As a retrofit project, the new Astrobotic facility presented challenges in meeting new code requirements for the existing structure while also creating a fresh and contemporary facade.
“We started with the front facade, which serves as the first impression to Astrobotic’s new headquarters and understood the need to have a simple approach while also adding subtle dimensionality to the building,” said James Lennon, project manager from AE7, the architectural firm for the project.INFLUENCE:
To deliver a modern facility that reflected Astrobotic’s innovative work and position the company as the epicenter of America’s efforts to return to the Moon, architects turned to CENTRIA for a state-of-the-art building envelope system for the former touchscreen manufacturing facility, bakery, and post office distribution and vehicle repair center.SOLUTION:
Crews installed 2,400 square feet of vertical Regal White Formawall Dimension Series panels to deliver continuous insulation, high R-values, and a modern exterior cladding aesthetic.
“CENTRIA Formawall panels helped us achieve that design goal and meet code and performance requirements in the upgrade,” Lennon said.
Formawall Dimension Series insulated metal panels combine unprecedented design freedom with unmatched performance. By consolidating six wall components into one product, Formawall creates distinct architectural wall profiles to match any building design. With pressure-equalized end joints and integration with most glass wall, window, and louver systems, Formawall minimizes potential for gaps and prevents water infiltration.
Additionally, the project team worked with CENTRIA to design custom fins for the entry to create depth, shadow, and randomization. Coordination with CENTRIA engineers allowed for the integration of angled plate aluminum in matching Regal White that concealed fasteners and worked with the standard panel system while adding a dynamic element to front facade.