Aluminum composite material panels create a
strikingly bold exterior
Located in downtown Redwood City, Calif., Indigo is
a newly built development of rental apartments consisting of 470
apartments in three, 10-story high-rise towers. The $137 million
project is a total of 723,636 square feet and includes an
approximately 210,000-square-foot garage with electric car charging
stations and basement level that sits completely below grade.
Sitting atop the third level of the parking structure is a
34,200-square-foot landscaped outdoor podium surrounded by the
three high-rise towers.
Indigo Apartments stands out from the rest with its
striking and bold exterior. Designed by San Francisco-based BDE Architecture,
the majority of the project's exterior is clad with Omega-Lite
aluminum composite material (ACM) panels from Laminators
Inc., Hatfield, Pa. The ACM panels are installed in Laminators'
1-Piece, Tight-Fit Molding installation system.
Juliana Brodsky, with BDE Architecture, says
the design goal was to create a building with very
clean lines, defined corners, and visual contrast between the
white, grey, and dark blue. "When we were looking at materials, the
ACM panel had a great look, and was visually lighter than
[glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC)], while
meeting our budget goals. We were able to use the ACM to create a
sense of lightness for these large towers," she adds.
Shawn Crouthamel, national sales manager at
Laminators, says for a project this size, it was imperative that
the installer had significant flexibility throughout the entire
panel installation process. "Laminators helped to solve this issue
by proposing a proprietary field-fabricated system that afforded
the required flexibility while still delivering the look that the
design professional desired," he adds.
Architectural Building Products, West Seneca,
N.Y., distributed more than 160,000 square feet of Laminator's
Omega-Lite ACM panels in a variety of colors, including classic
Bone White. A selection of custom colors in Mediterranean Blue,
Great Grey and Granite Grey, were chosen to accent the buildings.
The ACM panels provided a traditional, yet high-tech appearance at
an affordable cost.
"On a project of this
scale, in regards to the manufacturing process and job-site
logistics, the combined coordination and communication between all
parties were essential to make Indigo a success on all levels,"
says Mike Mantione, regional sales and operations at Architectural
Building Products. "In addition, having direct and unlimited access
to Laminators Inc. technical engineers and support staff in
relation to conference calls, detailing, testing and
constructability were critical to this success, as well as the
efforts and input with our construction and architectural
Opened in July 2016, the 2.44-acre project also
features several two- and three-story podium buildings that span an
entire city block. Located with easy access to nearby freeways and
public transportation, Indigo also has 120 bike racks and an
on-site bike maintenance and repair shop.
The building's ground floor features commercial
spaces and lobbies, while amenities include a third-floor
courtyard, recreational room, gymnasium and outdoor pool. Indigo
features studio, one-, two- or three-bedroom apartments with a
modern chef's kitchen, high ceilings, wood plank flooring
throughout, and a bathroom mirror with HDTV. Residents also have
access to Indigo's full concierge service, a saltwater swimming
pool with open-air cabana lounge, outdoor theater and fireplace,
deluxe spa/hot tub, fully equipped fitness center with yoga studio,
spin studio, and outdoor workout area. The pet-friendly apartment
complex also offers a pet park with dog exercise area.
Indigo apartment complex, Redwood City,
Valley's 2016 Market-Rate Residential Project award
Investment and Management Co. (AIMCO), Denver
Developer: The PAULS
Corp., Denver, www.thepaulscorporation.com
Architecture, San Francisco, bdearch.com
Cahill Contractors, San Francisco, cahill-sf.com
ECR Construction, Redwood City
Architectural Building Products, West Seneca, N.Y., abp-distributors.com
Metal wall panels:
Laminators Inc., Hatfield, Pa., www.laminatorsinc.com