Exterior Panels/Cladding

NCAA Headquarters Expansion, Indianapolis, IN

Terracotta Treasure

The NCAA Headquarters expansion by RATIO, features an ALPHATON terracotta rainscreen in a standard finish. The system allows air to circulate behind its panels, creating pressure equalization that prevents water from being drawn into the building. A vapor barrier on the outside face of the system’s back-up wall serves as a final deterrent against air and water penetration. The extruded double-leaf panels are available in 18 standard colors and glazings, and can be incorporated in horizontal or vertical support systems.


Metal Panel Distinction

QuadCore represents a leap in technology within the insulated metal panel market. A Kingspan panel ordered with QuadCore and a Valspar Fluropon Pure coating earns a Red List Free declaration—the only metal panel in the world to earn that distinction. Additionally, QuadCore delivers thermal performance: it is certified as the most thermally-efficient, closed-cell insulation material in the insulated metal panel market. QuadCore surpasses all other closed-cell insulated panel systems when it comes to fire performance and fire resistance. Judge’s Comment: “While the idea of an insulated metal panel is not new, the efforts to create a high-performance panel that does not c

Zurich North America Headquarters Schaumburg, Ill.

A Pillar of Stability and Strength

Typically, the only time you deal with an insurance company is when facing a loss or tragedy. That’s why global insurance provider, Zurich, commissioned their new North American headquarters to be a pillar of “stability and strength” for all who view it, in Schaumburg, Ill.—where they’ve been had a local presence for a century. The 783,800-sq.-ft. complex is composed of three primary buildings or “bars,” each 95-ft. wide × 395-ft., 425-ft. and 485-ft. long, respectively. The lower two bars are angled to optimize solar orientation and minimize sound from the neighboring interstate, while the top bar—soaring 11 stories—is cantilevered


Utility Plant Turned Landmark

The 55-story 181 Fremont high-rise features a distinct sawtooth patterned façade which dictates that window mullions in the curtainwall angle slightly in against one another, essentially functioning as a shading device. Vitro’s triple-silver-coated Solarban 70XL glass blocks 70% of the sun’s heat energy while enabling 65% of the ambient daylight to pass through.


Modern Character at High-Tech Headquarters

Zoller, a German manufacturer of high-precision equipment, achieves distinct, corporate-branded façade with building envelope customization. Zoller is a German manufacturer of high-tech, high-precision equipment and software with worldwide distribution, says David Gebhardt, president, David R. Gebhardt Architect P.C., the firm responsible for the building’s design. “It was important that this sense of precision and craftsmanship was carried over into the façade via detail, crisp lines, and an over arching modern character.”

The Pablo Center at the Confluence, Eau Claire, Wisc.

Metal Panels for Shape and Shadow

Designers with New York City-based Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture brought together a mix of cladding materials in their plans for The Pablo Center at the Confluence, a new Eau Claire, Wisc., performing arts space. These include local stone, copper sheathing and almost 29,000 sq. ft. of Insul-Rib insulated metal panels. The panels’ 1.5-in.-high ribs on 7.2-in. centers attracted the designers for the depth they add to the building’s exterior. 


Side-Swiping Surfaces

ALTA Long Island City, a 43-story residential tower in Long Island City, N.Y., needed an update. After glass curtainwall and window wall pricing for an acoustically challenged sight came back as cost prohibitive, the redesign by Stephen B. Jacobs Group Architects and Planners (SBJ Group) prescribed a Porcelanosa exterior tile system to clad the building.“We used two colors—Cubica, the dark one, and the other was Extreme White,” recalls SBJ principal, Isaac Daniel Astrachan. “We decided to do punched openings on lower floors and transition to window walls on the upper floors. In between the two, they are staggered as it transitions.” Astrachan was so pleased

Albion Library, Toronto, Ontario

A ‘Welcome Mat’ for the Community

New libraries aren’t built every day, especially when there’s one already serving the community. But the influx of new immigrants into Toronto’s post-war Rexdale suburb prompted the city’s progressive, neighborhood-focused public library authority to replace it with a more enticing, comprehensive, and service-minded version. “Providing services to immigrants was a design and program priority, a ‘welcome mat’ for the community,” explains Andrew Frontini, Principal of Perkins + Will Toronto and architect of the project.The main challenge for the local office of Perkins+Will was to bring natural light into the tight, square form dictated by t


Colorful Transformation

Formerly a well-worn plastics manufacturing facility, the new Technology Campus expansion for South Texas College in McCallen, Texas, features a standout façade clad in Alucobond aluminum composite material panels that highlight the school’s signature colors. The custom green, violet and silver-metallic hues specified by designers at Hidalgo, Texas-based EGV Architects offer a hard-to-miss counterpoint to neutral brick and split-face block. The panels’ durable finish promises to stand up to years of exposure to the Texas sun.

Kent Police Station, Kent, Ohio

Transitional Appeal

The new Kent Police Station in Kent, Ohio, features design elements that blend well with all its neighbors. Designers with the local firm DS Architecture opted for a combination of Formawall metal plate and Ecoscreen perforated screenwall, both in a brick-like Allura Terra Cotta finish, to reflect both contemporary clean lines and the downtown’s historic hues.