2022 EIFS Hero Awards
The EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA) held its "EIFS Hero Project Awards" ceremony on April 26, 2023 during the EIMA Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, CA. EIMA congratulates all of 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 2022 Hero Awards:
2022 Hero of the Year Awards
Clovis Community Medical Center (Phase C)
The original tower design of this project consisted of thousands of square feet of aluminum metal panels. The owner wanted to reduce cost on the new phase, while achieving the same look, so EIFS with a metaillic finish was used, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars and months of installation time. A total of 15,000 square feet of metallic finish was used, complimented by 100,000 square feet of EIFS with a coarse finish on the rest of the project. Architecturally, the project checks all the boxes: high design, volume, depth…a very successful and impressive use of EIFS!
Buckhead (Atlanta), GA
This project is a unique, 18-story, stair-step design for Independent and Assisted Living overlooking the city of Atlanta. Featuring over 110,000 square feet of drainable EIFS with a two-pass finish and limestone rendering to create an elegant smooth finish, the design is complemented with EIFS metallic finishes and metallic coating. The project is very smartly done and has a variety of good scale elements. EIFS is the material that makes it all happen!
2022 Awards of Merit
The design team for this project selected EIFS for its seamless integration of continuous heat, air, and moisture, as well as its aesthetic versatility. To reduce cost, the brick section of the building was designed with traditional brick on the ground floor and EIFS from floors 3 through 10, which cost 60-70% less than traditional brick, and was installed in about half the time. The project uses EIFS very strategically, really showcasing the strength of EIFS. From a design standpoint, EIFS worked sympathetically with all the glass, and detailing-wise, achieved a great amount.
Garden Brook Senior Living
Garden Grove, CA
This project is an adaptive re-use, below-market, senior living project that transformed an unsightly steel frame (known to locals as the “Rusty Skeleton”) into a fresh new gateway for the city. A thoroughly thought out project with interesting features such as the juxtapositions, the non-planer treatment of the exterior wall, and the use of color and textue of the finishes. From an economic standpoint, EIFS is the reason this project came to fruition, instead of remaining an eyesore in the community.
The design team for this mid-town Atlanta project wanted a cost-effective way to achieve an energy-efficient, mixed-cladding façade. An insulated masonry veneer system was the solution to achieve the thin brick veneer with the added benefits of continuous insulation and an air and water-resistive barrier. The design fits perfectly with the surrounding neighborhood and is an excellent use of EIFS. The EIFS finishes give the building character and some playfulness, and the various textures are successful in showing off what EIFS can do.
Long Island Veterinary Specialists
Long Island Veterinary Specialists underwent a complete transformation which included a 10,000 square foot EIFS system. An EIFS finish with a natural aggregate appearance avaible in different shades was chosen. The high, dark angled walls contrasted well with the light gray walls along the rest of the building. The use of EIFS not only provided additional R-value, but allowed the design concept to be achieved from an aesthetic and economic standpoint. This is a fabulous renovation and a very successful use of an EIFS specialty finish. Nothing about the finished project looks like a reused building.
UC Health Longs Peak Medical Center
This four-floor medical center was installed during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic and consists of over 100,000 square feet of prefabricated panels. Hesitant at first to use fully insulated panels with finish because of how new they were to the market, the project team reconsidered given the supply and manpower challenges the pandemic presented. The completed project sits 20 feet away from a building with traditional field brick and stone veneer, and it is nearly impossible to identify the difference. With the combined look of stacked stone, wood and brick, one would think the budget for this project is much higher than it actually is…it’s like an illusion.
Armstrong Ceilings and Tile Headquarters
The design goal of this project was to achieve the classic looks of stone, limestone, granite, and brick, while continuously insulating the building. Complexity and cost were concerns to the owner due to the many transitions and material types. An insulated masonry veneer system was the solution due to its ability to adhere stone and brick, while maintaining an uninterrupted EIFS system with simplified transitions. Using specialty EIFS finishes for the limestone and granite, thin brick, and manufactured stone allowed for a reduction in the framing required, and lessened the projects carbon footprint. If a building owner wants to see how EIFS can be used, this is the project to show them!
2022 Honorable Mentions
Residence Inn by Marriott
Pigeon Forge, TN
Electronic Arts Sports
The Orion Ampitheater
IDEA Public Schools
El Paso, TX
Senior Action East North Plaza
Amalfi Tower Residence
Hopewell Junction, NY