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St. Louis-based Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc. custom fabricated an aluminum vertical louvered sunshade for the front of an American Association of Orthodontists building in St. Louis.

St. Louis-based Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc. custom fabricated an aluminum vertical louvered sunshade for the front of an American Association of Orthodontists building in St. Louis. Completed in June 2013, the building faces east and gets sunlight in the morning inside its two-story atrium. The project goal was to provide an aesthetic solution to keep the lobby shaded comfortably.

The sunshade is approximately 55 feet wide by 22 feet, 3 inches tall, and consists of four 11-footwide by 22-foot, 3-inch louver wing panels with slanted horizontal louvers and one center 11-footwide by 10-foot, 11-inch entrance header panel with slanted horizontal louvers, which bolted together side by side.

The vertical members were router-cut to receive 8-inch aluminum airfoil louver extrusions, which eliminated the need to weld. The perimeter and intermediate rectangular aluminum tubing panel members were sleeved together and mechanically attached. Exposed aluminum surfaces were anodized with a standard bronze finish.

Peters, Koblenz & Kreishman Inc., St. Louis, was the architecture firm; The Korte Co., St. Louis, was the general contractor; and Eastern Metal Supply Extrusions, St. Charles, Mo., was the fabricator.

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc., www.lawrencefabric.com