Commercial Case Study: Shippensburg University

New Siding Insulation with Built-In Moisture Management Adds R-3.8 Behind Brick and
Fiber Cement Siding?on University Residence Hall Complex


1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257

Located less than an hour outside of Harrisburg, Shippensburg?University is a bachelor and masters degree granting institute?with a rich history in teaching excellence.

The Project:

The three-building residence hall complex is four to five stories high, will?accomodate 924 university students and will cost an estimated $70 million when complete. The 306,436 square foot complex is just phase one?of a three-part project. All three phases are set for completion in the summer of 2015 and will cost a total of $200 million.

The complex was designed by CUBE 3 Studio, LLC.
The general contractor was Fortune Johnson.
The consulting engineer was Greenman-Pederson, Inc. ?
Campus Apartments is overseeing the project.

Progressive Foam Insulation

HalfbackH20 Universal Siding Insulation was specified by CUBE 3 Studio,?LLC to be installed underneath the exterior brick and fiber cement panel?siding. HalfbackH20 provided R-3.8 insulation on the exterior as well as?maximum moisture management with drainage grooves built into the foam?and a permeability rating of 3.5. The project is estimated to require over?1,500 squares of HalfbackH20 before completion.

Why HalfbackH20 Was Used

The University and CUBE 3 Studio, LLC were working hard to design these buildings to achieve Certified status under?the US Green Building Council’s LEED New Construction program.

In order to achieve this LEED Certified status on?this project, it was important that insulation be installed on the exterior of the building, and that the insulation be purchased from a manufacturer who was located no more than 500 miles from the construction site (saving on fuel used).

?Progressive Foam was able to work with us to provide a product that was versatile in meeting the performance goals?and construction techniques of the project,? says Project Manager John Harding, AIA LEED AP of CUBE 3 Studio,?LLC. ?They were able to deliver a cost-effective solution that was a great fit for the project.?

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