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A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building, Tulsa, Okla.

Photo: Ed Chitty
Photo: Ed Chitty

Dewberry designed the exterior of Oklahoma State University’s A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building with metal panels in a nonstandard joint pattern to emulate the skin on the palm of a human hand.

Dewberry specified metal composite material (MCM) for its ability to be formed into custom shapes. In total, 2,000 custom panels were used, each one with a different shape.

Architectural Fabricators Co. Inc. fabricated and installed 45,000 square feet of Mitsubishi Chemical Composites America Inc.’s 4-mm ALPOLIC metal composite material (MCM) panels in DQO Pearlescent Orange, Bronze Anodic and Clear Anodic finishes. Architectural Fabricators installed the MCM with Knight Wall Systems Inc.’s perforated sub-girts.

The rainscreen’s attachment system helped create the look. Architectural Fabricators installed the panels with its back-ventilated Structure Lock Rainscreen attachment system. It is closed at the verticals and open in the horizontal joints. In addition to fasteners, three components were installed at the jobsite: base extrusions, vertical gutters and the panels, which had all of the extrusions, stiffeners and reveals attached in the plant.

The four-story, 84,000-square-foot medical education facility houses Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a hospital simulation center. The project was completed for $45 million in July 2017.