In 2013, SGH installed Genwall and Dri-Design systems on the Workiva building at the ISU Research Park in Ames, Iowa. SGH was able to get the building enclosed through the innovative technology of Genwall, which kept indoor temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit while a snow storm blew into the area.
SGH worked with general contractor Story Construction Company and architecture firm FEH on the Workiva project.
According to Bill Bowman of Story Construction, "My superintendent and I were both really impressed with the amount of square footage that could go up in a day's time. You might be looking at a few dollars difference per square foot of unit installed cost between the two known assemblies – Genwall and traditional – but there are hidden savings all across the board with the quick, effective way the system gets put in place and closes your building in rapidly.”
"Comparing it to traditional, I felt like we eliminated numerous joints, seams and exterior gypsum board taping issues, as well as another phase of subcontractors to run that work. This was a 'one-and-done' approach. You line up your Genwall people, you get your building set up to receive the material and then get out of the way," said Bowman.
Architect John Karrmann, FEH Design, added, "We don't have multiple components to deal with. You get the high insulation values...continuous vapor barrier…air barrier...large-size panels with long lengths of panels...and nice widths. Genwall is also really accommodating. It's well thought out, in terms of what veneer system is going to go over the panel.”