Tyvek® Fluid Applied System Protects Texas A&M Building
On December 16, 2010, Texas A&M University broke ground on a new liberal arts and humanities building that will serve as home to the departments of English and Performing Arts, as well as the initiative in Digital Humanities, Media and Culture, which is one of the university’s Academic Master Plan highlights.
This 125,000-square-foot, five-story building is the first on campus designed specifically for instruction and scholarship in the arts and humanities. It is also the first building on this historic campus to feature DuPont™ Tyvek® Fluid Applied System as the weather barrier.
Unique Building Will Enhance Scholarship and Creative Work on Campus
Located in the center of campus, this new $46 million facility contains much more than traditional classrooms and faculty offices. It features a black box theatre, recording studios, instrument rehearsal spaces, computer-based teaching classrooms and meeting spaces.
Students and faculty will now have a beautiful, well-designed building that meets their specific needs—from classroom to stage. There is even an outdoor courtyard on the east side of this U-shaped building where students and faculty can gather for informal discussions and impromptu performances.
DuPont™ Tyvek® Fluid Applied System Delivers Required Performance
When it came to specifying a high-performance, continuous air and water barrier, the architects at Brown Reynolds Watford decided that the Tyvek® Fluid Applied System would best meet the specifications for this project.
“The exterior of this building features cut limestone on the first floor, brick veneer on the upper floors, cast stone trim work, and perforated metal panels in some areas as accent pieces,” said Andrew Evertson, senior associate and project manager at BRW.
“One of the big challenges we have here in Texas, especially behind metal panels, is extremely high temperatures,” said Evertson. “The temperature rating for the Tyvek® Fluid Applied System could get us the performance we needed. It also could stand up to prolonged UV exposure before the skin could be applied, which was an important consideration for this project.”
Evertson also stated, “We are working with a wide variety of