With the System5 approach and focus on Principle 4 Engineered Subframing, designers now have the ability to interchange multiple cladding materials on the same elevation seamlessly with the same substructure components and bracket assembly. Design materials such as fiber cement, HPL, terracotta, porcelain stone and natural stone can now be integrated in a drained and back-ventilated rainscreen wall assembly with one uniform attachment approach.
To illustrate this fact, we thought it would be fitting to look back at a project where this was certainly the case. Installed in 2009, the fieldhouse complex at Miramar College in San Diego is a prime example of how multiple products and systems can be easily incorporated when a focus on an engineered attachment system part of the design philosophy of the project. Early on, Miramar College engaged the San Diego-based design firm of Carrier Johnson with the following task – design a high-performance, state-of-the-art, ‘green’ fieldhouse facility for the second phase of the Hourglass Athletics Complex. With the goal of sustainable design in mind, the design team led with a drained and back ventilated rainscreen design and worked with Cladding Corp for the fiber concrete panels and fully-engineered substructure.