Selecting Terreal North America terra cotta tiles allowed us to respond to existing campus context while realizing a high performing building envelope that also offered a sense of human scale on campus. Terra cotta resonates with the brick aesthetic of the University of Pennsylvania and, as a comparatively lighter envelope material, provided an opportunity for us to construct the building’s super structure and foundation systems more quickly. This lighter structural system could be off-site fabricated which provided a higher quality control in the wall panel factory, faster installation, and a faster close-in. It also allowed interior systems to be installed in a controlled environment, which was a huge help in the last month before the onset of the pandemic.
Shingles were installed on 618 prefabricated exterior wall panels within controlled factory conditions. The shingle system, which is lighter than a brick system, allowed us to use a lighter panel which had two critical benefits: it could be off-site fabricated and affordably shipped to site, and it allowed us to use a lighter, faster structural system. Design Assist envelope partnerships with the off-site wall panel manufacturer and window/curtain wall subcontractors helped to optimize the design process. These efficiencies allowed the design team to achieve the project’s ambitious schedule while improving quality control. Our choice of Ludowici terra cotta created efficiencies that helped us finish the project on time and on budget despite the global pandemic.
The New College House project inherited a brick legacy from another recently-built dormitory, the ornamental brick seven-story Lauder College House. New College House is located in a more architecturally eclectic area of campus; using a terra cotta shingle instead of a brick scales up that natural material to the taller 13-story second building of New College House while still responding to the traditional brick of other campus buildings.
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Eastern Exterior Wall Systems
Terreal North America, in conjunction with its parent company Ludowici, is implementing a strategic market realignment effective in and throughout 2023. This market refocus will result in Ludowici providing manufacturer direct sales, marketing, and supply support for the complete line of NeXclad small module terra cotta wall cladding systems. While NeXclad terra cotta cladding systems will continue to be available from Ludowici, Terreal North America will no longer offer large module terra cotta cladding and sunscreen products that are manufactured overseas. Please visit Ludowici.com to learn more about our made in the USA NeXclad terra cotta cladding systems.
This market refocus aligns with Ludowici’s mission to manufacture sustainable, environmentally friendly, locally sourced, and locally made terra cotta construction materials. This market approach also brings all terra cotta construction materials produced in our New Lexington, Ohio facility under a single corporate umbrella — Ludowici.
Customers and building owners with questions regarding this announcement, please contact Ludowici for assistance at ludowici.com/contact.
Rob A. Wehr
Chief Executive Officer