Island understands this evolution, and looks to take the benefits of prefabrication, including the ability to control cost, labor, quality and design flexibility, and marry it with an in-depth understanding of the facade industry. The facade is literally the face of the building, providing aesthetic appeal, identity, and ultimately the first line of interface against the exterior environment. It is a complicated science. Given its importance, and the large percentage of the construction cost allocated to constructing it (typically 20% of a total construction budget goes toward facade erection), it would seem that there would be a high standard of quality for design, execution, and delivery of the facade. However, like much of the AEC industry it has become fragmented, and heavily relies on very specialized trades fabricating, erecting, and installing on site, in trade specific bubbles. This requires vast amounts of coordination by architects and contractors, but at the end of the day, it is very hard to understand who is ultimately responsible for work, especially when something goes wrong. We're here to bridge that disconnect.
We have leveraged state of the art technology and fabrication tools to streamline the prefabrication process for large format panels. All parts of our facades are manufactured with extreme precision and control in our own facilities in Calverton, NY. We've expanded our capabilities to be applicable to the most in-demand and performative facade systems such as Terracotta, Aluminum Cladding, and Curtain Walls. Our custom panels include all the necessary components: structural framing, sheathing, air/vapor membranes, insulation, exterior finish materials, and windows.
Island conducts exhaustive research and development in a reactionary manner, utilizing project demands and constraints to push the boundaries of our technology. We love to get involved in projects as soon as possible so we can foresee any potential problems and fix them before they happen. This devotion to innovation is a direct benefit to our clients, evolving our systems to become increasingly more adaptable, high-performance, and cost effective. Our goal is to leverage our in-house knowledge base and experience to develop single source building envelop solutions, in order to capture every envelope interface and condition. From opaque rainscreen, to curtain wall, to sun shades and balconies, the key to controlling the performance of the exterior wall is the ability to control all the transitions and connections.
The keys to Island’s methods are integration and transparency. We work very early on to understand goals, requirements, constraints, and ambitions for all of the projects we collaborate on, and reflect that in the work we perform. We stress early collaboration to help define aesthetics. performance requirements, budgets, schedules, and constructability studies for architects and contractors and work diligently with all parties to maintain the requirements throughout the process, from early schematic design all the way through to panel fabrication and erection. Early involvement in project delivery allows the owner, the architect, and the general contractor to have greater say in the molding of the project, while costs are still somewhat fluid.