The EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA) held its “EIFS Hero Project Awards” ceremony virtually on May 19, 2021. Per EIMA, the prestigious EIFS Hero Awards honor a wide variety of projects that exemplify the unique attributes of exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS). The award-winning projects represent the best in the continuous insulation (CI). All are examples of exceptional architecture and performance.

Sto Corp. is proud to be the manufacturing partner on six of the projects that received accolades for exemplary work showcasing exterior walls that are efficient, aesthetically flexible, and incredibly durable.

A digital recording of the awards ceremony can be found on EIMA’s YouTube channel.

2020 Hero of the Year Award
Long Beach Memorial Pediatric M.O.B.

Long Beach Memorial Pediatric M.O.B.

Location:
2701 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA

Project Team:
Manufacturer: Sto Corp. / Sto Panel Technology
Contractor: Nevell Group, Inc. (A Sto Panel Technology Affiliate)
Distributor: FBM
Owner: Long Beach Medical Center
GC: Turner Construction
Architect: C-A Architects

Why this is a HERO hidden in plain sight:

The design team’s flexibility and openness for prefabrication made this project a great opportunity for EIFS. Panelizing the exterior cut the project skin schedule by 3 months and resulted in a 19-day dry in rather than the expected 120-day duration. Seven unique bright colors were used on the façade, which is very eye-catching. The juxtaposition of the shapes combined with the contrasting colors make this project a testament to the strength of EIFS.

Hero Award in the category of “Other”
Greenhouse

Greenhouse Dispensary

Location:
1000 Skokie Blvd
Skokie, IL

Project Team:
Manufacturer: Sto Corp.
Distributor: L&W Elk Grove, IL
Owner: Curaleaf
GC: Pacific Construction
Architect: Camburas & Theodore, Ltd

Why this is a HERO hidden in plain sight:

This project was originally built in 1956, and after several additions, needed an updated, more contemporary look. The fluid lines in the design give the illusion of motion, with flowing waves that converge at a center point, framing a two-story wall of windows. The use of EIFS as the cladding material, along with sophisticated computer-modeling tools, made execution of the design’s organic shapes possible. This project really showcases the endless design possibilities of EIFS.

Award of Merit in the category of “Mixed-use”
Peace Raleigh Apartments

Peace Raleigh Apartments

Location:
417 West Peace St.
Raleigh, NC

Project Team:
Manufacturer: Sto Corp. 
Contractor: Premier Stucco (NC)
Distributor: Guaranteed Supply
GC: Clancy & Theys
Architect: Cline Design Associates

Why this is a HERO hidden in plain sight:

This project, with multiple types of claddings that blend well with the surrounding built environment, is an excellent example of using EIFS alongside metal panel and brick to obtain a modern, eclectic look.

Award of Merit in the category of “Residential”
Houston House

Houston House

Location:
298 East 2nd Street
New York, NY

Project Team:
Manufacturer: Sto Corp.
Contractor: Imperiex Construction Inc
Distributor: Sto Eastern
Owner: Matthew Lee
Architect: Jeff Cole Architects

Why this is a HERO hidden in plain sight:

This 8-story building is in New York City’s trendy East Village neighborhood. The project team addressed both the practical and aesthetic issues it faced because of its location. With the use of EIFS as an exterior cladding, the project has a design evoking the aesthetic of metal panels that is stylish enough for its East Village residents, while at the same time addressing the traffic noise, cold winters and brutal summers of New York City.

Award of Merit in the category of “Residential”
Imperial

EIFS Hero awards winner

Location:
123-30 83rd Avenue
Kew Gardens, NY

Project Team:
Manufacturer: Sto Corp.
Contractor: Elite Wall Systems
Distributor: Sto of N.J. Inc.
Owner/Developer Realty: Operations Group
General Contractor: AWR Group Inc.
Architect: Chris Benedict

Why this is a HERO hidden in plain sight:

This renovation project is a complete exterior re-clad of a 7-story apartment building in Queens, New York. By covering the entire brick exterior with EIFS, the owner found a solution to the recurring maintenance issue of masonry repair. The project has a fresh look, and uses different sizes of EPS board to add depth and dimension to the once flat façade. This project really showcases the versatility of EIFS!

Honorable Mention in the category of “High-rise”
Gentry Buckhead Village

Gentry Buckhead Village

Location:
3172 Roswell Rd
Atlanta, GA

Project Team:
Manufacturer: Sto Corp.
Contractor: Johnson & Sons Plastering
Distributor: Capitol Materials Atlanta
Owner: LMC
GC: HOAR Construction
Architect: Preston Partnership

Why this is a HERO hidden in plain sight:

This is an excellent example of utilizing the energy efficient, high performance qualities of EIFS, and the unique aesthetics to suit the design intent of a project. The 21-story multi-family and mixed-use property sits in a densely populated area of Atlanta; a very busy and high traffic zone with minimal lay-down area.

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