Stone Panels’ offers a dynamic solution for building renovations
A Coppell, Texas, firm recently transformed a vacant warehouse in Toronto into a modern, attractive banking center with a process that is quickly becoming a major resource in commercial renovations.
Stone Panels Inc. of Coppell overclad deteriorating split face masonry with StoneLite® Gascogne Beige Limestone. StoneLite® is lightweight reinforced natural stone that has been manufactured in Texas since 1983.
“The renovation of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto turned a vacant warehouse into a vibrant banking center – a complete update without additional steel structure and no demolition or haul-off,” said Tim Friedel, spokesperson for Stone Panels.
“StoneLite® panels look great, were easy to install, extremely durable and met the project’s tight installation timeline and budget constraints,” said Friedel. “StoneLite® overcladding is ideal for vacant or underutilized buildings with unattractive facades where deterioration, structural problems and water penetration are issues. In most cases, the façade can easily be transformed while the building is still occupied.”
Friedel says the panels’ resistance to exterior explosions, high wind and seismic disturbances are catching the attention of commercial architects and construction firms around the world. Additionally the panels’ stone materials contribute to LEED/green qualifications.
StoneLite® Panels come in thousands of stone choices including granite, marble, limestone, slate and sandstone and in a wide variety of colors, textures and size options. Lightweight panels can be incorporated into an elegant stone finish for extraordinary architectural details, including cornices, balconies, cantilever structures, large free-span ceilings, soffits and curved structures. They also are suitable for overcladding pre-existing surfaces including dimensional stone, precast concrete, masonry, porcelain tile, metal panels and EIFS.
“StoneLite® Panels weigh 80 percent less than solid 3 cm dimensional stone, making it easier and faster to install or increase useable space by adding additional floors to an existing structure with no need for heavy lifting equipment,” Friedel said. “They’re dimensionally precise, resulting in fewer field cuts and improved installation time.”
StoneLite® panels exhibit superior strength with proven capacity to resist seismic racking shear and lateral displacement, large missile impact, hurricane-wind loading and blast loads. “These durable panels withstand 60 times more impact loading than 3 cm granite and have exceeded rigid fire and air-water infiltration testing,” said Friedel.
StoneLite® panels are accepted by the International Code Council (ICC) – the building authority who write the modern code for building construction. The ICC also monitors the rigid manufacturing quality control program at the Stone Panels factory.
Since 1983 Stone Panels Inc. has completed thousands of successful installations to become the world leader in the commercial building industry. For more information visit StonePanels.com. To view the Stone Panels, Inc. blast test, visit our website.