Environmental Needs Met by Metal Panels

The 52, 000-square-foot new Natural Sciences Building at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington, features 6,592 square feet of Kalzip TF8OOR on its exterior walls from Kalzip, Michigan City, Indiana.  The three-story building was designed to complement an existing science lab and classroom building on the western edge of the campus.  The Kalzip 0.040-aluminum decor helped fulfill both aesthetic and functional needs.  Kalzip also provided extruded aluminum flashings to colour match the panels.

Ben Dalton of Miller Hull Partnership, Seattle, was the project manager and the firm was architect of record for the project.  The project was completed in October 2008. 

“Our design started with a fiber composite panel that was rather high end,” Dalton said.  “The change to metal was actually a value added decision initiated by the owner.  We chose Kalzip because it was unique and reinforced the linear building elements.  It was something we hadn’t used before and turned out to be less expensive.  The panels were very easy to install and the panel profile does a great job of concealing the fasteners.  We’re very pleased with the result.”

Kalzip’s products provide colour fastness, adhesion and resistance to extreme weather conditions and can be reused or recycled at the end of the building’s life cycle.  Kalzip’s TF8OOR system offers a twin-triangular micro ribbed profile that creates a sleek appearance through the interplay of light and shade to highlight the individuality and character of a building.

The new Natural Sciences building targets LEED Gold certification and sits in a wooded environment.  It provides specialized instruction for geology, physics, anatomy, chemistry and microbiology.  It also helps create a Natural Sciences Complex that is purposely clustered around storm water detention pond, which encourages using the site’s water management as an active educational tool.

For more information on Kalzip products click here.  You can also visit our website for information on walls, roofing, insulated panels and framing.

Source:  http://www.metalarchitecture.com

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