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Glistening, Brushed ALUCOBOND® PLUS Cladding Exemplifies Historic Neighborhood’s Future As Growing Work, Live, Play Destination

The unique façade design of The Stack Deep Ellum – a new 16-story 215,000 square-foot mixed-use office, retail and parking development – reflects the dynamic nature of this historic Dallas neighborhood, which transitions from daytime office, art gallery and café spaces to nighttime entertainment, happy-hour and evening-only dining venues


Highlights

Constructed in two stacked “pods,” The Stack’s façade changes from street-level traditional brick masonry and matching pre-cast brick veneer chosen to reflect the neighborhood’s historic architecture to the upper-level modern, dynamically shifting look of glistening ALUCOBOND® PLUS

The Stack design team spent approximately 18 months reviewing materials before final selections were made, according to David Freisner, construction manager, Hines, who said weathered steel cladding originally was reviewed for the upper massing to fit the overall design aesthetic of Deep Ellum but was dismissed due to panel weight and cost challenges.

Installation of the ALUCOBOND PLUS on The Stack in The Stack paid homage to the neighborhood’s thriving visual arts scene by commissioning American street artist Tristan Eaton in collaboration with Goldman Global Arts to create a massive “Modern Cowgirl” mural

Details

Project: The Stack

Location: Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas

ALUCOBOND PLUS: Custom Brushed Manhattan

Architect: 5G Studio Collaborative

Fabrication and Installation: Baker Triangle Prefab, KSC, Inc.

Photos: © 3A Composites USA


The Project

Constructed in two stacked “pods,” The Stack’s façade changes from street-level traditional brick masonry and matching pre-cast brick veneer chosen to reflect the neighborhood’s historic architecture to the upper-level modern, dynamically shifting look of glistening ALUCOBOND® PLUS aluminum composite material (ACM) in the sophisticated custom Brushed Manhattan finish by 3A Composites USA pointing to the neighborhood’s future as a growing work, live and play destination.

The building’s nine-level public parking podium features a tumbled-brick look primarily on street-facing elevations while a total of 68,000 square feet of 4mm ALUCOBOND PLUS in the custom Brushed Manhattan finish clads the seven-level office tower above. The building is split horizontally by an amenity level with a large wrap-around balcony that overlooks the Dallas skyline and separates the podium from the tower.

The Design

The unique double massing of The Stack was designed by Dallas-headquartered 5G Studio Collaborative LLC.

“The lower building volume blends with Deep Ellum’s historic neighborhood and shows respect for the neighborhood’s history of brick and mortar architecture, while the upper building volume aesthetically expresses the goal of creating an innovative office model for the future with its modern aesthetic and visual prioritization of outdoor amenity spaces for the building’s occupants,” said Christine Robbins-Elrod, AIA, LEED AP BD+C | ND | Homes, WELL AP, GACP, and principal at 5G Studio Collaborative.

The ALUCOBOND PLUS metal panels “visually express a modern aesthetic for the building’s upper volume while also tying to the industrial history of Deep Ellum,” according to Robbins-Elrod.

The Stack opened in May 2021 featuring 15,000 square feet of street-front retail space and nearly 200,000 square feet of state-of-the-art office space. This approximately $60-million multi-use project was developed as a joint venture between Houston-headquartered Hines, Dallas-headquartered Westdale Real Estate Investment and Management and Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc., of Montreal.

The Stack design team spent approximately 18 months reviewing materials before final selections were made, according to David Freisner, construction manager, Hines, who said weathered steel cladding originally was reviewed for the upper massing to fit the overall design aesthetic of Deep Ellum but was dismissed due to panel weight and cost challenges.

“When 5G Studio brought in the Brushed ALUCOBOND PLUS material, we got excited,” said Freisner. “There were still many color choices; but we were immediately intrigued by the sophistication of the ALUCOBOND PLUS brushed finish and more importantly by the dynamic properties it possessed. We reviewed the ALUCOBOND PLUS samples in all lighting situations from all angles; the product appearance changed each time. As we continued the process, it became clear that the façade would reflect the district and most importantly our project. This building is dynamic. Businesspeople who work here by day transition to work out in the afternoon in our state-of-the-art fitness space, then entertain clients on our amenity level overlooking the city and leave to grab dinner and a drink at the many local businesses. As you approach Deep Ellum, each vantage point provides a unique experience, and our office does the same. We could not be happier with the result.”

Once the decision was made to clad the tower in ALUCOBOND PLUS in a brushed finish, Freisner said the team spent approximately three months reviewing “hundreds of color samples” provided by 3A Composites USA before selecting custom Brushed Manhattan.

“We reviewed every color of ALUCOBOND PLUS with a brushed finish before selecting Manhattan; it was just the perfect complement to our overall design thesis,” said Freisner. “We were excited by this product and received great customer service throughout. We are very happy with our selection. … The dynamic characteristic of the Brushed Manhattan metal panels finalized our decision. Nothing about Deep Ellum or The Stack is static; we wanted to form your first impression of our project to know there is something special about calling this place home.”


Fabrication and Installation

Construction of The Stack began in early 2020 with Baltimore-headquartered The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. serving as general contractor.

BakerTriangle Prefab, of Richardson, Texas, was contracted to manage the metal scope of the project, including engineering and installation of the ALUCOBOND PLUS metal panels in “prefab” construction units. BakerTriangle Prefab partnered with KSC, Inc., of Dallas, to fabricate approximately 2,000 ALUCOBOND PLUS panels in multiple sizes for the prefab units as well as a unitized rainscreen installation system.

“This project required a lot of pre-planning; we spent a lot of hours in design,” said Preston Pressley, president, BakerTriangle Prefab, whose company engineers utilized Revit BIM engineering and Autodesk design software to create shop drawings and detailing for The Stack. “We had to create an overlay between architectural drawings and shop drawings, aligning five different trades to correctly coordinate the details.”

“This was a very well-organized job with all of the trades on the building,” said Vince Neault, business development manager, KSC, Inc., who said the company utilized three large CNC tables to cut the ALUCOBOND PLUS. “We’re known for our quality and service; and, with ALUCOBOND, quality and service are always there. The product has great name recognition.”

Installation of the ALUCOBOND PLUS on The Stack in prefab units created major project efficiencies, according to Pressley, who said these units eliminated the need for field measurement and field cuts of panels during the process. The units arrived on site ready to be “shaken out” and installed by elevation, he said.

“The ALUCOBOND PLUS worked great; we didn’t have any quality issues with these panels,” said Pressley. “The Stack is a beautiful building that glistens on the skyline with a visible textured finish. We’re proud that we got to play a part in drastically changing the skyline on the east side of Dallas.”

Established in 1873 as one of Dallas’ first commercial districts and residential neighborhoods for African-Americans and European immigrants, Deep Ellum is one of the most historically and culturally significant neighborhoods in the city, according to the Deep Ellum, Texas website.

The Stack paid homage to the neighborhood’s thriving visual arts scene by commissioning American street artist Tristan Eaton in collaboration with Goldman Global Arts to create a massive “Modern Cowgirl” mural for the building as well as local artists in collaboration with The Deep Ellum Foundation to decorate an alleyway with a series of united murals recognizing the area’s blues music tradition. A dynamic LED lighting system allows The Stack’s façade lighting to be changed in support of local sports teams and causes.

“We always set out to do more than build a building; we want to create spaces that help people flourish,” said Freisner. “The Stack’s art, architecture and finish selections all contribute to human flourishing. … This project not only fulfilled but exceeded our hopes from concept to reality. We could not have hit such a high bar of excellence without the custom ALUCOBOND PLUS Brushed Manhattan finish.”

The Stack is pursuing LEED Gold Certification and is one of the first new construction projects in Dallas to receive WELL Certification. ALUCOBOND PLUS panels contribute to LEED materials and resources credits.

For more information about ALUCOBOND PLUS and ALUCOBOND AXCENT, visit www.alucobondUSA.com, call 1-800-626-3365 or email info.usa@3AComposites.com.


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