The ability to balance design, cost and function can sometimes be a complicated, lengthy and expensive process. Kalwall provides a balanced solution.
Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design (JBAD) of Columbus needed a signature element in their expansion of a historic 1920’s era warehouse that is home to Middle West Spirits, an artisan small batch distillery.
In addition to a tasting room, bottle shop and office, the expansion needed to accommodate new distillery equipment to increase production, including two new towering stills, one 50-foot (15 m) high and the other 35-foot (11 m) high, as well as several large mashing tanks.
The architect and builder were looking for a single-source cladding solution that was within budget and could meet their timetables.
There are cases such as The Middle West Spirits expansion project, when one element can make everything come together. In this instance, that element turned out to be Kalwall translucent sandwich panels.
Working within a restricted footprint, a center portion of the 10,000-square-foot (3,000+ m) warehouse’s original steel bow truss and wood roof was removed. Kalwall panels wereused to clad the entire new structure, creating what the architect describes as a monolithic translucent white tower with both a striking and subtle daytime presence and a glowing, beacon-like quality at night. The adjacent tasting room was positioned to have a striking view of the distillery.
In addition to being a distinctive feature, Kalwall translucent sandwich panels provide the owners with a bright space that allows them to easily monitor the equipment within the distillery. Kalwall’s daylight modelling service allowed the architects to design the building so that different elevations transmit different amounts of light to provide completely balanced, museum-quality daylighting. And while Kalwall panels provided a solution that fulfilled the required design and function aspects, they were also particularly appealing for the cost savings.
The decision to clad the building with Kalwall was made after the excavation work had started. After Kalwall's shop drawings were issued, the builders learned that they could eliminate quite a bit of the steel behind the panels due to the span capability and the lightweight nature of Kalwall. This was an unexpected cost-savings to the team.