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Rainscreen Cladding in O'Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center | Swisspearl
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Rainscreen Cladding in O'Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center | Swisspearl

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    Exterior facades
  • Applications

    Educational facilities, rainscreen cladding
  • Characteristics

    Large-format fiber cement panels, made from regenerative raw materials, colored with a transparent or pigmented acrylic top finish, rot-resistant, incombustible
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Rainscreen cladding is an exterior skin of rear-ventilated cladding which can be attached to new or existing buildings. It is a double-wall construction where the outer cladding is designed to breathe since the inner layer serves the purpose of insulation, the exterior cladding blocks rain giving the system its name. The structural frame stays dry since the rainscreen panels don’t allow water to reach the thermal insulation.

O'Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center
Missouri State University

Facade Material: Swisspearl Carat, Onyx 7090

The new building for the College of Health and Human Studies at Missouri State University impresses through its sculptural formation. That can be said not only of the volume but also the spatial organization, which includes a communication zone connecting all floors.

The O’Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center, which opened in 2015 is the most recent building block of the College of Health and Human Studies. The architects from Cannon Design, integrated the building in this context by interpreting the area between the buildings as an open space, which forms, as it were, a miniature campus within the campus.


The geometry is a sculpturally-formed volume whose physicality is emphasized by the all-over cladding with Swisspearl panels, based on the Sigma 8 fixation system. In interplay with the slightly recessed glazing, the horizontally offset panels underscore the building’s compactness, but as a recognizably thin facade skin, it emphasizes its lightness. In this way, the new building creates a counterpoint to the rather heavy seeming limestone structures from the post-World War II decades. The Onyx 7090 color option for the Swisspearl facade panels, integrates into the existing spectrum of colors.

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Facade materials - Swisspearl Carat

The Carat collection offers a through-color panel that features either a translucent or pigmented top layer. The unique, natural look and timeless beauty of the monolithic material has a delicate vein texture which provides an exciting and noble expression to buildings.

Carat is available in a wide spectrum of complementary shapes and is a good facade solution to create contrasts and special effects or to blend into any setting. The proprietary processes pioneered by Swisspearl include a special surface finish, sealed edges and back coating to ensure optimal behavior and durability of the panels. Thanks to the smooth surface finish, there is minimal maintenance.

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