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Utilities building is model of energy efficiency

The Tacoma Public Utilities Administration Building in Tacoma, Wash., took advantage of a range of products from CENTRIA, Moon Township, Pa. Completed in 2008, the 110,000-square-foot (10,219-m2) building features offices to house more than 325 employees. The new building connects to the original building, built in 1953, by a sky bridge, and is touted as a model of energy efficiency. In addition to allowing ample daylight to enter the building, it includes an energy management system that is capable of showing energy use for each floor. Lighting the new addition requires half the energy required to light the original building.

CENTRIA supplied 20,346 square feet (1,890 m2) of 22/26-gauge Formawall Dimension series 2-inch (51-mm) and 3-inch (76-mm) horizontal and vertical panels in Light Gray with an embossed Duracast finish; 11,470 square feet (1,066 m2) of 22/26-gauge Formawall Dimension Series 3-inch horizontal panels in Dove Gray with a smooth Duragard coating; 9,788 square feet (909 m2) of 22/26- gauge Formawall Dimension Series 3-inch horizontal panels in Slate Gray with a smooth Duragard coating; 2,452 square feet (228 m2) of 22-gauge Profile Series IW-10A vertical wall panels in Dove Gray with a smooth Duragard coating; 1,959 square feet (182 m2) of 22/26-gauge Versawall panels in Light Gray with an embossed striated Duragard coating; C/S Sunshades; C/S Louvers; and Formavue 300 windows.

The CENTRIA products integrate both aesthetically and functionally. The Formawall Dimension Series panels gave the building team the design flexibility it desired with the performance required. While the varying gray tones of the horizontal and vertical panels create a modern look for the building, the Duracast textured coating gave the look and feel of precast. The Formawall Dimension Series, IW Series and Versawall panels are Cradle to Cradle Silver certified. The C/S Sunshades, C/S Louvers and Formavue window systems easily integrate with the Formawall Dimension Series, eliminating the problem of coordinating window and metal panel intersections for the building team.

BCRA, Tacoma, was the architect; Leo Finnegan Construction, Tacoma, was the contractor; and Crown Corr Inc., Washougal, Wash., was the dealer and installer.

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