Location: Miamisburg, Ohio | United States Architect: Moody Nolan, Columbus, OH | United States Construction: Messer Construction Co., Dayton, OH | United States Fabricator: Royalton Architectural Fabrication, Inc., North Royalton, OH | United States Year of construction: 2014 Material: ALUCOBOND® naturAL Brushed
A total of 23,000 square feet of 4mm ALUCOBOND® naturAL ACM in the Brushed finish was installed as building cladding. Royalton Architectural Fabrication, Inc., of North Royalton, Ohio, fabricated 2,800 Alucobond panels – 95 percent of which were non-repetitively sized. The Alucobond panels were installed by Celina Glass Co., Inc., of Celina, Ohio, with the Royalton 3000 Series dry-joint rainscreen pressure-equalized system.
Moody Nolan worked closely with executives at The Connor Group to create this innovative design as well as incorporated ideas from students at the Charter High School for Architecture and Design in Philadelphia – several of whom participated in design charrettes.
“The basic design parameter for this building was to provide every office with access to natural light,” according to Pickett, who said virtually all employees at The Connor Group work in private offices.
Lighting is abundant in the building’s two-story 3,495 square-foot atrium. The building features a total of 5,741 square feet of windows as well as a 2,740 square-foot skylight and includes the installation of approximately 5,000 square feet of electrochromic glass, which switches from clear to several tint levels.
Pickett said development of the building’s unique design started with a fairly simple diagram of offices arranged around a central atrium. The diagram was then altered dramatically.
“We looked at different ways to manipulate this shape diagonally to create very unique spaces,” said Pickett. “We pulled it apart, twisted it and split it.”
The final design features no curved lines on the exterior and few right angles.
The design team quickly settled on metal to complement the building’s progressive architectural design and reviewed zinc, titanium and aluminum composite material as cladding options.
“The complexity of this design and the manner in which the building’s skin was articulated required aluminum composite material,” said Pickett. “We knew that the sun reflecting off the panels would change during the day. The ALUCOBOND® naturAL was the best material to capture the sun’s reflections.”
The ALUCOBOND® panels fabricated in triangular shapes as well the installation of uniquely sized glass pieces enhanced the idea of twisting the building, according to Pickett.
“If you look at each elevation of the building, you’ll see a band dissected by a diagonal line,” said Pickett. “This creates the perception that the metal is kinked on the diagonal. That perception extends into the glass with each piece a different size.”
Celina Glass and Royalton Architectural Fabrication have partnered for many years to complete complicated cladding projects, according to Terry Rolfes, president, Celina Glass. Messer Construction Co., of Dayton, served as general contractor for the project.
“The general contractor was familiar with our experience in completing complicated jobs; and, this was definitely a complicated job,” said Rolfes. “Some walls lean in and some lean out. There’s not one rectangular panel on this entire project. All of the panels had to be custom fabricated.”