Clemson Pride Shines with Metal Panels

Oct. 1, 2016
Known as the Oculus, the iconic structure is a statement piece clad with metal wall panels.
Clemson, SC
CHALLENGE:At Clemson University, the west end zone of Clemson Memorial Stadium has a statement piece that is clad metal wall panels. Known as the Oculus of the WestZone Complex, the iconic structure serves as the center of the Clemson Athletic District. Architect LS3P was asked to renovate the existing west end zone and include a new pedestrian bridge and tower. SOLUTION:LS3P selected 0.08-in. aluminum Dri-Design Painted Aluminum Panels in a silver color. The metal accentuates the tower while providing a shimmering effect. During the day, sunlight modulates the intensity of the material, and accent lighting causes a dramatic effect at night. Pickens Roofing installed 21,625 sq. ft. of the panels. Dri-Design panels are unlike others because they are a true single skin metal panel system, not laminated or a composite. Sealants, gaskets, caulk and tape are not needed for any Dri-Design installation. The panels, therefore, will not streak. Dri-Design panels are 100% recyclable, available in any painted color, and are sized and detailed to meet the specific requirements of each project. “A metal panel rainscreen was selected because it could easily be faceted to clad the cylindrical geometry of the tower,” says Jaime Henderson, associate architect with LS3P. “The rainscreen system did not require any sealants or gaskets, which was an important maintenance consideration for a 140-ft.-tall tower.” LS3P also appreciated that Dri-Design panels are an integrated system that does not have separate panel and reveal pieces. This feature allows installations to be completed faster and with increased precision. “The speed of installation proved to be vital, as the project had to be complete by the start of football season,” Henderson says. “Scheduling of scaffolding and other concurrent work mandated a quick installation.” The Oculus was the final phase of the WestZone Complex three-phase project. The 6000-sq.-ft. addition has four levels and serves as a gateway to the stadium and Tiger’s pride. This tower complements Tillman Hall bell tower by perfectly aligning along a campus axis. null

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