Exterior Panels/Cladding

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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OTTO Brewerytown, Philadelphia, Pa.

Unique Façade Created for Philadelphia Condos

Architects, like ISA Architects on the OTTO Brewerytown, are getting very creative with using multiple metal wall panel profiles on their projects, along with combining a variety of colors, panel orientation, and both solid and perforated panels. OTTO Brewerytown is a two-building, two-phase project, with a total of 52 high-end, high-tech condo units. It is located in a rapidly developing neighborhood, just five minutes to Philadelphia’s Center City. Phase one was completed last year, which consisted of 20 units, and in February of this year, ground was broken on phase two, for 32 more units.

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Mercy Health Muskegon Medical Center, Muskegon, Mich.

Medical Center Becomes Signature Building on Hospital Campus

Architects chose several building envelope solutions during the planning phase so that owners could achieve several key objectives: creating a signature building for the entire campus and contributing to LEED certification for green buildings. Mercy Health Muskegon Medical Center in Muskegon, Mich., a $271-million, 10-story health care facility, doubles the amount of floor space for medical staff to treat patients. The facility boasts nearly 300 private patient rooms, serves as the new home for the emergency department, and houses state-of-the-art surgical units. For the building’s exterior, designers sought to create visual interest while also delivering versatility and optimal perfor

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Alan Apartments, Mesa, Ariz.

Modern Metal-Clad Apartments Are Bright Standout

Building authorities initially took a dim view of the project’s proposed sharp angles and mixed materials, which stood in high contrast to the surrounding beige stucco. The 17-unit, townhome-style Alan Apartments project in Mesa, Ariz., quickly leased out, once construction was completed in late 2018—but it took some doing to get its unique exterior past city planners.  “This project was made to stand out, and not look like all the boring beige houses around it—on purpose it doesn’t look like anything in the area,” says architect Tim Boyle, principal of Tim Boyle Design. “It was rejected by city staff five times because of how it looks, but we s

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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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