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BarryStaff, a staffing agency for the manufacturing sector, set an objective to repurpose a vacant industrial property in its headquarters location of Dayton, Ohio. The company wanted to develop an office building that would reflect the clean, contemporary architectural styling of neighboring structures that house technology-based companies.

Tipp City, Ohio-based Carter & Cline Construction Consultants was the building's consultant and according to its president/owner Kimberly Carter, it helped coordinate architects, contractors, environmental and support for the financing piece. Dayton, Ohio-based Vancon was the general contractor, and ALT Architecture Inc., Dayton, was the architect.

A pre-engineered metal building (PEMB) system created the structure's sleek, industrial feel. The 12,525-square-foot facility was constructed using Memphis, Tenn.-based Varco Pruden Buildings' continuous beam faming system and 24-gauge Galvalume standing seam roof system. Glass interior walls, supplied and installed by David's Reliable Glass Inc., Dayton, and exposed steel beams highlight its open design.



The entire structure is a PEMB, including the mezzanine structure. The only design element that wasn't provided as part of the PEMB waste stairs. "Over the last few years we've been fortunate to work with PEMB technology, and have learned how to work around its unique requirements to create some really interesting buildings," says Brian Weaver, senior associate, ALT Architecture, and project manager and lead designer for the building. "PEMBs are tremendous from a cost/square foot standpoint, and once you learn their unique rules, you can really push the envelope creatively. We had a client that wanted a clean, contemporary look, which led perfectly to PEMB. With everything so simple and clean, the placement of elements like columns, lighting, ductwork and louvers are critical. Having a build team you can work closely with throughout the process is essential."

Structurally, the building is very simple. It is a series of PEMB frames with mid-span columns that form what Weaver calls a really "well-detailed shoebox." To add character and to keep its form repetitive, while still having a covered main entry and vestibule, it was designed leaving a frame column exposed at its entrance. Also, "The exposed soffit and column gave us a great opportunity to do some dramatic lighting," Weaver says. "As much as I like the building during the day, it really comes alive at night." LED accent lights and lighted signage accomplish this; so does a recessed mezzanine with cantilevered joist shoes.

The building was designed with a metal X-brace located over the condenser farm for aesthetic effect."PEMBs are very strong in the frame axis, but not as strong in other directions," Weaver says."There's going to be bracing in a PEMB. I wanted to express that frame over building's condensing units and let the back corner of the building have little more visual interest. Also, we didn't want ground-mounted package units on the outside of the building, where you would see all the ductwork coming into the building. We didn't have parapets and we didn't want anything on the roof. All exhaust fans are side venting. The furnace units are inside the building."



To give it visual interest, the building was rotated to 5 degrees from parallel to Monument Street, a throughway it fronts that runs to downtown. The building also has enormous signage; something that Weaver says helps it act as an architectural billboard. "We had to propose a variance for that much signage, it's quite a bit more than the zoning code would allow," Weaver says. "But the city was receptive to us creating this billboard. You can see the letters from the highway."

To further accent the building's external appearance and create a datum line, it has two-toned, two-textured siding with concealed fastener Varco Pruden's Tech 4 siding around the lower areas, and semi-concealed Varco Pruden's Vee Rib siding above, jointed at non-traditional angles. The design capitalized on the widely different colors of the two panels, while creating an economical solution to hide the majority of the fasteners. "The architect and builder had a vision of how the various elevations of wall panels needed to look," says Jim Peckham, manager of marketing, Varco Pruden Buildings. "VP's engineering team had to figure out how to support the panels to ensure erectability and weathertight performance. VP was able to design a solution that optimized wall girts to economically meet the application."

Weaver says because the form of the building is so simple, a two-tone scheme was chosen very early in conceptual design to give the façade some movement and variation. "We used two-color tones to give the building a really crisp contrast," he adds."The two panel types give the color distinction a little subtle variation as well. Exposed fasteners are an inevitability with the metal panel materials we chose, but getting them the same color as the panel and locating them inside the ribs really minimizes their appearance. The clients were instrumental in selecting the final panel colors."



Once inside the building, the stair, offices and conference room work as one visually connected piece."We chose to change the plane, height and color of that element to work with the interior glass to really set the stair off," Weaver says. "The lime-green diagonal bracing is probably my favorite little detail of the project. The clients wanted the green from their logo somewhere inside the space, and we proposed the stair as the place to make it a focal point. We wanted the stairs to look monumental, without trying too hard."

Sound attenuation is another way that PEMBs are inherently a great choice for a space with an exposed structure because the envelop insulation is exposed and helps absorb sound. "We did add some additional sound absorbing materials in the conference area under the mezzanine, but it fit pretty nicely up between the structure," Weaver says."Overall, for a large volume with concrete floor and hard wall surfaces it's really pretty quiet."

The building is not LEED certified, but the design does incorporate high-efficiency lighting both inside and outside on the building and parking lot, high-efficiency HVAC split systems and a rain garden structure in lieu of traditional surface water detention.

The building was completed on budget and 21days before the original deadline. Owners Doug and Pam Barry were extremely pleased with the finished structure. In addition, the design of the completed building earned 2016 Hall of Fame recognition from Varco Pruden.


Sidebar: Installer's Efforts

Why do we want all the exposed ductwork and building height? We could save building cost by shortening the eave height of the building. The owner brought us up to speed on their business. The owner supplies temporary and permanent staffing to local manufacturers. Creating an environment that simulates a state-of-the-art manufacturing center tells the employers as well as the employees that, "We get it." From this point forward, every design detail went to support these efforts:

  • The institutional looking stair system with backlighting under it
  • The exposed front column lit with ground flood light
  • The exposed rafter and bracing located above the HVAC condensers
  • The oversized spiral duct distributing the HVAC
  • The exposed bar joists above the community room, painted as an accent
  • Polishing of the concrete floors to elicit a top-notch factory as well as create an acoustic environment that manufacturers would be familiar with
  • Metal liner panels that would simulate industrial venues while reducing the amount of routine dusting that would be needed without them

Dan Holdgreve, senior estimator, Vancon, Dayton, Ohio, the general contractor and installer


Sidebar: BarryStaff office building, Dayton, Ohio

Completed: June 2015
Total square feet: 12,525 square feet
Owner: Doug and Pam BarryArchitect: ALT Architecture Inc., Dayton,
Consultant: Carter & Cline Construction Consultants, Tipp City, Ohio,
General contractor/installer: Vancon, Dayton,
Glass supplier/installer: David's Reliable Glass Inc., Dayton,
Metal building system: Varco Pruden Buildings, Memphis, Tenn.,

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