Steel screens clad retail complex
|Photo: Raimund Koch, courtesy of BKSK Architects LLP
Perrysburg, Ohio-based Tech Dynamics Inc. supplied backlit
Corten steel screens, supporting steel structures and steel piers
and decorative channels that frame storefronts at Arbor Hills
retail center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Exterior exposed structural steel
was hot-dipped galvanized and painted with a high-performance
coating applied before delivery and assembly on-site.
Building A features lead-coated copper siding fabricated and
installed by Romulus, Mich.-based MW Morss Roofing Inc. Warren,
Mich.-based Future Fence Co. fabricated guardrails surrounding the
pocket park and at the retaining walls. The guardrails were shop
finished with a zinc rich epoxy coating.
The 94,000-square-foot retail complex, owned by Columbus,
Ohio-based WP Glimcher, was completed in August 2013. New York
City-based BKSK Architects LLP completed the site plan. The project
was designed to accommodate an existing wooded wetland and a
limited amount of trees and other natural elements were displaced
by construction. A rain garden filters stormwater and reduces
runoff with support from an underground storm detention system. The
design supports walking and biking with elements including the
billboard-like Corten steel screens that guide pedestrians from
building to building, bicycle racks and pedestrian walkways.
O'Neal Construction, Ann Arbor, was the general contractor;
reFORM Studios, Troy, Mich., was the architect of record; Metro
Consulting Associates, Plymouth, Mich., was the civil engineer; and
Conservation Design Forum, Elmhurst, Ill., was the landscape
architect for the project.
Future Fence Co., www.futurefencecompany.com
MW Morss Roofing Inc., www.morssroofing.com
Tech Dynamics Inc., www.techdynamics.us