Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New Design Rules For The City of Gastonia Commercial Buildings

Below is a synopsis of new City of Gastonia Design Regulations for Commercial Buildings excluding the use of block, metal or EIFS (artifical stucco) as a primary wall material throughout all the commercially zoned properties in Gastonia and requiring it on all building walls not just those visible from the street.

Building Materials

1. At least Seventy-five (75) percent of the area below the fascia of any non-residential building face (excluding industrial uses) including doors and windows shall be finished with one (1) or more of the materials designated as primary as listed below, with the remaining percentage consisting of any materials listed below subject to applicable building code requirements. This shall apply to all building facades. (NOTE: The Administrator shall have the authority to approve building materials not specifically listed but similar in appearance and texture to those herein listed.)

a.                     Brick, brick veneer or polystyrene faced with real brick veneers and field applied jointing. (Primary)

b.                     Decorative CMU (concrete masonry unit) concrete block. (Non-Primary)

c.                     Pre-cast or field-poured tilt concrete panels with texture (such as exposed aggregate) and/or architectural detailing. (Primary)

d.                     Stone, stone veneer, lath applied stone and cultured stone. (Primary)

e.                     Flush architectural metal panels or other metal panels with architectural detailing, (Non-Primary) but not including sheet metal panels of "R" or similar corrugated and/or ribbed configuration or appearance. (Disallowed)

f.                      Stucco with architectural detailing (Primary) or artificial stucco (EPS/expanded polystyrene)"Drivet©") with architectural detailing. (Non-Primary)

g.                     Glass,  (Primary) plastic "glass," e.g., "Plexiglas  and translucent  fiberglass panels. (Non-Primary)

h.            Doors, windows and other fenestration along with their casings.

i.             Wood and wood materials designed and intended for use as exterior finish material. (Primary)

2.       Trim and similar architectural detailing shall be composed of any code-approved materials (any material may be painted; however, paint and similar coatings themselves are not considered a finish material for the purpose of this list.)

3.       Portions of roof visible from adjacent public street shall not have shiny surface appearance similar to aluminized or galvanized metal however baked on paint metal roofs   shall be allowed.

4.       Regardless of visibility from a public street or adjoining residential property, all facades of a building shall use materials consistent with those used on the front of the building and should he designed with similar detailing and be comparable in quality.