Located on 2,500 feet of waterfront in the lower Hudson Bay, the Liberty Harbor area in Jersey City, N.J. provides magnificent views of New York Harbor. It’s a commuters’ haven due to its proximity to Manhattan and the area’s excellent public transportation system. An urbanist-inspired vision has spurred development in the area, including the recent completion of 333 Grand — an 18-story, residential apartment building offering the latest in luxury and style.
With an iconic facade, wide sidewalk area and extensive amenities that include ground floor retail space, 333 Grand is a coveted waterfront address. The building’s exterior is especially decorative, featuring a stunning curved façade, oversized windows, multiple textured surfaces and vibrant colors. In fact, the 80,000 square-foot, multi-family, mixed-use complex is a signature representation of today’s high-caliber exterior insulation and finish systems.
The Sto Wall Story
Developer Peter Mocco and his architects at Urban Architecture wanted an exterior wall system for 333 Grand that would serve as an effective air and moisture barrier to weather the elements, but they didn’t want to compromise on aesthetics. With specifications calling for multiple cladding types and shapes, the designers realized it was going to be impossible to develop the structure they wanted with standard building materials. So they turned to a StoTherm® ci wall system incorporating Sto Limestone and StoCreativ® Brick specialty finishes.
The StoTherm® ci EPS-based, high performance, integrated wall system offered both sustainability and design flexibility. It includes a seamless, fluid-applied air and moisture barrier with continuous insulation (ci) and advanced drainage capabilities. The StoTherm® ci system improves indoor comfort and air quality while maintaining maximum curb appeal and lowering overall life-cycle costs.
The applicator on the job, Richard Riley of Simpson Plastering, said the radius building envelope was a challenge; each drop had nine major architectural attributes with five continuous architectural elements. “Using Sto products and taking advantage of the technical advice and other resources the Sto team offered,”Riley declared, “we had the resources to complete the project in record time.”
Mocco was especially pleased with the classic look of the StoCreativ Brick – a cost effective, energy efficient, lightweight, easy-to-apply decorative wall finish system. Using self-adhering stencils applied over a primer layer to create the appearance of mortar, this finish system offers a sustainable alternative to heavier brick, while avoiding the hassle of dealing with multiple trades and cumbersome accessories.
The water-resistant Sto Limestone Finish provided an extra layer of protection, repelling moisture and wind-driven rain. A lightweight and easily installed architectural wall finish, Sto Limestone provided the classic look and feel of natural stone at a fraction of the expense. When designed as part of a Sto cladding system, this durable 100% acrylic finish can create the appearance of stone arches, reliefs and other distinctive architectural features.
“Thanks to Sto Corp, the building exterior at 333 Grand provides an energy-efficient, resilient envelope with a much smaller carbon footprint and higher LEED certification results,” observes Mocco. “It’s also a study in architectural design.”