marin academy entry facade
San Rafael, CA
28 x 16 plus miscellaneous small parts
The Marin Academy Entry FRP Entry façade is made of unsaturated polyester resin and E-Glass reinforcement with an integrally molded NPG Isothalic marine-grade gel coat. Structural FRP sandwich construction allowed for fastening to an existing wall at the perimeter through exterior flanges, which were later buried in stucco by others.
Before demolition of the existing façade, digitally capture in high enough resolution to recreate the original entry archway accurately, using LADAR range finding; design fabrication process; engineer and manufacture replica of the demolished historic arch. Using data, digitally align and recreate symmetry and repair damaged fragments using mirror-image data from the opposite side. Mill urethane foam replica in full-scale from digital data, fabricate FRP female mold and FRP part in one piece for installation to existing new façade structure.
Client: Marin Academy
General Contractor: Plant Construction
Architect: Starkweather Bondi Architects
Sculptor: Jacquelyn Giuffre