Exterior Panels/Cladding

See the Light

The UniQuad translucent wall system was installed in The Pavilion at Ole Miss to illuminate the arena floor during games, concerts, and school performances. The system provides an abundance of natural light that diffuses throughout the facility from a 50-ft. elevation down to the stadium’s entrance and arena floor, while reducing both glare and the amount of energy required in the building.

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Shady Situation

When architects with SmithGroup’s Phoenix office began planning the entry for the new Eloy City Hall in Eloy, Ariz., Corten metal was their first choice for the shade-providing canopy. When that material proved too costly, they turned to perforated 0.05-gauge aluminum PAC-CLAD 7.2 panels in an Aged Copper finish. The panels are installed on the underside of the canopy structure, with LEDs installed above. The lighting creates added visual interest once the sun goes down, and clearly identifies the entrance for residents.

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Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, Seattle, Wa.

Focused on Transparency and Accessibility to All

Construction of the 105,000-sq.-ft. Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture completed a few months ago on the University of Washington campus. The Burke is the oldest public museum in Washington State, with a collection of more than 16-million artifacts and specimens, ranging from totem poles and gemstones to dinosaur fossils. The mission of the museum is to care for and share natural and cultural collections so all people can learn, be inspired, generate knowledge, feel joy and heal. Designed by principal Tom Kundig and built by Skanska, the recently built facility features brand new exhibits, research facilities and a new approach to discovery and learning about history and heri

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Siding Completes Renovation at Boston-Area Condo

The Residences at Atlantis Marina condominium complex replaces fiber cement with durable siding. The condominiums were built in 2007 and initially clad in fiber cement siding. Just 10 years later, its seaside locale, combined with a poor original installation, resulted in severe damage to the building’s exterior. According to PointsNorth Construction Management owner Nick Hall, this was the worst fiber cement siding failure he had seen in his career.“Typically, if there is going to be a failure with a fiber cement building envelope, you’ll know it within the first five years. Unfortunately, that was the case here and the system failure just got worse and worse,” added

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Grocery Store/Office Transformed into a College Campus

Antelope Valley College focused on its future with a retrofit project that created the Palmdale Center that was an existing grocery store with attached office building. The retrofit market is filled with opportunity for the building owners who are willing to reinvest in structures. Antelope Valley College focused on its future with a retrofit project that created the Palmdale Center in Palmdale, Calif. With the project, the college now has a self-contained satellite campus that once was an existing grocery store with an attached medical office building.

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Winter-Proof Walls

Winters in Traverse City can be brutal, so when planning its proposed four-story, 47,000-sq.-ft. Trailside45 apartment building in the northern Michigan town, owner, developer, contractor and operator, Westwind Construction, knew it needed a durable, energy-efficient exterior wall system that would also be attractive and easy to maintain. At first, the company tried life-sized samples of a stenciled brick design for the exterior wall. That didn’t achieve the look the design team wanted, so it explored other options.“We envisioned a modern, contemporary design and wanted a versatile exterior appearance, using as many textures as possible to provide exterior character,” said

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Clip It

ExoClad Rainscreen QuickClips accommodate natural swelling and shrinkage of wood siding throughout the year. The devices compress to absorb wood’s expansion during humid periods and then move boards back into place during dryer periods. They are designed to work with a range of wood materials and provide a 0.75-in. stand-off from the structure. They can be drilled directly into studs over building wrap, eliminating the need for furring strips.

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Community Matters

Designers with the Maine- and Boston-based AE firm Harriman opted for Panel 20 metal panels in their plans for the new Sargent Family Center on Presque Isle, Maine. Featuring a two-piece aluminum molding system with a 0.075-in. thermoset phenolic resin core, the panels are designed to create a sealed exterior that keeps all moisture away from a building’s structure. They also incorporate a raised profile that creates an accent shadow and a sense of depth. Numerous finishes are available–this project highlights champagne anodized and clear anodized options.

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Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Eastvale, Calif.

Wall Panels Vibrantly Cover New STEM Academy

A new 107,000-sq.-ft. academy was built as part of the Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, Calif. Due to the increasing demand of jobs in STEM fields, Corona Norco Unified School District in Eastvale, Calif., decided it was time to start producing more STEM graduates from its district.  The new two-building school has 18 classrooms and 13 labs for robotics, 3D printing, manufacturing, health science, medical technology and other areas. It also includes a student resource center, a research lounge, a covered outdoor lunch area and a 600-seat amphitheater. The eSTEM Academy gives approximately 1,000 students the opportunity to specialize in two career paths, including Medical

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Metal Magic

Not quite the lead employed by Dublin’s McCullough Mulvin Architects, but the prePATINA LINE—Living Material, is a naturally preweathered surface available in blue-gray and prePATINA graphite-gray. The product develops a natural patina; is durable and low to no-maintenance and 100% recyclable. The product is easy to profile; malleable and bendable, and includes a wide assortment of roof drainage goods and accessories.

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