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Steel screens clad retail complex

Posted 05/1/2015

Photo: Raimund Koch, courtesy of BKSK Architects LLP
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

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