New University of Southern Indiana facility features unique 'clipped' thin stone solution to meet design and budget demands.
The University of Southern Indiana chose Arriscraft’s innovative ARRIS-clip (thin-clad) Rainscreen Stone as they envisioned a modern facility that acknowledged and honored the older stone buildings on campus and also set a new course for the school moving into the future. The challenge for the designers and the client was to find a premium stone cladding that met the unique design challenges of this building concept and also the budget and schedule requirements. The need was clearly for a versatile stone cladding that could still provide impressive aesthetic and performance benefits—a critical requirement for this iconic building.
According to Cannon Design: this pivotal project for the University of Southern Indiana expanded and renovated the Physical Activities Center (PAC) to create a new building that serves as a campus icon, enhances student and student-athlete recruitment and bolsters athletics and associated academics programs.
The building design employs light, geometry and texture to unite the surrounding campus areas and connect the building to key pedestrian paths. The project well positions USI for the future in numerous ways. The new 4,300-seat basketball arena is home to USI’s basketball and volleyball programs and can also host concerts, speakers and graduation ceremonies. Screaming Eagles Arena is part of a pivotal multi-phase expansion and renovation of USI’s Physical Activities Center.
Designers selected premium Arriscraft ARRIS-clip thin-clad stone. This exterior cladding system meets the rigorous demands of a modern, high-performance and marquis structure. The USI design required the stone to be lightweight due to the large ribbon windows and ARRIS-clip being 1/3 the weight of normal 4” masonry veneer made the most sense, especially in light of the design.
The ARRIS-clip units were installed on an aluminum rail system. The installation used discrete girts and vertical mullions behind the stone to achieve Energy Code compliance. Budget was a concern and so the designers chose to soldier course the stone units (stand them up vertically), thereby separating the channels - reducing the cost of the channel materials and also the labor to install the system.
Cannon Design used ARRIS-clip in a contemporary and innovative way and won the 2019 AIA Merit Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects in St. Louis for their design. This project is an outstanding example of a visionary architectural firm who had a design idea and worked with Arriscraft to make it happen. USI will be adding onto this project in 2020, using more are adding ARRIS-clip thin-clad stone.