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Shildan Provides Terra Cotta Facade for the National Museum of American Jewish History by Ronald Boschan

October 25, 2012 Posted in: Press Releases

Local Supplier, Shildan Inc., Provides Unique Terra Cotta Façade for the National Museum of American Jewish History Shildan, Inc. a national distributor of terra cotta rainscreen facades with headquarters in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, played a major role in providing the unique, sustainable terra cotta façade on the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. According to Ronald Boschan, Vice President for Marketing, “the new museum will have a unique modern design combined with high performance in terms of energy conservation and sustainable architecture”.

No other terra cotta façade approaches this project in complexity. Terra cotta is used as a traditional material in a modern system which makes it a good neighbor to the surrounding buildings on Independence Mall. The National Museum of American Jewish History will open to the public on Friday, November 12, 2010. The terra cotta façade has been used on the exterior walls in a unique scalloped design developed by Shildan, Inc. for the architectural firm Ennead in New York City. The terra cotta extends as sunscreens in front of the window openings and also curves inside to form the first floor ceiling. The terra cotta aluminum support system was manufactured in New York State from recycled aluminum. The rainscreen system used on this project provides substantial energy savings and reduces the air conditioning emissions into the environment.

Rainscreen systems eliminate mold and mildew in the walls which can damage the collection. They also help control the relative humidity which is especially important in museums. Rainscreen systems with terra cotta should endure for 80 to 100 years or longer. Shildan, Inc. has over 140 U.S. projects including many significant buildings including the newly renovated Music Building at the University of Pennsylvania. Other major projects include the New York Times Headquarters, the Institute for Advanced Studies and the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan.

Contact: Ronald D. Boschan Vice President of Marketing 215-370-7074 rboschan@shildan.com