Riding the Waves
Perforated panels give existing building audio
wave-inspired new look
A renovation and expansion project of the
University of Texas at Dallas' Callier Center in Dallas uses metal
panels arranged in patterns inspired by audio waves, frequencies
and communications. The judges were impressed by the application of
vertical ribbed metal wall panels and noted the considerable
improvement the addition made to the original structure.
The facility houses the Callier Center for Communications
Disorders clinic, which supplied the inspiration for the
communication-focused audio wave and frequency patterns. The
building also includes classrooms for the university.
SmithGroupJJR's Dallas office and employees at the firm's other
locations completed the project. Mark Kranz, FAIA, design director
at Smith- GroupJJR in Phoenix, says, "We designed two panel
profiles for the fabricators to brake, while different levels of
perforation and opacity were also specified. We organized them into
a rhythmic pattern that creates an elegantly composed façade from
the exterior, and a translucent layer that harvests daylight from
Humble, Texas-based Wade Architectural Systems Inc.
fabricated, and Lewisville, Texasbased Advantage Wall Panel Systems
LLC installed, 5,825 square feet of Moon Township, Pa.-based
CENTRIA's 18-gauge (0.04-inch) Paradigm aluminum wall panels in two
custom-brake profiles with Minneapolis-based Valspar Corp.'s
Fluropon Classic coating in Silversmith and Dove Gray. In all, six
types of solid and perforated panels with various perforations and
widths were used for the 77,300-square-foot project.
"The performance criteria for the panel profiles was centered
around structural rigidity, ability to create shade and shadow,
while offering different levels of translucency for the occupant on
the inside of the building looking out," Kranz says.
The perforated metal panels create a visual aesthetic for the
building and are shading devices at entries and glazed portions.
New façades were constructed at the clinic entrance on the west
side and student entrance on the south side.
"The custom-broke perforated scrim created shade and a
translucent layer that allowed filtered light into the classrooms
and clinic entry," Kranz says. "The west entry features a covered
patient drop-off and entry at the campus' north edge."
Bright orange panels and components were installed at the
facility's student entrance. Haltom City, Texas-based GST
Manufacturing Ltd. fabricated and installed 2,500 square feet of
Tampa, Fla.'s McNICHOLS Co.'s perforated steel panels in Outrageous
Orange for the project, which was completed in August 2016.
"As the building sits on the north end of campus, as part of an
emerging research and academic precinct, it is still somewhat
remote from the campus' main academic core," Kranz says. "This
brightly colored element screams entry, utilizing a University of
Texas at Dallas campus color as a wayfinding device. The
dramatically chromatic student entry utilized larger perforated
plate assembly, highlighting a large stair, shade canopy and
The judging panel commended the project for making
a vast improvement on the existing building and forming a cohesive
design. Some of the original building's nuance is maintained by
perforated and solid panels reflecting its original, vertically
oriented, solid brickwork and glazing portions.
Kranz says his firm specified metal composite material (MCM)
with Texas Limestone to tie the new structure to the existing
building. Wade Architectural Systems installed Altech Panel Systems
Inc.'s pressure-equalized, dry seal, rear-ventilated Accu-Trac DS
system with MCM panels.
"This expansion project married together the scale and
materiality of the existing one-story structure with a partial
one-story, partial two-story massing concept. At the courtyard, a
pedestrian shade canopy links together new and old into a cohesive
space for students, faculty and patients."
University of Texas at Dallas' Callier Center,
Completed: August 2016
Total square footage: 77,300 square feet
Owner: University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson,
Architect: SmithGroupJJR, Dallas, www.smithgroupjjr.com
General contractor: SpawGlass Construction Corp.,
Installer: Advantage Wall Panel Systems LLC,
Lewisville, Texas, www.advancedwallpanelsystems.com
Fabricators/installers: GST Manufacturing Ltd.,
Haltom City, Texas, www.gstmanufacturing.com, Wade Architectural
Systems Inc., Humble, Texas, www.wadearch.com
Coatings: Valspar Corp., Minneapolis, www.valsparcoilextrusion.com
Metal wall panels: Altech Panel Systems Inc.,
Cartersville, Ga., altechpanel.com, and CENTRIA, Moon Township,
Pa., www.centriaperformance.com, and McNICHOLS Co.,
Tampa, Fla., www.mcnichols.com
Photos: Peter Calvin