Gridworx Provides Exterior Stone Cladding for Razorback Stadium
Gridworx was honored to work closely with Populous Architecture and Design and Walker Masonry on the Donald W Reynold Razorback Stadium North end zone renovation and expansion project to provide exterior stone cladding.
Populous Architecture and Design reached out to Gridworx to provide exterior stone cladding rainscreen design assistance. Additionally, Gridworx provided a fully engineered delegated design package. Project goals required a contemporary rainscreen system that allowed for the easy removal and replacement of stone cladding that in the event a panel is damaged or rejected. Plus, to add a subframe system that could achieve the thermal transfer requirements that were designated for the project. With these criteria in mind, the Gridworx team recommended our patented 2-part rotational kerf system to be installed on our high performance, discrete connection back up system.
The north addition included a number of elements that will enhance the game day experience for razorback fans. The existing east and west concourses will now connect to allow the flow of fans around the stadium, as well as provide new concessions and restrooms. Premium suites and additional seating were also added. Additional and expanded entrances will improve patron flow. Players were treated to a new state of the art game-day locker room, training room, and pre/post game support rooms.
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The Gridworx architectural team quickly went to work providing the design team with location specific connection details that could be easily integrated into the architectural drawings.
The design team also turned to Gridworx for natural stone selection and procurement. Gridworx provided a number of samples from industry leading quarries across the United States with experience cutting stone for the Gridworx system. The Architectural team selected Gridworx Lueders Buff Limestone which complemented their vision for a façade with both modern features with a traditional, timeless aesthetic. The Gridworx architectural team completed a thorough internal natural stone analysis where the strength of the stone cladding was reviewed with site specific wind pressure. This allowed the design team to proceed confidently in the early stages knowing that the stone cladding as detailed in their basis of design would perform for the life of the building and meet engineering criteria.
Gridworx worked closely with the architectural and construction team as we developed shop drawings for coordination and installation. Critical features such as the coursing layout, overhead soffit stone and live load deflection were carefully reviewed, discussed and integrated into our drawings.
Austin, Texas based Architectural Wall System provided a complete signed and stamped calculation package for the exterior stone cladding rainscreen scope, in addition to reviewing and stamping the Gridworx shop drawings.
The Gridworx installation team provided on-site training for the Walker Masonry team, in addition to quick solutions to questions as they came in from the field. The end result is a beautiful project that a leading division 1 football program and it’s loyal fanbase can be proud of. Click here to see the project in our portfolio.