2018 EIFS Hero Awards
The EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA) held its "EIFS Hero Awards" ceremony on March 20, 2019 during the EIMA Annual Meeting at The Woodlands Resort outside of Houston, Texas. EIMA would like to extend hearty congratulations to this year's EIFS Hero Project Award recipients. The EIMA Board of Directors extends a special thank you to all EIMA members that submitted projects for this worthwhile awards program that recognizes and honors outstanding projects in the EIFS industry.
2018 Hero of the Year
Located in High Point, North Carolina (the "furniture capital of the world"), this project displays collections of furniture, attracting entry-level to high-end consumers. Specially engineered scaffolding was created by Southern Wall Systems to accommodate the compound curving at the top of the 30 foot by 70 foot panels. The bold design clearly demonstrates the design flexibility that can be accomplished with EIFS, and the project is most deserving of the honor and recognition of the 2018 EIFS Hero of the Year Award.
2018 Hero Awards
This project was a 'makeover' of an existing building and utilized the EIFS panelization process. To achieve the appealing appearance of brick and granite, innovative finishes of the EIFS manufacturer were used.
The Village at Totem Lake Building BKirkland, WA
The developers of this project wanted it to be pleasing to the eye while accommodating the new vision for mixed-use. It needed to be a true centerpiece that would attract up and coming retailers and restaurants that younger generations are constantly looking for. EIFS was able to easily accommodate all the different architectural accents and features that the design team and owner envisioned. This project is a testament to the fact that there is nothing you cannot do with EIFS.
Kean University - Freshman Residence HallUnion, NJ
Manufacturer: Sto Corp.
This project is a hybrid EIFS project with 80 percent of it being accomplished with panelization and the remainder with the manufacturer's brick panel finish. The design and appearance of the project fit into the context of the surrounding buildings which are a part of this college's campus. This EIFS project is sure to stand the test of time.
Vision a chalet, built on the side of a mountain, that looks nothing like the typical chalet you would imagine. The homeowner of this custom home wanted a modern look with clean lines. The homeowner also wanted the exterior to have the appearance of wood without having wood's maintenance, and, also, the look of metal without the cost of metal panels. For this project, the designer recognized that EIFS was the perfect solution. What an architectural statement!
Liv.able ShowroomHigh Point, NC
(also winner of 2018 Hero of the Year Award)
Manufacturer: BASF Corporation - Wall Systems (Finestone)
Located in High Point, North Carolina (the "furniture capital of the world"), this project displays collections of furniture, attracting entry-level to high-end consumers. Specially engineered scaffolding was created by Southern Wall Systems to accommodate the compound curving at the top of the 30 foot by 70 foot panels. The bold design clearly demonstrates the design flexibility that can be accomplished with EIFS.
Awards of Merit
AC Hotel by Marriott Tampa WestshoreTampa, FL
Manufacturer: Master Wall, Inc.
This project's handsome design features crisp, clean white finishes and wood-appearance panels as an accent feature. EIFS, of course, was an easy choice for the white sand finishes, but the wood finish was a particular challenge due to the complex detailing and integration to include continuous insulation. The solution was a no-brainer, EIFS was the true hero hidden in plain sight.
Mystic Lake Casino & HotelPrior Lake, MN
Manufacturer: Dryvit Systems, Inc.
This project features the EIFS panelization process. Using this process allowed the construction team to install the panels to accommodate an innovative design while meeting an aggressive schedule. Also, use of the panels allowed the construction team to install windows right after a section was completed rather than waiting for the entire application to be finished. This EIFS project is a stand out because of its unique design, attractive finish, and rapid completion.
This project used EIFS, plus a fluid applied air and water barrier for maximum energy efficiency. Additionally, a very bright blue, which is the signature color of the project owner, was easliy achieved due to the versatility of color enhancement provided by the EIFS manufacturer. To top it off, the integration of the curtain wall with EIFS was masterful.
Hyatt HouseNew York, NY
Manufacturer: Sto Corp.
This project is a slender 32-story tower, with an abundance of smoky glass windows alternating with vertical strip that have the look and feel of traditional limestone. While the stone at the base of the building is manufactured limestone panels, the cladding on the upper floors of this 300 foot high building is EIFS. The specialty finish limestone saved the project owner's budget, without sacrificing their desire to achieve an authenitc look with curb appeal.
Keauhou LaneHonolulu, HI
Manufacturer: Dryvit Systems, Inc.
The architects for this project wanted the look of stone and metal in unique colors to mimic the salt beds endemic to the area. The cost, if natural and native materials were specified, was too great to facilitate the project. With EIFS, the project owner and architect were able to build it as they envisioned with a timeless, indigenous design.
What makes this project so special is the complexity and uniqueness of the EIFS aesthetic grooves. The multiple compound radius curves are what make this project absolutely stand out. The aesthetically eye-pleasing curves were laid out using math calculations, string and marker, then cut freehand into the foam insulation. The eye-catching, vibrant colors are another easily attainable design solution using EIFS.