We offer The Gridworx Curtain Wall System.
Gridworx is a ventilated, back drop rainscreen cladding system. It is a comprehensive system unlike none other. Gridworx consists of our patented contemporarily designed aluminum channels, choices of hundreds of natural stone and man made cladding materials, in-house architectural support, independent third party engineering and state of the art sales support. More than just a rainscreen, we start with a concept and finish with the project.
Hundreds of pre-engineered typical design details are available for downloading from our web page under the “Architect” tab at www.gridworxwalls.com. Begin with selecting the “joint size” button for the path to an array of Gridworx specific details. These may be downloaded in PDF or DWG format. Our in-house architectural staff is available for consultation or to assist in the creation of project specific design details. No other stone cladding system is as user friendly as Gridworx.
Gridworx is an engineered cladding system. Our projects are reviewed by an independent Professional Engineer engineering firm. They examine the project plans and specifications as well as the ASTM test results for the stone. They perform calculations for wind load, dead load, pullout and shear strength of the fasteners, a seismic review and other engineering procedures. Their project specific Letter of Compliance culminates with the opinion the cladding system as designed conforms to the IBC in effect for the project location as well as local building codes. This letter is project specific, signed and stamped by a registered PE in the project State. I have attached an example of a project LOC for review. This document shifts the liability for the cladding system away from the architect to the engineer. Please take the time to examine the detail provided with this document. No other cladding system provides this level of engineering.
In response to concerns of the corrosive effects and strength of our structural aluminum channels we engaged SGH Engineering to perform a review of our system. SGH is the largest engineering firm in the country. Initially they subjected our channels to 1,000 hours of salt fog testing. This is referred to as “Advanced Aging Testing.” They then performed tensile strength testing on these channels to evaluate their strength. SGH was amazed with the lack of corrosion with the system. They further revealed the aluminum to be stronger than stainless steel. I have attached the SGH report as written as well as a highlighted copy for your review. John Thompson of SGH is available to respond to your questions regarding this report. No other cladding system offers this depth of system research delivering user confidence.
What this report does not address is the fact that typically stainless steel is used with “split tail” installation clips. The point supported disconnects of this type of installation create point load stress. With the Gridworx continuous channel the stone is totally supported, thereby eliminating all concern of point loading. This is of particular importance with stone panels of a short vertical (< 12”) and a length of more than Vertical x 2 = 24”. The greater this differential, the greater the potential for point loading. Almost all other cladding systems impose some type of stress on the stone. Gridworx imposes none.
Precision Wall Systems possesses the manufacturing and distribution rights for the Gridworx mechanical stone hanging system. We not only deliver the Gridworx channels, we also deliver installation components, stone, engineering, shop drawings and cutting tickets in a bundled package. We are aware of the potential for system breakdowns that might occur as a result of using inappropriate components. It is for this reason we deliver a complete package. Our installation components include the appropriate fasteners for attaching the Gridworx channels to the substrate. We are aware of the issues of galvanic corrosion, Hydrogen embrittlement and HASCC. Our fasteners are special use, high quality fasteners designed for our purposes. I have attached a research article Making the Right Connections referencing these issues. No other cladding system provides this complete of a package.
Gridworx is a two part hanging system. It is the only system in the market that provides for the non-sequential installation of stone. Please use the following hyperlink to access an installation demonstration available on our web page:
Because of this feature, broken or discolored panels are easily removed and replaced with Gridworx.
Another 15 minute video will completely explain the installation procedure. Also take a look at the Demo video.
Gridworx offers a free installation DVD for installers. We provide many installation aids. We also are available for on-site training if necessary. No other stone cladding system works this closely with installers.
Finally, Gridworx has developed strategic alliances with cladding material manufacturers as well as with domestic stone quarries throughout the United States and around the world. These relationships give Gridworx the ability to deliver a variety of different wall cladding materials. As a result Gridworx offers natural stones including granites, limestones, sandstones, travertines and other stone products cut to fit with the Gridworx system. Gridworx is also available for Arriscraft Renaissance units, glazed tiles, UCS and UHPC products. No other stone cladding system delivers the complete cladding envelope.
And oh yes, Gridworx is GREEN. Our LEED letter is attached.
Over the last twelve years Gridworx has provided over four million feet of product covering hundreds of projects. We are represented by a network of dealers throughout the United States and Canada. Our projects range from hospitals and universities to office buildings and shopping centers. I have attached a rendering of the Mirabella Living Center in Portland. Gridworx was used to secure the stone from the ground all the way to the top of this thirty-one story building.
Contemporary construction techniques and current modern day materials make the Gridworx system the best stone installation method in the world.
How to best deliver the Gridworx system message to Architects and Installers.
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Presentation of the Gridworx system with desktop display. With this sales tool the Representative can demonstrate Gridworx components for the standard installation, ASHRAE installation, GridPlanx, Ultra System and others. This is an excellent opportunity to point out the special use and high quality components of the system.
Gridworx provides stone samples for review at no charge. We have an interactive web page in the Sales Rep site where you can save and send project specific stone collections to prospective customers.
We also have sample boxes for architects. Our Gridworx Sample box contains components of many different Gridworx cladding systems. Each sample is a small section of actual material provided so that you may feel the quality of construction and intrinsic strength the GRIDWORX system can afford to your project.
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