Overcoming dimensional stone veneer challenges

December 30, 2010
Publication: Stone World p 74
Author(s): Rabazzi, Annemarie L. Wissink, Katherine S.

Abstract: Design of dimensional stone veneer is a straightforward process when the stone sizes are similar, utilize the same material and are connected to an appropriately framed structural backup. However, if stone panels of different sizes and shapes are part of the architectural vision and the existing backup wall limits the location of anchors, the designer must be creative and meticulous in the cladding design.|In this article, we discuss a rather unique 1980s stone cladding design that presented a granite "mosaic" using stones of various size, color and shape. We also present the challenges and lessons learned during the troubleshooting (investigation) of the existing facade and the design of a new dimensional stone cladding sympathetic to the mosaic theme, while minimizing changes to the existing backup system.

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