A variety of plaster systems with a wide selection of finish options meet a myriad of abuse-resistance requirements with the appropriate combination of surface strength, penetration resistance and cost control. Two different systems were chosen for projects on college campuses where heavy traffic and abuse resistance were factors.
Top priority for the John PappaJohn Business Administration Building
at University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa was a system that would look
good for years with minimal maintenance. A two-coat Imperial veneer
system was chosen for superior surface hardness and compressive
strength (3,000 psi). Imperial veneer plaster products were also used
in detail work on cornices, soffits and projections that created a
sense of visual continuity with other architectural designs
The veneer system used for the Hillenbrand Residence Hall at Purdue
University in West Lafayette, Indiana needed to be rugged enough for
living accommodations. USG Structo-Base® Gypsum Plaster was chosen for
scratch and brown coats over metal lath on steel studs. Then, USG Red
Top® Brand Keenes Cement combined with lime and sand was used for the
finish coat, providing optimal hardness and workability.
Both systems delivered the durability as well as cost and low maintenance requirements to ensure successful projects that will be enjoyed by students for years to come.
Kevin Monson, Neumann Monson P.C. Architect (John Pappajohn project)
Lanny Wilson Associate director for Purdue residence halls
187,000 square-foot (John Pappajohn)
105,000 square-foot (Hillenbrand Hall)
strong and efficient walls to stand up to daily university life