Exterior Panels/Cladding

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum, Colorado Springs, Colo.

“A Museum of Hopes and Dreams” Celebrates Team USA

Inspired by an athlete springing into motion, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum  exterior appears as four petal-like pieces spinning out from a central atrium.  Tasked with constructing the museum’s exterior, MG McGrath, sought to create a skin that matched architecture firm Diller, Scofidio + Renfro’s vision of a building structure and overall exterior visual effect that encapsulated the passion, dedication and endurance of an Olympic athlete in perpetual motion.

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NASA Langley Research Center

NASA Showcases Modernity and Innovation

Groundbreaking began on NASA Langley’s largest laboratory in April 2017, and the $96 million project is part of a revitalization plan that will replace and repurpose the site’s facilities. For NASA, the building showcases their commitment to modernity and innovation. “This is going to advance and ensure the capabilities the agency must have for mission success, as well as pave the way for Langley’s future as we enter our 100th year,” said Dave Bowles, director NASA Langley Research Center.  A façade that reflected thsose values was needed.

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Terraçade tiles are made from natural clay material for durability, maximum strength and impact resistance.

Earth Bound

Terraçade is Glen-Gery’s first-ever ceramic façade cladding system designed and created to appeal to both creative and practical applications. The system is offered in a range of colors and finishes, as well as a wide array of accessories and system components to make installation quick and easy. It also provides fire resistance, maximum strength and impact resistance. The system can easily withstand all forms of extreme weather, from intense UV and heat, to heavy storms and freezing temperatures, and design versatility to meet diverse architectural and design styles. The tiles are engineered not to fade or change color; they are durable and energy efficient. In fact, the tiles have a

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“Articulated Cloud” on the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh by Koning/Eizenber in collaboration with artist Ned Kahn

Dynamic Day or Night

EXTECH’s KINETICWALL is a dynamic moving building façade that creates an eye-catching aesthetic. Made of 6-in. flappers attached to stainless steel rods, the KINETICWALL responds to wind currents and undulates to create the look of rolling waves. The wall is customizable and can be designed to accommodate square or curved polycarbonate, glass, aluminum or steel flappers. Shown is the “Articulated Cloud” on the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh by Koning/Eizenber in collaboration with artist Ned Kahn.

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Schellhase Commons  at Ursinus College Collegeville, Pa.

Pennsylvania College Merges Classic and Modern

Schellhase Commons on the Ursinus College campus is home to bustling social activity for students, as well as a welcoming place for prospective students, a gathering space for alumni and a meeting spot for the local community. In the design phase, Schellhase Commons was envisioned as a 16,800-sq.-ft. addition to Keigwin Hall and would be the product of new construction and renovation. The charge was to maintain the historical nature of the hall and fuse it with the new space, which would house a bookstore, an entertainment area and an admissions suite with meeting rooms. Architects needed a building envelope solution for Schellhase Commons that would be both classic and modern, tying the his

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American Airlines Hangar 2 O’Hare Intl. Airport, Chicago

O’Hare Airport Expands Service at New Hangar

As American Airlines sought to improve operations and service its fleet efficiently, it embarked on the task of buildinga new double wide-body aircraft maintenance hangar at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Dubbed Hangar 2, the 194,000-sq.-ft. facility became the largest on the airfield at O’Hare, which is also the airline’s third-largest hub. The longest-span structure for a maintenance hangar, Hangar 2 features dual entries and allows for more overnight workload capacity and daylight harvesting to reduce overhead lighting throughout the day. It also provides ancillary support functions, including a general back shop, component staging area and storage areas. Designer

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No Holes in this Plan

The Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State brings together many materials to create a modern space. Dri-Design’s Perforated Imaging Panels were used to create the school’s logo in the Lear Auditorium. The panels were installed over light diffusing fabric and a mounting structure. Lighting color can be changed depending on the activity taking place, be it a community or school function. On exteriors, the panels don’t impede airflow, and can provide shade without sacrificing style or design.

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Durable and Attractive Metal Accents Regional HQ

A 200,000-sq.-ft., three-story building houses the new regional headquarters for Geico in Tucson, Ariz. It occupies 20 acres of land, and includes modern workspaces, an onsite cafeteria, fitness center, credit union, and 20,000 sq. ft. of patios and outdoor space for associates to use during breaks. The building is located in The Bridges, which includes a 65-acre tech park, 112 acres of retail development and 175 acres of residential development. It is poised to be one of the most desirable employment hubs in Tucson, Ariz.

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Grand Concourse Academy Charter School, Bronx, NY

Color and Protection Highlight New Charter School

The Bronx’s Grand Concourse Academy Charter School found the right mix that helped the school stand out in the neighborhood—becoming a bright, engaging, inviting place—and stand up to the elements as well. Lubrano Ciavarra Architects (LCA) saw two great challenges when they set about designing Grand Concourse Academy Charter School. One, they needed to make the school stand out amid the sea of red brick that pervades the Bronx neighborhood. And two, they had to design a building that would stand up to the elements—wind, rain, snow and, of course, kids being kids.

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Athens High School, Athens, Texas

Metal Adds Modern Look

Façade retrofit is an effective option to consider as buildings are upgraded or converted to continue their service. Such was the case at Athens High School in Athens, Texas, which required a mix of renovation and new construction to bridge old and new buildings. To create a modern design, metal was chosen. Installed on the school were 10,800 sq. ft. of 24-gauge 12-in. PAC-CLAD Flush Panels in White and Silver finish, 17,500 sq. ft. of 24-gauge 12-in. Flush Soffit panels in White finish, and 5,500 sq. ft. of PAC-3000CS Composite Panel finished in a custom maroon school color. Cost was an issue, but ultimately the school felt the investment was made for the metal’s ability to create a d

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