Products at Work

April 01, 2006 |

Steel Panels Outfit Texas Cabela's

More than 60,000 sf of Petersen's Pac-Clad 22-gauge, 18-inch panels were used on a new Cabela's store outside of Austin, Texas. The Building Team needed a roof system that could be installed quickly to meet a tight schedule. "I had my doubts about meeting the timeframe," said Pat Gallagher of general contractor Kraus-Anderson, Circle Pines, Minn. "But the roofing contractor did a great job under adverse conditions." The panels are available in up to 36 colors in factory-formed lengths of up to 55 feet. Longer panels, such as those used in this project, are available as special orders. K Post of Dallas installed the roof and several interior elements from Pac-Clad flat stock. Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates of Mechanicsburg, Pa., specified the roof. The firm has been on the design team of the last six Cabela's stores. "There were six different length panels up to 60 feet long and five different slopes on the structure," said Steve Little, president of K Post. "The hill country winds made handling the longer panels interesting."

Pac-Clad by Petersen Input 202 at

Denver Police Station Gets A Futuristic Look

Symbolizing the high-tech future of police work, architects for the 21,000-sf Denver District 2 police station clad portions of the exterior with aluminum wall panels finished in Champagne Metallic. The exterior design consists of a two brick-clad wings separated by a two-story atrium structure clad with Dri-Design aluminum panels. The panels were used throughout the interior of the atrium as well. "The design vocabulary combines Denver's historic red brick structures with its new contemporary buildings," said Dennis Reseutek of design architect Reseutek Design Group, Denver.

Dri-Design Input 248 at

Low-E Glass Saves on Cooling Costs

PPG Architectural Glass has introduced SolarBan 70XL low-e architectural glass, which achieves a 2.23 light-to-solar-gain ratio. Boulder, Colo.-based AEC tested SolarBan 70XL against other low-e glazings and found that it could reduce initial costs for cooling plants by as much as 26%. The study covered simulations of several different building types, including an eight-story office building with punched windows and a one-story school with a window wall and a total glass area of 45,000 sf. The low-e glass was used to protect travelers from the near-constant daylight at the new Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska.

PPG Architectural Glass Input 205 at

LEDs Brighten Casino in Vancouver, B.C.


Vancouver, B.C.'s new Edgewater Casino was to assume the historic Expo86 Pavilion building, a centerpiece of the city's downtown skyline. City officials challenged the design team to develop a scheme that would illuminate the building's glass façade. This was not easy, according to architect Patrick Cotter, principal with his eponymous firm based in Richmond, B.C.


Cotter created a second interior envelope, placed just inside the glass façade, out of white material that would not only shield the interior from exterior daylight, but would also prevent the escape of internal casino light. Digitally controlled, programmable Destiny CW LED luminaires, created by Burnaby, B.C.-based TIR Systems, were positioned between the two interior façades.

TIR Systems Input 215 at

Prayin' for Relief

As part of a $6.4 million renovation of their 41,000-sf church, officials at the Twin Cities Church in Grass Valley, Calif., were searching for a roof that would expand and contract with the natural heating and cooling cycles of its Northern California climate, while providing year-round energy savings. The church specified the Titan SL1750 24-gauge zinc-aluminum metal roof for the facility, which includes a sanctuary, a high school, and administrative offices. Coated with Ultra-Cool reflective paint developed by BASF Corp., the roof can remain 55 degrees F cooler than traditional roofs on sunny days, saving the church as much as 20% on air-conditioning costs, according to the manufacturer. The cool roof also reduces urban heat island effect.

Custom-Built Metals Input 237 at

Eco-Friendly Floor Makes it in New York


The City Hall Academy at the Tweed Courthouse in New York was created to provide inner-city school children with an interdisciplinary learning experience centered on the history and culture of the city. Environmental awareness is also part of the lesson at the academy, which serves 200 students daily.


Among the facility's green features is flooring made from 100% post-consumer tire rubber and 30% post-industrial EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer). EcoSurfaces flooring was specified not only for its green properties, but because it would support the creative and educational goals of the academy, while standing up to the demands placed on the facility. The flooring resists scuffs, scratches, and indentations, making it ideal for the high-traffic environments.

EcoSurfaces Input 219 at

Chicago High-Rise Accented by Panels


RiverView II, a luxury condominium tower in Chicago, recently had 48,000 sf of aluminum composite Alucobond Plus panels installed on its exterior. The material was specified to contrast the tower's brick exterior with aluminum and glass. Designed by Chicago's DeStefano + Partners, RiverView II is scheduled for completion this month. The custom Duranar green panels, manufactured by Sobotec Ltd. of Hamilton, Ont., were installed by Arcadia Products of Northbrook, Ill. Power Construction, Chicago, served as CM/GC.


Alucobond Input 203 at



Integrated HVAC System Reduces Energy Consumption at Ohio School District

Officials at the Marysville (Ohio) School District want to practice what they preach by teaching their 5,000 students what it means to be energy efficient. Starting this year, the district will upgrade its existing HVAC systems in their elementary, intermediate, middle, and high schools—a project that district superintendent Larry Zimmerman says will benefit students and staff members alike.


The new systems from Trane will provide the schools with integrated control of their HVAC and lighting systems. The installation will include a 140-ton and two 200-ton RTAC air-cooled rotary liquid chillers engineered for lower life cycle costs and reliability. Nine 190-ton ice storage tanks will provide the district with more than 20% of the ton-hours necessary for cooling their facilities (as much as 50% on cooler days). Two hot-water heaters will be installed for efficient water heating. All building systems will be tied together using Trane's Tracer Summit Building Automation System. "An integrated HVAC system is critical to establishing high-performance schools that improve the learning environment while saving energy, resources, and money," said Pat Garibay, education and local government markets leader for Trane.


Trane Input 210 at

Protective Spray Stops Fires in Buildings


Kathy Petty, property manager of Community Living Opportunities in Overland Park, Kan., used No-Burn's nontoxic, noncorrosive spray to bring three of her nonprofit organization's homes for children with disabilities up to current fire regulations. "It was recommended to us by the fire marshal," said Petty. "We also chose No-Burn because it worked on almost all surfaces—paint on walls, drapes, fabrics, carpets, everything was fire-proofed." Through an intumescent chemical reaction, No-Burn coatings form a fire-retardant foam cocoon around walls, ceiling beams, and other building materials when they're activated by flame and heat, according to the manufacturer.

No-Burn Input 239 at

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