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PROJECT PROFILE GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS PROJECT FACTS Size: 10,034 square feet Purpose: Youth center and worship space Max. Wall Height: 26 feet accel-E® is a contributor Panel Width: 8” inches to LEED® points. Wall Type: Non-load bearing, exterior infill The accel-E ® Steel Thermal Efficient Panel Wall System ® 2010 SYNTHEON Inc. accel-E is a registered trademark of ACCELERATED Building Technologies, LLC, a SYNTHEON Inc. company. SYNTHEON Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NOVA Chemicals, Inc. SYNTHEON logo is a trademark of SYNTHEON Inc. Speed, Efficiency & Support on the Jobsite “As soon as the panels are up we’ve got a closed-in, insulated building.” PROJECT BACKGROUND Using a new product for the first time can cause a “They delivered the product as project manager some concerns, especially on a proj- promised, and when we needed one ect where timing is critical. But for Aspen Group, a leading Midwest design/build firm, the company’s partial section delivered earlier… first use of the accel-E® Steel Thermal Efficient Panel they were able to change their shop (S.T.E.P.) wall system was a positive experience – one schedule around for us to do that. they are already planning to repeat. They worked with us quite well.” CONSTRUCTION SPEED AND EFFICIENCY – Dave Piersma From the outset, timing was critical in the renovation Senior Project Manager, Aspen Group and expansion of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL. The congregation hired Aspen Group, a design/build firm with over a decade of experience serving churches, to design and manage the project, which involved adding a new two-story youth worship center along with renovations to the existing sanctuary. “One of the big driving factors was the time of year and weather considerations,” said Dave Piersma, senior project manager at Aspen Group. “To get this thing closed in before winter was essential, so speed of construction was a key element.” To do that, Aspen Group recommended replacing conventional framing and insulation with pre-engineered accel-E® panels, manufactured by SYNTHEON Inc. By combining framing, cavity insulation and continuous rigid foam sheath- ing into a single process, the accel-E® panels can reduce the time required to erect walls by as much as 73 percent. “So as soon as the panels are up we’ve got a closed-in insulated building,” said Owner: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Piersma. Naperville, IL Architect & Contractor: Aspen Group SUPPORT ON THE JOB Despite the advantages, Piersma naturally had concerns since this was his com- pany’s first experience with the accel-E® system. About accel-E® The accel-E® panels are produced in “On conventional construction there’s no need for shop drawings, so one of my thicknesses of 5 1/2 and 8 inches, and can big concerns was adding another step in the process,” he explained. “But they be produced in virtually any height, turned around the shop drawings and did a fine job coordinating with our limited only by the mode of transport. architects.... They delivered the product as promised, and when we needed one The materials used in the panels partial section delivered earlier than planned, they were able to change their shop schedule around for us to do that. They worked with us quite well.” resist mold and mildew. SYNTHEON Inc. is a building science company specializ- That support extended to the jobsite, as well. ing in high-efficiency building envelope systems with advanced component fabrication. SYNTHEON's system- “This was the first time our carpentry subcontractor had erected this type of ized solutions capitalize on the latest technologies in the system but it went smoothly,” he said. “The manufacturer had people on site marketplace - creating environmentally and economically to do some training, which was a tremendous advantage.” sound structures. SYNTHEON's global business is head- quartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with affiliates and joint venture partners throughout the world, including Although this was Aspen Group’s first experience with the accel-E® system, it the U.S., Mexico, Chile and India. For more information, won’t be the last. please visit www.syntheoninc.com. “We’re already using it on another project, and looking at using it on another,” Learn more about accel-E® Piersma said, noting that the accel-E® system’s potential energy savings could STEP wall systems: by visiting be an additional advantage in many instances. By eliminating air gaps, sagging www.accel-E.com and irregularities, and by reducing thermal bridging and heat transference, or call 888-9-accelE accel-E® panels offer tested insulating values that surpass other panel systems (888-922-2353) and traditional framing techniques.
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