Jackson Laboratory - Zinc FacadeFarmington, Connecticut is stepping into the future of medical research with the newly completed Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. The project is part of the state’s Bioscience Connecticut Initiative meant to jump-start local research and development. Identified as the catalyst to kick-start this initiative, Jax Genomic Medicine has settled into a 16-acre parcel of land adjacent to the University of Connecticut campus, strategically located near some of the country’s top educational institutions and medical facilities. The four-story, 183,500 square-foot medical research facility features 17 “wet” biology labs and 17 “dry,” computer-based labs clustered for collaborative purposes with additional faculty offices, employee amenities, and vast spaces for large group gatherings.

Jackson Laboratory – Zinc Facade
Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Farmington, CT, RHEINZINK prePatina Blue Gray Zinc, Flatlock Facade Panels, photo by Robert Benson photography
Design of this sophisticated research facility was tasked to the team at Centerbrook Architects & Planners in concert with Tsoi Kobus & Associates out of Centerbrook, Connecticut and Cambridge, Massachusetts, respectively. The intention was two-fold, first to design a striking facility and second, to conserve funds for science while remaining sophisticated enough to draw internationally renowned scientists. For the façade of this facility, MetalTech-USA Zinc Panels were a perfect fit.

The building consists of a structural steel frame faced with Canadian limestone, glass, and 14,000 square feet of Zinc 1.0 mm prePatina Gray Zinc panels fabricated by MetalTech-USA. Centerbrook architect Andrew Santaniello cites aesthetics and longevity as being behind the choice of the exterior zinc cladding. Santaniello attests, “The zinc ages well and becomes more beautiful as the building ages. It also was a cost-effective option for metal cladding used on the project.” The Blue Gray hue of the zinc was another critical factor in its specification as Centerbrook favored a varied palette of materials and finishes that would complement each other. “The limestone has blue veining that the Blue Gray of the zinc was able to pick up on,” Santaniello adds. “It also subtly blended with the champagne and pewter colors of the aluminum curtain wall frame.”

The contours of the site provided significant design challenges and influenced the design’s shape to conform to a graceful arc while also allowing room for potential expansion as the lab continues to grow. The connecting joint of the existing facility and the prospective wing is a distinctive oval structure visually wrapping inside, providing continuity and blurring the boundary between inside and out. “Transparency was a big factor in the design of the building, and using the zinc on the interior again helps to create that continuity,” says Steve Palumbo of Tsoi Kobus & Associates.

 

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MetalTech-USA, a premier distributor and specialty fabricator of eco-friendly architectural metals, is proud to announce a partnership with Autodesk Seek in developing Revit models. These BIM files, developed in Autodesk Revit, contain both visual and numerical descriptions of their physical counterparts for use as digital elements in building simulations. Autodesk Seek is in the final stages of creating digital models for MetalTech-USA. Users will soon be able to download MetalTech’s adaptive roofing and façade components and correspondingly select the desired MetalTech-USA EcoChoice™ material. Metal finishing capabilities such as standard Prisma™ patterns and customizable PixArt™ functionality will also be showcased for design inspiration.

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MetalTech-USA Prisma pattern applied to Square Diamond Flatlock Panels.
The utilization of BIM allows AEC (Architects, Engineers, and Construction) professionals to develop drawings that contain property information about every component within the building. This innovative capability can significantly reduce costs by permitting the user to make and assess design choices in the initial phases of the design process. In the same way that CAD drawings simplified and expedited the design process, BIM is the next evolution. Seek offers intuitive product search capabilities directly within Revit for simple integration of MetalTech-USA’s products into the user’s project.

 

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MetalTech-USA, the nation’s premier distributor of sheet, coil, and finished architectural metal systems is literally broadening its horizons while aiming to quickly become the pre-eminent provider in the Latin American market. With LEED and Green Building projects on the rise, President Nils Simonsen has identified interesting business opportunities for MetalTech-USA south of the border. Simonsen cites, “the market development for LEED and other green building initiatives in Latin America is still coming forth and we hope to get in on the ground floor. By utilizing our EcoChoice™ materials and efficient cladding systems, we seek to introduce the sustainability component of our growing value proposition to our current and future customers in Latin America.”

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This exciting new undertaking will be facilitated by the newest addition to the MetalTech-USA team, Miss Andrea Ramirez Leon, in the position of In-house Legal Counsel. Miss Ramirez Leon holds dual degrees in law from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico and Emory University School of Law in Atlanta allowing her to practice in both the United States and Mexico. She will work alongside MetalTech-USA’s growing sales team in expanding the business and positioning the company as the preferred specialty fabricator of architectural systems for high-end metals in the Latin American market. Working closely with architects and specifiers, Miss Ramirez Leon will acquaint them with the latest useful information regarding architectural metals and systems, providing additional tools and ideas to incorporate into their creative work.

Miss Ramirez Leon noted, relative to her new appointment, “I appreciate and welcome the opportunity to combine and apply my years of experience working as a business attorney in Mexico with my more recently acquired academic credentials in US law. MetalTech-USA’s success in the Latin American market, will undoubtedly translate in enriching my career and I’m excited to face the day to day challenges of working in this dynamic, emerging market.” Miss Ramirez Leon’s diverse professional experience, in conjunction with her multicultural background and proficiency in different languages such as English, Spanish, and Portuguese, will enable her to be the perfect liaison between MetalTech-USA and our new Latin American clients. “By acting as a bridge to facilitate the communication between our customers in Latin America and MetalTech-USA, my hope is that in addition to loving our products, our clients feel 100% satisfied with our customer service because we not only speak their professional language but also their native one.”

MetalTech-USA welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with future customers to develop an enduring and achievable vision for green building in Latin America.

Bienvenida Andrea!

MetalTech-USA is a premier distributor and specialty fabricator of eco-friendly architectural metals that specializes in roofing, rainwater, soffit and cladding systems. For more information, visit www.metaltech-usa.com, or call 770-486-8825.

 

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has expanded their gaming empire with the addition of the Wind Creek Wetumpka Casino, Alabama’s newest and largest. Completed in December of 2013, this $250 million gaming casino features an 85,000 square foot gaming floor with 2,500 games and an attached 20 story luxury hotel to capitalize on the spectacular views of the nearby Coosa River. MetalTech-USA Flatlock panels were chosen to clad much of the façade of this remarkable facility augmenting the diverse, natural material palette.

As part of a multi-phase development plan, improvements included an expansion to the parking garage structure, a 2,500 position casino, lobby rotunda, food and beverage amenities, and a new entry porte-cochere to support the new casino experience. The on-site positioning of the casino was designed to allow room for further expansion while also “maintain a respectful relationship with the nearby historical archaeological area,” cites Wind Creek Wetumpka Property Manager Cody Williamson. The intended design of the Wind Creek expansion is meant to reflect the concept “shaped through time” via “the prominence of wind, water, and nature in tribal culture,” as well as the significance of the “ribbon dance” as it relates to tribal heritage according to Wind Creek. Wind Creek had these concepts incorporated in the design stating that “the building forms evoke the sense of movement and curve gently, echoing the organic flow of the river below” and the “two distinct volumes that individually represent the flow of wind and water across the site.”

 

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Residents of Denver’s prestigious Wash Park will be welcoming new neighbors to their ‘hood, compliments of the newly completed My Block Washington Park apartments on the south side of Speer Boulevard along Washington. The contemporary feel of this scrape-off, typical in a historic area experiencing revitalization, blends seamlessly among vintage edifices and modern duplexes. My Block, located on the outskirts of the neighborhood named for its expansive urban oasis, rises five stories above the tree-lined streets with 107, one and two bedroom units.

 

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MetalTech-USA Clads One of the Nation’s Top Pediatric Hospitals in 13,000 square feet of Stainless Steel Flatlock

Children’s Hospital Colorado, recognized as one of the leading pediatric facilities in the nation, has expanded onward and southward to the burgeoning southern communities of Denver. The close of 2013 welcomed the opening of Children’s Hospital Colorado South Campus in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. This satellite campus includes urgent and ambulatory care and outpatient and inpatient beds. At four stories and 182,000 square feet, Children’s South was designed with the future capacity to expand as it’s already expected to host nearly 80,000 patients during its first year.

FKP Architects was charged with the task of creating an expansion reminiscent of the hub in Aurora while also imbuing a vibrancy befitting Children’s Hospital Colorado. In the design phase, project designers Paul Asteris and Michael Shirley of FKP met with senior leaders at Children’s to delineate “guiding principles.” One such principle was to extend the Children’s “brand” as defined by their values and the components of their existing facilities in which they identify. Several materials were identified as part of their brand for the façade design. The stainless steel panel system was one of the materials and how FKP envisioned it as part of the Children’s brand. “Although we tried to accomplish a building that was new and fun for the kids, we also needed a link to all the Children’s facilities,” explained Asteris. The main campus in Aurora has stainless steel panels; however, for this offshoot, FKP desired material exuding a little more vibrancy. Zinc and aluminum panels with an iridescent coating were considered, but after receiving stainless steel samples from MetalTech-USA with more “sparkle” than previously reviewed, FKP settled on stainless steel to adhere to the guiding principles as well as control costs. MetalTech-USA was chosen to fabricate the wall system, cladding the façade with 13,000 square feet of 22 gauge, #4 Polish Stainless Steel Flatlock Panels.

 

 

Travelers passing through Frisco, Texas will notice some new real estate has sprung up along the Dallas North Tollway. Hall Financial Group, owner of the award-winning 162-acre development in Frisco has finished construction on T1, its 16th building in Hall Office Park.

This 8-story, 204,000 square foot Class AA office building was designed to project a “sophisticated, international aesthetic.” Its striking design was intended to intermingle seamlessly, like another beautiful piece of art, amid HOP’s Texas Sculpture Park, a collection of 40 contemporary works displayed throughout the sprawling campus.
“The building has a minimalist design nature at heart, as it’s wholly about evoking the beauty from simple/natural materials and shapes,” states HKS architectural design team member Dustin Siegrist. Amongst the several million square feet of office space in HOP, T1 “truly pops in an exciting and unexpected way” much of which is due to the material selection, proclaims Siegrist. Rheinzink (1.0mm) pre-patina Blue Gray Zinc Interlocking Reveal Panels were chosen to clad the facade. Zinc was selected for this project for the beautiful patina that develops as it ages, Siegrist notes, “giv[ing] the building skin a deeper and richer connection with nature.” Over 16,000 square feet of Blue Gray Interlocking Reveal Panels, flanked by 10-foot sheets of glass, swathe the facade, banding the building’s massing.

 

MetalTech-USA Outfits New Hall Office Park Stunner in Zinc
7/21/2014

Hall Office Park, Frisco, TX, Rheinzink prePatina Blue Gray Interlocking Reveal Panels, Photo by Roger Hein

Travelers passing through Frisco, Texas will notice some new real estate has sprung up along the Dallas North Tollway. Hall Financial Group, owner of the award-winning 162-acre development in Frisco has finished construction on T1, its 16th building in Hall Office Park.
This 8-story, 204,000 square foot Class AA office building was designed to project a “sophisticated, international aesthetic.” Its striking design was intended to intermingle seamlessly, like another beautiful piece of art, amid HOP’s Texas Sculpture Park, a collection of 40 contemporary works displayed throughout the sprawling campus.
“The building has a minimalist design nature at heart, as it’s wholly about evoking the beauty from simple/natural materials and shapes,” states HKS architectural design team member Dustin Siegrist. Amongst the several million square feet of office space in HOP, T1 “truly pops in an exciting and unexpected way” much of which is due to the material selection, proclaims Siegrist. Rheinzink (1.0mm) pre-patina Blue Gray Zinc Interlocking Reveal Panels were chosen to clad the facade. Zinc was selected for this project for the beautiful patina that develops as it ages, Siegrist notes, “giv[ing] the building skin a deeper and richer connection with nature.” Over 16,000 square feet of Blue Gray Interlocking Reveal Panels, flanked by 10-foot sheets of glass, swathe the facade, banding the building’s massing.

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MetalTech-USA Panels Revamp LATTC Learning Resource Center
6/4/2014

The Learning Resource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College has recently undergone a complete transformation. This multifaceted complex is set to house a diversity of programs and supporting organizations for students, faculty, and staff including a library, offices, and computer labs.
This latest renovation, developed out of necessity, was designed not only to improve functionality and efficiency but also to refresh its look as the centerpiece of campus. Stripped down to its bare bones, the structure was upgraded to current code compliance and new infrastructure systems were installed throughout. The renovation included enclosing ground level spaces beneath second-floor overhangs, converting second-floor perimeter open space and second-floor interior atrium space, thereby increasing the existing structure’s usable square footage from 81,807 square feet to 99,565 gsf.

 

Visiting the emergency room is likely a stressful and unpleasant experience for most people; however, residents of Allen, Texas can rest assured with the opening of the newly constructed Legacy ER and Urgent Care center. The progressive architectural design of this medical facility marries the elements of “sustainable and evidence-based design to offer a soothing environment for patients seeking care under distressed conditions,” according to 5G. This 8,432 square foot facility, the second designed by 5G Studio Collaborative of Dallas, Texas, features 3 emergency department rooms, two trauma rooms, five urgent care rooms, and an on-site laboratory and radiology suite complete with CT scan.

 

PictureVenue (Mission Bay Block 3) is the newest mixed use development emerging in San Francisco’s up and coming Mission Bay neighborhood. This $43 million project contains 147 units and sports a dynamic retail frontage incorporating special lighting and outdoor cafes along Fourth Street. The seven-story building features high-level, sustainable interior and exterior finishes. MetalTech-USA was chosen to fabricate elements for this striking structure’s aesthetic yet functional façade.

Along the southwestern exposure of the building, the design firm Seidel Architects envisioned a perforated copper sun screen cantilevered above the terrace. Alexander Seidel intended this 2,100 square foot screen to serve as a unique identifying “marquee” of the building as well as to function as a mechanism to both regulate the strong sun for the residential units facing that direction and provide a buffer against the prevailing breezes for the private balconies situated between the screen and the building.

The screen was to be fully supported by steel tube armature. This created a design challenge for MetalTech-USA VP Eric Simonsen. “The challenge was finding a balance between panel sizes small enough to maintain structural integrity, thus limiting the amount of steel framing required while at the same time meeting the intended purpose.”

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Photography by Laura Kudritzki
Copper was originally chosen for the design for its richness and natural patination to complement the design’s overall palette. MetalTech-USA made the recommendation to switch to our Eco Choice™ material Copper Plus for added strength and reduction in weight. A 9”tall by 8’ long typical panel size was settled upon and the installing contractor then created an appropriate mounting solution. This panel sizing choice in conjunction with the material adjustment resulted in the warmth, transparency, and strength desired.

MetalTech-USA’s zinc flatlock panels were also incorporated into the design as an accent material on the vertical elevator core. Rheinzink prePatina Blue Gray Zinc was chosen for the
“natural character of its finish,” cites Seidel, “and the staggered pattern of the shingle placement contrasted well with the smoother materials on the façade.”

 

This project is pursuing LEED® Silver.

Specialty metal fabrication and engineering: MetalTech-USA

Architect: Seidel Architects and Steinberg Architects

Installer: Bay City Mechanical

MetalTech-USA is a premier distributor and specialty fabricator of EcoChoice™ architectural metals that specializes in roofing, rainwater, soffit and cladding systems. For more information, visit www.metaltech-usa.com, or call 770-486-8825.