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Nu-lok Installation Contractor:
Ks Construction
Wasilla

General Contractor:
Cornerstone Construction
Anchorage

Architects:
Livingston Sloan
Anchorage

ZGF Architects
Seattle

Nu-Lok: An Excellent
Building Cladding Solution

All the benefits of using the Nu-lok System for roofing apply as well to building siding or cladding. The University of Alaska was searching for a solution to accomplish several goals while planning their new 120,000 square ft. Integrated Science Building for their Anchorage campus. The entire $91M project was to feature sustainable design solutions and there were several goals that the Nu-lok Slate Cladding achieved, including:

  • The longevity of slate cladding.
  • Aesthetic and environmental appeal of natural slate.
  • Cost effectiveness with performance goals met.
  • Cost savings as a result of shorter installation time.
  • High wind and earthquake resistance.
  • Continual air circulation around the cladding and installation design solved moisture/mold concerns.
  • Contribution to energy efficiency through Nu-loks superior insulating factor.
  • Ease of slate tile removal for maintenance/service access to the building.
"When the owner and architects found Nu-lok, it overshadowed the competitors with its complete installation system and Miami-Dade County hurricane zone rating. For us, we used the same Nu-lok installation materials as we do for a roof. Then we added a simple U-shaped shim on the battens that positioned the slate an ideal distance from the wall, minimized thermal transfer into the interior, and because of its shape, assured that any water finding its way behind the slate could not accumulate."

— Roland Kay, Ks Construction