2019 EIFS Hero Awards
The EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA) held its "EIFS Hero Project Awards" ceremony on March 3, 2020 during the EIMA Annual Meeting at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Florida. 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.
Photos and project details of the award-winners are shown below. Additional information available on the 2019 Hero Awards:
2019 Hero of the Year
Ronald McDonald House of ConnecticutNew Haven, Connecticut
The Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut is a temporary "home away from home" for families of children who are being treated at nearby hospitals and healthcare facilities. The design-build team of this project wanted to break through barriers of traditional EIFS and create a state-of-the-art building. By using the design flexibility of EIFS in a variety of ways, this project has a fun and whimsical-like façade and its unique appearance is both uplifting and pleasing to the eye, important in keeping the spirits high of the visiting families.
Runner-Up - Hero of the Year
Originally built in 1965 using concrete panels over clad with baseball size granite stones imbedded in cement, this project was in trouble. The stones were coming loose and falling off the façade, putting pedestrians below at risk. The Owner's choice was to over clad the building with metal panels, which proved to be too expensive. Instead using EIFS and a light gauge steel grid system, was the perfect solution. The renovation, a framing masterpiece, was completed without interruption of the occupied building. The use of colors makes the improved project stand out, and its new appearance is both bold and handsome. It was the most dramatic transformation ever completed in its firm’s history, according to the EIFS applicator.
2019 Hero Awards
This project involved a retrofit of an 8-building complex originally faced with brick. In order to provide energy-efficiency, the owner decided to use EIFS. The new exterior now gives the complex a fun and fresh new look with a variety of colors. This project touts a contemporary, fashion-forward appearance, with eye-catching colors.
Station Park Phase 2Farmington (Salt Lake City), Utah
Manufacturer: Master Wall, Inc.
Station Park is a multi-use development offering over 100 retail and specialty shopping destinations with more than 20 restaurants and eateries, as well as commercial space. Phase II was highlighted by the construction of the Hyatt Place hotel and additional retail space. The project is a custom design featuring high-end architectural finishes and accents to create an upscale aesthetic. The EIFS finishes achieved an old-world plaster finish without the complexities of traditional plaster mixes and applications. The design flexibility offered by EIFS gave the owner an energy-efficient, beautiful building in a high-profile, growing area.
EIFS was an ideal choice for this residential project due to its adaptability to Passive House construction: providing an all-in-one approach to the building envelope, and single point responsibility for all air sealing, insulation and exterior finishes. The owner's desired massive look of the exterior walls, with crisp, deep recesses at windows was easily achieved with EIFS. Additionally, the design flexibility of EIFS, including color and texture choices, and the ability to create the deep horizontal bands and sharp, clean panel divisions, was advantageous. From a building code standpoint, EIFS was the cleanest approach, and from a cost perspective, choosing EIFS was a no-brainer. This unique and contemporary home demonstrates the power of designing with EIFS.
Awards of Merit
Cresent ShoresNorth Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Manufacturer: BASF - Senergy
Crescent Shores Resort is comprised of two oceanfront, 18-story buildings in North Myrtle Beach, SC. The original deteriorating stucco clad buildings were in need of repair, and a complete over-clad using EIFS was the answer. Not only was there a significant cost-savings in re-cladding the structures with EIFS, but in addition, using EIFS provided increased energy-efficiency for condo owners, as well as a fresh, new look with a bold style.
The bold vision of the owner/developer of this project made Nashville's oldest suburb new again. Now home to millennials and no longer an industrial haven, Germantown's emerging multi-family, mixed use heritage has been taken to a new level thanks to the rich architectural tapestry of the LC Germantown project. The EIFS manufacturer's unique ability to facilitate podium construction and provide needed design flexibility played an integral role in the success of the four building, 411 unit, 425,000 square foot mixed use multi-family development. The end result was an "industrial chic" project with great amenities and a complex, textured exterior to distinguish it in the marketplace. And by using EIFS, the owner got the desired exterior appearance and saved $4 million on the project cost.
Magic Village - Phase 2Orlando, Florida
Manufacturer: Master Wall, Inc.
Magic Village Phase II is an upscale multi-family project located outside of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The owner chose an EIFS façade for its luxurious appearance and also for its durability and ability to handle moisture issues in Florida's humid climate. The project's single-source EIF system includes a fluid-applied air and moisture barrier, drainage, continuous insulation, reinforcement, and a durable, fade-resistant finish.
Mary Our Queen Catholic Church is an expansive and impressive testament to the marriage of old and new. The owner wanted to create the elegant look and feel reminiscent of other iconic, world-renowned structures of its type. EIFS became the ideal choice with its ability to provide a system with a limestone appearance. The high-performance system features continuous insulation and continuous air and water resistive barrier, while the finish is highly durable and weather-resistant, helping the church achieve the desired exterior aesthetic as well as reduced energy and maintenance costs.
River Park Apartments IIILouisville, Kentucky
Manufacturer: Dryvit Systems, Inc.
River Park Apartments is a multi-family development with 100+ units that utilizes some of the newest and most efficient materials in the EIFS industry, while preserving the appearance of traditional masonry elements. Handsome in its own right, the project also utilized finishes with mica chips and multi-colored quartz, imitating the look and feel of real granite. At 1/35th the weight of real granite, the EIFS finish provided signiﬁcant savings in the total construction cost, including materials shipping.