Exterior Panels/Cladding

Wichita High School, Wichita, Kansas

Bullish on Education

Replacing a 1950s predecessor, the new Wichita High School Southeast in Wichita, Kansas, is its district’s first new comprehensive high school since the 1970s. Designed by the hometown firm of Schaefer Johnson Cox Fry, the new facility makes an immediate visual impact, thanks to the combination of Envelope 2000 RS metal composite material panels and tinted glass curtainwall. Highlighting the school colors of black and gold—and, with a supersized mural of the school’s gold-toned buffalo mascot, the panels’ easy installation also helped speed the aggressive two-year construction schedule. 

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Station No.14, Madison, Wi.

Daylighting of Station 14

OPN Architects was challenged to deliver a glare-free, daylit space for Station No. 14, Madison, Wisc.’s largest fire station. Battling solar heat gain and glare from the west elevation, the architects specified 2,630 sq. ft. of Kingspan’s UniQuad translucent wall panel system. Covering three sides of the multi-purpose facility—which serves as work space, gym and indoor training facility, in addition to a fire station—the translucent panels are integrated with clear glass on the east and west façades and covered with a slanted photovoltaic roof. 

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Upgrade Opportunity

When the EIFS exterior of the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s hotel began failing, the Jackson, Calif., facility’s operators decided to use the needed replacement as an opportunity for a façade upgrade. Designers with JAX Kneppers Assocs. Inc. of Walnut Creek, Calif. opted for a rainscreen system, featuring aluminum wall panels in three earth-tone finishes. Varying the depths of the panels created the illusion of pilasters at corner and column locations, while ventilated panels were installed over each room’s air-conditioning units to camouflage their appearance. Perforated panels embellished with the hotel’s logo add visual interest and provide a dramatic backdrop

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Smooth Solution

SmartSide engineered wood siding has been offered a cedar texture for several years, and now a new smooth texture has been added to the lineup. SmartSide Smooth Trim & Siding is manufactured using the same zinc borate-based process, enabling performance through a range of severe weather conditions. Color options vary by region, and the material can be pre-primed for painting. 

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Tallest Passive House Building Features Unique Colored Facade

As the tallest passive house building in the world at 26 stories, The House at Cornell Tech, designed by Handel Architects, features an innovative system of prefabricated metal panels. Triple-pane windows, mineral wool insulation and air and vapor barriers were factory-sealed into large, single-story curtainwall assemblies and then hoisted on to the building as fully integrated units. The super-tight insulation, combined with highly efficient heating, cooling and fresh-air circulation systems, reduces energy consumption by 70%, as compared to conventional designs.To really make the design pop, Handel worked with PPG to custom color the façade with Duranar MXL coatings. “We were lo

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Colorful Solution

Designers with Missoula, Mont.-based In2itive Architecture decided late in the building process to punch up the color of the façade for a new medical facility in their hometown. The four-story headquarters for Consumer Direct Care Network now features more than 18,000 sq. ft. of Envelope 2000 composite panels in Regal Blue, Sky Blue and Silver Grey. 

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Park Town Centre, Cliffside Park, N.J.

Getting Back on Track with Style

With a concentrated effort to revitalize the downtown of Cliffside Park, N.J., Park Town Centre—13 stories of rental apartments atop a two-story retail level—was eyed as a way to bring new energy into a tired business district. Find a more efficient and cost-effective structural façade system to complete a planned mixed-use development that ran into economic issues. Town officials in Cliffside Park, N.J., had big plans for revitalizing their downtown when they began assembling properties for a new, signature mixed-use development back in 2002.

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Translucent Solution

In seeking to hide its unattractive concrete cladding at the Spoke Apartment Complex parking garage in Chicago’s River West, and enabling it to blend in to the attached residential tower covered in glass and brick, Fitzgerald Assocs. Architects specified 17,430 sq. ft. of Kingspan Light + Air | CPI Daylighting’s Pentaglas cladding. The green matte glazing is not only attractive, but it facilitates the movement of daylight and natural air in and out of the garage, and helped put the mixed-use development on track to earn LEED Silver certification.

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Using Metal for Massing

Architects with Cleveland, Ohio-based Vocon were creating a streetscape, not just an apartment building, with their plans for The Quarter, a $60 million, mixed-use housing/retail development in their hometown’s Ohio City neighborhood. Varying shades of Omega-Lite ACM panels help define the shifting depths of the building’s façade. In all, more than 27,000 sq. ft. of the material in four finishes were installed using the manufacturer’s one-piece, tight-fit system.

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Panelized Stone

The new Grezzo stone panels are available in a range of panels sizes, enabling greater design and customization options. Inspired by coastal Italy, it is available in three finishes that take their names from sunny Italian beaches: Principe (shown here), San Domino and Sabbie Nere.

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