Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport greets visitors with a new baggage claim area.
Passengers flying at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee are now greeted by a new baggage claim area. The high-traffic area needed a durable interior and exterior material that also improved the aesthetics to enhance passengers’ experiences.
“There are various infill, wall and column cover conditions where metal panels could achieve that level of durability, provide a long-lasting color and finish, and be easy to maintain,” says Debra Sider, principal with Engberg Anderson Architects, Milwaukee. “In addition, the panels were installed in both existing and new construction locations. From an aesthetic perspective, the metal panels provided continuity across the overall building.”
The white panels were used outside, and the silver panels were used for an interior feature wall, which runs the length of the building and through to the exterior. This feature wall adds a mosaic quality to the interior space, consistent with other design features in the project.
Skylights that run the length of the building illuminate the panels, bringing a reflective and color-changing quality to the multi-dimensional wall. The smooth-finish white panels blend with the other white clad buildings adjacent to the baggage claim.
“The dimensional feature wall is very dynamic, both elegant and playful at the same time,” Sider says. “The flat panels used on the column covers and other exterior walls are stunning. Metal panels were installed using a rainscreen system that meets our constructability standards. The details work well with the other exterior glass and precast materials.”
Single-source supplier Dri-Design manufactured Shadow Series wall panels, standard fl at wall panels, and column covers for the renovation and expansion project.
The 0.08-in. aluminum standard and Shadow Series wall panels were finished in Bone White and Bright Silver. They were installed by Architectural Products of Wausau, Wausau, Wisc. Shadow Series panels can be manufactured with varying depths. This freedom to design each panel gives you an unlimited capacity to create a dynamic, one-of-a-kind surface on nearly any façade. The substrate or weather barrier do not need to be modified.