The East Coast Building is a mixed use structure located on the Miami River in Miami, FL.
On the banks of the Miami River, the East Coast Building demonstrates how design and context can work together beautifully. The structure, a climate controlled storage facility and restaurant, blend architectural beauty with active and mixed uses. A requirement of the owner was to provide a design which embraces its urban setting in a responsible fashion. The concept for the building was to create a dynamic aesthetic incorporating complex intersecting colored geometries which respond to the movement of the adjacent highway and river. The challenge for the designer was to achieve the look he wanted, while meeting the needs and budget of the project. With stucco being a popular cladding in South Florida, it was initially considered. But after the design team reviewed the cost and complexity associated with the extensive set of reveals required for the project, they realized that stucco was not a practical solution. In addition to the escalating costs, there were concerns about the installation of numerous intersecting plastic reveals and how they could possibly provide points of intrusion for water. Obviously this was a major concern.
“The most effective way to create the intended appearance was to incorporate an Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS),” explains John Thomas of BASF Wall Systems. The solution was to produce the complicated intersection geometries with “V” channeled grooves in the Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) of the EIFS. After the water-resistive barrier and EPS were installed over the CMU, lines were snapped up to nine stories high which replicated the geometry conceived by the designer. Then a hot knife was used to simply remove the foam and create the architectural reveals. Finally, base coat, mesh, and Senergy Finish were applied to provide the result which met the designer’s vision…and as a BONUS (with the inherent nature of EIFS being a continuous exterior insulation), it is energy efficient too.
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