This landmark university science center project was designed by Rafael Viñoly Associates of New York City. The CM was Whiting Turner Contracting Company and the panel installation contractor was Mohawk Construction and Supply of McMurray, Pennsylvania.
Though the exterior skin of the building appears to be clad largely with precast concrete, there are numerous and significant masses of varying metal panel designs used in complex geometric areas. The precast was cantilevered away from much of the exterior envelope creating openings which were clad with aluminum panels, to allow light to enter through the glazed walls to the interior spaces. The focal point of the building is a cantilevered prow of the L shaped structure featuring a light well sliced through the building’s interior to allow light to penetrate from the sky down into the main entry plaza. The light well walls were clad with Metalwërks® Ameriplate™ panels with extruded aluminum reveals. The roof screen structures were also enclosed with dry reveal jointed Ameriplate panels with varying reveal widths. These panels are designed to have continuous perimeter extrusions with grip splines which are completely concealed for strength and a beautiful clean edge appearance with no exposed fasteners or joint sealants/gaskets.
When Ameriplate panel attachment hardware is concealed from view, architects achieve a fascinating floating panel effect. The fabrication efficiency of Ameriplate, combined with Metalwërks simplified panel attachment options that speed installation, make for a highly competitive, high-end rain screen wall system.