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Transportation interpretive center features metal wall panels

Craig Collins, president of Longview, Wash.-based Collins Architectural Group P.S., and lead designer for the Kalama Transportation Interpretive Center at Port of Kalama, Kalama, Wash., says the vision for the project was to replicate a traditional waterfront warehouse of the 1800s.

Craig Collins, president of Longview, Wash.-based Collins Architectural Group P.S., and lead designer for the Kalama Transportation Interpretive Center at Port of Kalama, Kalama, Wash., says the vision for the project was to replicate a traditional waterfront warehouse of the 1800s. "The print used for the exterior walls looked like rust metal and the roof like an old galvanized roof which lent itself to a turn of the century warehouse," he says.

The center, which opened in November 2014, features Fontana, Calif.-based AEP Span's architectural metal panels in specialty finishes Burnt Rust and Weathered Zinc. The Weathered Zinc print was specified to provide the natural look of an old galvanized roof without the zinc runoff. AEP Span's 24-gauge, 17 1/4-inch-wide Select Seam Wide Batten panels in Burnt Rust was selected for the exterior wall application for its replication of a historical board and batten wood siding system. The exterior walls are long expansions and the wide batten breaks up the siding. The Burnt Rust print provides a rustic look without the rust runoff. Olympia, Wash.-based Berschauer Group was the general contractor, and North Plains, Ore.-based Martin Sheet Metal was the installer for the project.

Environmental and natural weather conditions were taken into consideration in the design of the center, which is located next to the Columbia River. AEP Span's 24-gauge Span-Lok hp roof system provides weathertightness against high winds and winddriven rains. Exterior blinds were constructed with AEP Span's 24-gauge Nu-Wave Corrugated panels in Weathered Zinc. Perforated Nu-Wave Corrugated panels with battens were used in the interior in an acoustical application.

The Port of Kalama houses an operations team and celebrates Kalama's history as a transportation and commercial hub in the Pacific Northwest. Cultural artifacts, memorabilia and replicas of the past are exhibited throughout the center.

AEP Span, www.aep-span.com