The Summit serves as social retreat for adults 50 and older.
In 2010, the city of Grand Prairie, Texas, would open The Summit activity center. It was to be a gathering place for active adults, with exercise rooms, banquet halls, classrooms, and other amenities available in the 60,000-square-foot space.
Architects in Grand Prairie sought sophistication and energy efficiency in their design of the recreational and meetings facility. The Summit center would serve adults ages 50 and older.
Designers chose McNICHOLS Perforated Metal based on the product's ability to reduce solar impact and provide a visually appealing, sleek look.
A series of Perforated Metal canopies provide shelter from the sun, cool the interior, and lower utility bills as a result. As tall as two stories and as wide as nearly 23 feet, the panels have a light, airy appearance. Canopies on the building face follow a curved radius, adding dimension as well as structural reinforcement. At night, they provide a backdrop for decorative lighting displays.
Meanwhile, Perforated Metal panels applied to the face of steel columns help circulate air and transmit light.
The facility features more than 1,000 Perforated Metal panels in two varieties. Larger panels are .250" thick Aluminum with 1/4" round holes on 1/2" staggered centers. The smaller panels are .125" thick Aluminum with 3/16" round holes on 5/16" staggered centers.