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Winning Project: Plastic-Stereotomy – image via Tex-Fab.net
The facade of the new expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is made of a new glass-fiber composite called Fireshield 285, which passes the stringetn NFPA 285 flame spread test, thus making it fire-code compliant for high rise facades. the 700 panels – each unique in hsape – weigh in at about 5 psf. The original design, in GFRC, would have weighed a minimum of 24 psf Switchin gto GFRP also eliminated about 1 million lbs. of steel framing to support the heavy concrete. This ornate portal was originally made of carved plaster, but it was badly damaged and deteriorated. The original was 3-D scanned and restored in the computer model. Then a mold was made from the computer model, and the portal was cast as a single piece of GFRP. (Photo courtesy of Kreysler & Associates)
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