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2039 Fourth Street Berkeley, CA



The Read Building required a polymer concrete face coat applied to female molds fabricated from the architect's CAD data. Face coat backed with fire retardant unsaturated polyester resin and E-Glass reinforcement. After removing the mold, the surface was sandblasted to achieve the desired stone finish.

K&A Scope:

Design fabrication means and methods to produce architect-specified architectural trim that simulates stone using thin-section polymer concrete on FRP backing. Engineer connections and flanged details to accommodate architect specifications, aesthetic requirements, and contractor installation methods.


Architect: Trachtenberg Architects, Berkeley, CA

General Contractor: Cahill Construction

Client: Read Brothers

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