Frequently Asked Questions

There are multiple sectors that are great candidates for prefab panel projects. We look for repetition, repeatability, products of scale, limitations on logistics for conventional skin install methods on sites. We have found that typically the model of ‘heads on beds’ revenue stream caters well to the world of prefabrication.

Our panel sizes are restricted to what we can get on a truck to ship to the site. Our maximum panel dimensions in one direction is 15’, with a secondary dimension of a maximum of 40’ (either vertically or horizontally). Panel sizes can increase beyond 14’, but this could require trucking escort trucks. Our optimal efficiency panel size is around 12’ x 20’ and our maximum panel size is 14’ x 40’.

There is no such thing as too early. We have found that early design input at schematic documents allows for the most efficient panel implementation to the skin of the project. It can be rather complicated to vet the use of exterior panels once documents hit CD stages, as this may require changes to the current design for both skin elements and structural requirements. We are huge proponents of early design-assist agreements, where we can work as a consultant to the owner or architect or a trade partner to a general contractor to help and assist through the design development stages of a drawing set.

There are a few ‘must-haves’ in panel design and implementation. We require an edge of slab bypass condition, so that we can maintain control of the finish façade and can maintain a complete, pre-finished façade system. We also require connection through a continuous track system that can be set as an embed in concrete or can be welded to an edge angle on steel structures. If punched openings are desired, size of opening needs to be considered during panel design to sustain a manageable opening size.

Our panels are extremely versatile, and façade finishes can vary based on the design. At a minimum, we produce what we call a ‘backup panel’, which consists of exterior CFMF stud framing, sheathing and waterproofing. From there, finishes can vary from metal panels of all types, EIFS, thin veneer systems, cementitious panels, and fiber cement panels.

Prefabrication aims to achieve the considered façade types for a given project. Panel types range from a ‘back up’, EIFS ci, Rain Screen ci, Metal Panel ci, Thin Brick / Stone ci as options. A ‘back up’ panel helps to achieve the “early dry-in” benefits of prefabrication while still allowing for conventional façade install methods.

We welcome the idea of windows installed in our panels. We create a true punched opening, allowing the project’s glazier to complete their scope of work. Our fabrication facility in lieu of field installation. We have found great success in partnering with a local glazier to provide a truly complete exterior envelope. Prefab panels will ship and install no differently with glazing installed.

We detail an industry standard ¾” joint, sealed by a double backer rod, double bead of sealant. Panel joints become a critical aesthetic component and we work closely with the Design Team on the panel breaks from initial involvement.   

Once shop drawings are approved, we update our revit models to include all necessary stud gauges, sizes, and connections to accommodate accurate structural members and sizes for production. Once complete, we create fabrication tickets for each individual panel so that we can accurately track the production and quality control of the panel once it hits the assembly line.

This will vary depending on backlog and façade selection type. This needs to be an early conversation for façade options that have historically long lead times – metal panel, glazing, specialty finishes, etc.

Through wall penetration are no problem to coordinate, we just need the information up front so we can incorporate those openings in our model for design and fabrication. If exterior signage is desired, we simply need to know where so we can accommodate for in-wall blocking.

Whether inspections are required for water testing, waterproofing, or overall quality control, inspections can be held at the prefabrication facility before or during project construction. Many times, envelope testing and architectural reviews are held at the fabrication facility and then again once panels are in place.

Prefabricated panels are easily hoisted with multiple equipment options. Skytracks, mobile cranes, and tower cranes are typically utilized and coordinated with the GC. It is pertinent that an up-front conversation occurs between our preconstruction team and the general contractor to properly plan for hoisting and installation, both from a site logistics and a cost perspective. Our goal is to have a pick plan and installation sequencing plan in place with the general contractor prior to our proposal being finalized.

We are going to give the vague ‘it depends on the project’ response, but we do have some averages on our metrics. Panel installation and square footage completion will vary based on site constraints, panel sizes, finish types, and type of equipment. We have found that setting common sized panels with typical overhead crane picks have an average of around 2,400 SF of finished façade a day. We alot for a window of 45 to 90 minutes to set each panel, given site logistics and panel location.

In partnership with the STO Affiliate Network, a 5 year limited warranty on all installed panels, and the individual components will still carry over their standard manufacturer’s warranties. Warranty will begin on the date of substantial completion. Extended warranty periods are available at a premium rate.

Panels can be stacked by horizontally and/or vertically on our trailers, depending on panel size and layout. All panels have trailer load layouts and are stacked, connected, and freighted according to those trailer fabrication drawings.

We utilize ‘Just in Time’ delivery with our prefab panels. Once loaded on the truck, we schedule the load to hit the jobsite when it is ready to be installed. Once at the jobsite, our panels are ‘tripped’ up on the trailer and set in place on the façade. We do not allow our panels to ever touch the ground. We plan early so that once a trailer gets to the jobsite, the panels are picked in the correct sequential order and are hung on the façade in a timely manner.

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