Case Studies

ArmorWall Fire-Rated Structural Insulated SheathingTM is quickly becoming the industry’s leading building enclosure product.  Learn how by reading the below Case Studies that speak to ArmorWall’s many abilities to benefit designers, general contractors, installers and building owners!

In Fall of 2018, construction began on the first of two new medical office buildings to support the healthcare needs of the growing local community in Boiling Springs, SC. The first building was constructed using a common wall assembly that included gypsum sheathing, a spray applied air barrier, mineral wool insulation, and other systems commonly used in metal stud buildings. Unfortunately, a rainy season led to months of construction delays and challenges installing the building enclosure system. When construction began in 2019 on a similar building, the project team was ready and willing to try a new building enclosure system. Fortunately, MaxLife Industries’ National Sales Manager, Beau Preston of Carolina Rainscreen and Envelope Professionals, had been in touch with the project team and introduced them to ArmorWall Structural Insulated Sheathing™. When they realized the immense time and cost savings available by switching to ArmorWall, they made the change.

Click here to learn how ArmorWall came to be the best choice on a new medical office building in Boiling Springs, SC, as well as how the building enclosure system was installed in just three and a half weeks- an amazing six weeks ahead of schedule!

When construction began on this Municipal Maintenance Facility in Prior Lake, MN, the architect knew they needed a product that could withstand a cold climate with lots of snow. One of the greatest benefits of ArmorWall is its high performance in cold climate zones.  By combining up to four traditional components and trades into one, the installation process is faster, cheaper and easily adapts to harsh weather conditions.  Fasteners adhere the 4’ x 8’ panels to studs or framing, sealants cover fastener holes and seams, and a variety of cladding systems are attached on a smooth and flat surface.  All of this can be done in harsh weather conditions including rain, snow and low temperatures. That’s why ArmorWall Vapor Permeable (VP) and ArmorWall Below Grade (BG) Structural Insulated Sheathing™ were chosen for this project.

Click here to read our interview with architect Ron Betcher of OERTEL ARCHITECTS, LTD. in St. Paul, MN, and to learn how ArmorWall came to be a critical solution on a new municipal maintenance facility in Prior Lake, MN.

The Anne Springs Close Greenway “Gateway” Welcome Center opened in the fall of 2019 to welcome guests to the 2,100-acre nature preserve and outdoor recreation site in Fort Mill, SC.  The new 6,300-square-foot welcome center provides a “front door” for first time visitors and returning guests to the area.  Mid-way through construction during a rainy spring season, the architect and general contractor realized that a different building enclosure system was needed – one that could be installed in wet conditions – in order to prevent the project from falling further behind schedule. Once they learned about ArmorWall Vapor Permeable (VP) Structural Insulated Sheathing™, they knew it was the right material for the job.

Click here to learn how ArmorWall was brought into the project to not only help get it back on schedule, but deliver added value in sustainability and durability.

In the fall of 2019, the City of Mason began demolition of an outdoor pool in order to make way for the construction of a new state-of-the-art aquatic center with both indoor and outdoor amenities, and an addition to follow, that would serve as a premier amenity for City of Mason residents.  The new center features a heated leisure pool, an enclosed 50-meter pool, a community room, a catering area and covered entrance that welcomes guests.  Like other projects where our products are used, ArmorWall wasn’t specified in the original design.  For this project, a traditional building enclosure system had been planned, but, a cost-benefit analysis performed once construction began revealed that a less expensive system was needed. This is where ArmorWall Vapor Permeable (VP) Structural Insulated Sheathing™ came in.

Click here to learn how the project team determined that the slightly higher up-front costs of the ArmorWall product would yield $11,000 in total project savings through a faster installation time and less labor on the job, and an overall increase of 6 – 9% energy efficiency.

If you were planning to build a collectible vehicle storage building in Florida with millions of dollars of other people’s valuables in it, you’d probably want to make sure that the building is waterproof, durable and able to withstand hurricanes. Enter MaxLife Industries’ first project with ArmorWall Non Permeable (NP) Structural Insulated Sheathing™. ArmorWall NP offers a non permeable barrier that addresses unique needs in hot, moist and humid climates in cities like Fort Lauderdale, FL.  For this storage facility, a traditional CMU block wall system was constructed.  But, instead of following the traditional method of filling the blocks with insulation, a better system was sought after that would allow for a stronger attachment with the exterior metal cladding, while still meeting the continuous insulation requirements of Florida’s energy code.  A strong supporter of continuous insulation for many years, the project architect evaluated several product options before specifying ArmorWall. The architect realized that ArmorWall’s ability to combine several traditional components into one – while also meeting continuous insulation requirements – would afford the project increased durability and weather protection while also saving time and money during the installation process.

Click here to learn how the project team used ArmorWall in place of several traditional materials to save time, save money and increase durability and weather resistance.