Renovated sports arena enhances appearance and fan experience.
In the mid-2000s, an addition to the Clemson Littlejohn Coliseum at Clemson University was completed. But the institution’s popular sports program quickly outgrew the facility. Additionally, the exterior steel cladding plates were originally uninsulated, which transferred an excessive amount of radiant heat into the facility; a more energy-efficient solution was needed for the new building envelope. Visually, the addition was not unified with the rest of the exterior, so a new design had to bring together both the existing and new portions of the stadium.
CENTRIA’s Formawall insulated metal panels were selected to address both aesthetic and technical challenges with the structure. These metal panels in Arctic Ice and Slate Grey, in addition to IW Series rainscreen panels in Midnight Bronze, and smooth BR5-36 panels improved the building’s overall appearance. CENTRIA’s panels also offered an opportunity to clad the facility in an insulated skin, thereby diminishing the likelihood of air or water infiltration, in addition to providing the desired level of insulation.
The uniquely multi-purpose capabilities of CENTRIA’s insulated metal panels allowed the project team to achieve the building’s design and performance objectives. Because of the architect’s familiarity with CENTRIA and its products—and their cost effectiveness—the panels were ideal for the project and its budgetary needs, further illustrating how they satisfied a wide range of criteria. Through a series of design studies, the team collaborated with both the athletics director and the campus planner to develop the facility design that reflected the character of the campus precinct in which the facility was located, and the aspirations of the Athletics Department,” says Scott May, Principal at LS3P, the architecture firm responsible for the design. “This level of collaboration extended to the choice of metal panels: The LS3P-led design team had used CENTRIA insulated metal panels on several previous commissions, and the team was familiar with the array of available panel offerings, colors, and properties. We evaluated a number of products but returned to CENTRIA not only for its familiarity and price point, but also because a trusted installer familiar with CENTRIA was brought on by the construction manager to complete the installation. This combination of factors made sense for the Coliseum.”