Myth: Prefabricated products featuring precast can only achieve a gray, industrial appearance – Today’s precast architectural panels come in a variety of colors and finishes, as well as incorporate materials such as cast-in thin brick, stone or terracotta. One of the newer offerings – a simulated metal panel finish – is generating a lot of buzz in the design community. The precast is treated and finished in a way to give the appearance of a metal panel, while being more cost effective and more durable.
Additionally, the prefabricated designs of today aren’t confined to a single color or finish with a flat facade. A mix and match of different colors, materials and panel skin articulations can create a unique design, with both efficiencies and affordability. Also, the panels have the ability to achieve 3D shapes and forms to support virtually any design intent.
Myth: Spray foam insulation applied in the field is just as effective as in a climate-controlled prefab plant – Many manufacturers recommend temperatures of 40 degrees or higher for ideal spray foam product applications, and in many geographies that’s just not possible during the winter months. Fortunately, it’s always sunny and 75 degrees in a prefabrication manufacturing facility. Having the panels insulated before they arrive at the site also minimizes jobsite labor, additional trade partners, construction schedule and risk at the site, ultimately enhancing safety.
Myth: Infinite Facade requires an electrical furring wall to be built on site – Infinite Facade comes with a “drywall-ready” frame with no need for additional site-built furring walls.
Myth: Installing windows at a prefabricator’s facility could cause the windows to be broken during transit to the site – Actually, pre-installed windows are better protected during shipment as they are properly attached to the substrate versus sitting on a pallet.
Myth: Lighter weight wall panels don’t impact deliveries or crane sizing – In reality, up to eight Infinite Facade panels can fit onto one truck (as compared to only one or two for traditional precast), reducing impacts to the site and enabling the prefabricator to transport greater distances. The panels enclose the building at lightning speed, while the lighter weights enable the use of a smaller tower crane, resulting in cost savings throughout the project.
Myth: Infinite Facade can’t be used in conjunction with other materials – Infinite Facade was developed to be used with a variety of superstructures from Cast-in-Place to Steel to Precast. It also “plays nice in the sandbox” with other façade systems, whether that be curtainwall, window wall or a host of others. The Infinite Facade preconstruction teams help design partners work through the project coordination and detailing.
Myth: A complete set of contract documents are required to begin discussions on price and schedule – With only some basic information, we can generate a price, schedule and a proposed panel configuration without even looking at a drawing.
Ultimately, a lightweight prefabricated system such as Infinite Facade can be a true game-changer for design and construction professionals. Regardless of project type, parameters or budget, it’s never too early to ask a prefabricator to help you achieve your design intent.
What is Infinite Facade?
One of the latest advancements in prefabrication is integrated scope cladding solutions, like Infinite Facade™; a single-source prefabricated building envelope system, that streamlines facade design and construction. The system blends the extensive architectural capabilities of a thin, lightweight precast exterior with a steel frame, insulation, and pre-installed glazing, arriving on-site as a complete unit, immediately enclosing the building, and significantly expediting project schedules.
Who manufactures Infinite Facade?
Facades Consortium Group LLC is a partnership between Wells and Clark Pacific to facilitate and accelerate the R&D efforts surrounding Infinite Facade. Both companies are aligned in the vision to evolve lightweight panel systems to create a resilient, durable, and sustainable built environment. We are committed to designing, manufacturing, and installing a quality product no matter where the project is located. Infinite Facade is engineered to be flexible to meet regional building and design requirements.
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