Stainless-steel panels spruce up supply company's headquarters

October 01, 2008 |

A 2,000-sf addition to the Siskin Steel & Supply building in Chattanooga, Tenn., has made a huge impact on the appearance of the company's headquarters. Linked to an existing brick structure, the expansion includes a new lobby, administrative offices, and a training room.

Approximately 1,250 sf of Dri-Design 18-gauge stainless steel wall panels were specified by local architect Franklin & Associates to create the transformation. The wall panel system is an affordable dry-joint, pressure-equalized rainscreen system.

“We were looking for a way to beautify the old building in a manner that would also express the nature of Siskin's business,” said Bob Franklin, president of Franklin & Associates. “That led us to the design using an exposed steel structure and stainless-steel panels.”

For added impact, the panels were rotated 45 degrees “to express the entrance,” according to Franklin. “The sample panels that Dri-Design provided also gave us the idea to take advantage of the directionality of the stainless steel to create a checkerboard effect. It's a fun little project.”

Franklin also cited long-term durability and cost effectiveness as key reasons for selecting the Dri-Design system.

General contractor GenTech Construction Co., Chattanooga, installed the panels.


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