CarbonCast Sandwich Wall Panels keep Office Depot penny-wise and organized
- Project Office Depot
- Location Charlotte, North Carolina
- Type of Precast CarbonCast High Performance Insulated Wall Panels
- Project Size 13,047 sq. ft.
- CarbonCast Surface Area 342 Wall Panels
- Architect RBA Group
- Contractor S2 Construction
- Precaster Metromont Corporation
People depend on Office Depot to help simplify their lives. So it makes sense that Office Depot’s new store in Charlotte, N.C., uses CarbonCast® High Performance Insulated Wall Panels to make its building more efficient. This product is lighter, thermally higher performing, and more cost-effective than other wall panels.
In CarbonCast High Performance Insulated Wall Panels, conventional shear reinforcement is replaced with low-conductivity, high-strength C-GRID® carbon fiber shear trusses. The 1mm thick C-GRID trusses connect the inner and outer wythes to yield a fully structurally composite panel. And because epoxy-coated carbon fiber is not a good thermal conductor, the panels provide an even insulation profile; they do not have problems with hot spots or cold spots that can plague other wythe connector options.
Office Depot’s load-bearing panels feature continuous insulation thicknesses of two to four inches depending on the insulation’s position in the structure.
The insulated wall panels at Office Depot provide steady state R-14—an improvement over conventional connection systems, which have insulation values of about R-12. This higher R value is integral in reducing heating and cooling costs, making Office Depot both cost and energy efficient.
The new Office Depot building features 1,800 square feet of thin brick. Sandblasting was used to achieve a limestone-like finish, complete with ½-inch reveals. Inside, the painted walls have a steel trowel finish.
As an alternative to conventional precast, tilt-up or masonry construction, CarbonCast High PerformanceInsulated Wall Panels install quickly and require only minimal space on the job site during erection.