finish created a visually appealing facade.
The 3’x5’ stone pieces are attached to the precast at the precast facility with stainless steel anchor pins and shipped to the site in large panels. This panelization of the stone in the plant minimizes the time and labor required to install the stone piece by piece at the jobsite. Another advantage to the stone clad panels is it reduces the loading on the steel framed structure as the precast concrete panels are self-supporting and simply tied back to the steel structure. This allows for unique shaped panels to be designed and fabricated without additional framing.