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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.


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


Streetscape Comes Alive

Dri-Design Wall Panels with Perforated Imaging are featured at the entrances of the Mills Fleet Farm Parking Garage; they depict a natural woods scene that enlivens the streetscape and provides much needed parking for local venues in the Downtown East neighborhood of Minneapolis. 


Building with a Backbone

The gentle curving façade of the HealthPartners Neuroscience Center in St. Paul, Minn., is meant to evoke the idea of a human spine, and that sense of movement is emphasized through the pairing of a metal-panel rainscreen system against reflective curtainwall glazing. The vision of hometown architects BWBR was realized through the use of smaller than usual panels to create a more monolithic appearance and to simplify installation on the curved façade surface.


Science Meets Art at Luxury Chicago Hotel

As the name implies, Hotel EMC2—as in Albert Einstein’s mass-energy equivalence or E=mc2—is a science-themed hotel. Located in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, it was designed to be inspired by science, art and cuisine. KOO Associates was asked to develop a tower façade that fit a hotel-room module, introduce a diagonal geometry to the façade and use a subtle but identifiable color range to make a pattern, explains Kevin Parzych, architectural designer for KOO and Assocs. The architects did consider brick veneer, but the metal wall panels were a lighter, more dynamic option. The Dri-Design metal panels also offer rainscreen capabilities, meet NFPA 285 and have a w


Soccer Stadium Boasts 'Lion Pride'

“Our new facility truly reflects the energy and intensity of the growing soccer market here in the United States,” says Orlando City Soccer Club CEO Alex Leitao. “From the start, Populous understood we were designing for soccer first, everything else came second. As a result, we’re extremely proud of the new home they have helped us create for the Orlando City SC and Orlando Pride.”The new Orlando City Stadium wanted to show off its “Lion Nation Pride” as it installed custom perforated panels with the trademark lion symbol of the Orlando City Soccer Club Orlando Pride National Women’s Soccer League team. Opening for the 2017 season, the 290,000

LEDS highlight and shade the angles of the metallic exterior panels.

Science Center Goes for Industrial Look

The $15 million Applied Science Center at Ventura College in Ventura, Calif., brings needed technology-centered learning to the community. The center was looking to create the desired industrial feel with its exterior wall panels. Trying to mimic the tech theme of the Applied Science Center, exterior wall panels created the desired industrial feel look while adding excitement to the campus. Metal panels are the ideal choice when technology is the driving force of a building’s purpose and design. For the community college, the dimension of the panels—along with the color selection— speak to the high-tech work going on inside.