We are manufacturers & product engineers of innovative, leading edge & thin architectural UHPC cladding panels named Contempo. Our cladding panels, for the last 15 years have had architects reimagining what a facade can be; Complete with trendsetting cutting-edge designs of unparalleled beauty and refinement, uncompromising quality, technological superiority all of which is now managed by a Thorough & dynamic management team that can be. Exploring the outter limits of the capabilities of ultra high performance concrete. Including facades that incorporate complex shapes, surface patterns, and curves and contours.
In the late 1970s, George Halliday and his companies Redev, RPC & Halliday-Armstrong; global leaders in their respective fields the, including: FRP products, Glass fibre pultrusions, extrusions, filament wound technologies, would combine research teams to make efforts to glass fibre reinforce cement in thin elements used for interior wall covering & exterior cladding.
In 1985 the team would release a 1/16" thick glass fibre reinforced cementitious composite panel with flexural strengths in excess of 17,000 PSI dubbed “fibreCrete”. It would prove too much too soon as the market was not ready for such a revolutionary product. The team would develop two more succesful formulations of which would remain available commercially ever since.
Our proprietary formulations of Ultra High Performance Concrete have a 40-year history in architectural applications. Our own proprietary formulation of UHPC took the market by storm starting in 2004. Our expertise in reinforced plastics & glass fibre assisted us in the development of repeatable & affordable architectural product.
The defining strength and performance characteristics of our UHPC are its exceptional compressive strength, very low water absorption, flexural strength and excellent strength retention. Our formulation has clear advantages related specifically to architectural applications that differentiate it from other competitive materials; fully leveraging its superior strength and durability.
We will forever remain the world’s first manufacturer of Architectural Ultra High Performance Concrete facade panels & the only manufacturer with projects completed dating back 40 years.
Today we are managed by a thorough & dynamic team with a focused on client relationships & retention, trendsetting cutting-edge designs, unparalleled beauty, uncompromising quality & technological superiority.
Our shirt term goal us to continue to combine materials which produce the highest strength cementitious composites. To continue on our path of self sufficiency and environmental footprint reduction while never losing the vision of G.Halliday which included providing a cementitious composite of extreme precision & quality with technical characteristic greater than steel, flexibility similar the to reinforced plastics & the durability of natural stone. And free of silica fume, free of asbestos and manufactured in a lean & zero waste environment lead by people in tune with the globabl concisousness.
Formulation design is single most important component of any composite material but it's not the only thing. How the material is cast, layedup & cured, ultimately determines the success of every project.
We manufacture our products just outside of London, Ontario & source 100% of our raw materials from within a 500-km radius. Our flexible and energy-efficient manufacturing space is custom designed to control every aspect of manufacturing quality, with a high level of precision at every step & is resource-efficient, scalable and semi-automated.
Using precision scales, accurate to within 1/10th of one gram for matrix ingredients, are loaded directly into a high intensity, high shear mixer, where they are combined according to our proprietary matrix design.
The Matrix is designed for workability & for flowing smoothly into pre-prepard molds which produce high quality surfaces upon de-molding. From the one-piece flow layup line, panels proceed to climate controlled curing racks where they develop 90 percent of their overall strength in just 18 hours.
For clients who opt for "Smooth-S". We developed an automated technique using vertical panel orientation to sandblast using recycled glass in specificly designed & calibrated automated sandblasting equipment designed to remove a thin layer of concrete from each panel to subtlety expose the matrix aggregate within.
Panel sizes are digitally transfered to 5-axis CNC Bridge Saws or 2-axis bridge saws, where panel optimization ensures efficient material utilization. Panels can be cut into a variety of sizes according to approved shop drawings; we recommend designing panel layouts that maximize material use and minimize waste.
Each panel is labeled with data that identies the Project, Lot, Part Number & panel data. Panels proceed through a hoizontal wash centre to remove any surface residue created in the cutting operations & from general handling throughout the initial processes. After the wash, each panel is dryed via infrared light & inspected for surface and edge quality before proceeding to sealing.
We have the integral ability to be formulated in an expansive range of colours including custom colours. We do however offer a standard colour palette of twenty vibrant colours along with stunning shades of Grey's.
Our standard and custom colors contain pigments that are UV-stable and engineered for concrete. Pigments are added during the mixing process, and are therefore integral and consistent throughout the material matrix.
The beauty of CONTEMPO is that it is natural, mineral-based product that generally exhibits colour variation between & within panels. For those clients that wish to minimize colour variation within and between production lots & panels we offer our SYNseal™ colour consistent surface applicant. It offers for projects where colour variation is not desired, an alternative factory applied finishing process to tightly control the surface colour characteristics, mitigating the subtle batch-batch natural colour variations of cementitious materials.
Standard with any CONTEMPO material is our proprietary hydrophobic sealer that regulates the flow of moisture between the material surface and the environment. It is a waterbased, breathable finish, applied to all panels before shipment. It is invisible and does not affect the rich, natural appearance of the panel, allowing for the beauty of the natural colour variations of concrete to be on display.
All panel surfaces, edges and corners are inspected again final time, and their lot clearances (mechanic properties) are verified. A picture of each panel and stacked skid is taken and filed for future reference & for customer service warranty claims. All panels are recorded onto the crate/skid manifest. The final manifest is affixed to the sealed crate and also emailed to the customer upon shipment.
Our commitment to continuous improvement is embodied in everything we do. Included within our continuous improvement program is our Quality Assurance mandate which dictates quality control points in the manufacturing process and forms ongoing enhancements in product quality and delivery.
Our strict Quality Management program assures consistently produced panels monitors parameters such as product dimensions, physical properties, flexural strength, anchor pull-out strength, colour tolerances and curing conditions. Self audits of operations verify procedures, reviewing in-house records, and selecting panels at random for laboratory testing and verification.