Bronx, NY | Institutional
Architects saw two great challenges when they set about designing Grand Concourse Academy Charter School: it needed to stand out amidst the sea of red brick that pervades the Bronx neighborhood and stand up to the elements – wind, rain, snow and, of course, kids being kids. The solution to both challenges was EIFS.
The stand-out design, which incorporated vertical bands of contrasting colors, was inspired by a box of crayons - EIFS finishes in distinct colors were rolled on each distinct custom panel to create the desired look. To address the elements, fiberglass reinforcing mesh was added between the base coat and the smooth finish to provide extra impact resistance. It’s a popular option in hurricane and tornado prone areas or in situations that will encounter similar destructive forces, such as kids having fun. The result is a school children are excited to attend.
Manufacturer: Sto Corp
Contractor: McGowan Builders
Distributor: Sto of New Jersey
Architect: Lubrano Ciavara Architects