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Gaston Bay Building, Bellingham, Wash.

Photo: David Christensen
Photo: David Christensen

Christensen Design Management designed an adaptive reuse project in Bellingham, Wash., that transformed a food processing building and warehouse into an office building, Gaston Bay Building. The project goal was to completely change the appearance of the building without changing the original envelope, constructed in 1930. The existing building is within a shoreline setback area, and is non-conforming to current regulations. It could not be enlarged; the existing footprint and height could not be changed.

Metal wall panels and other metal building products met several requirements. They provide durability in the building’s environment on the waterfront of Bellingham Bay, fit the project budget, need minimal maintenance and meet LEED standards for recyclable content.

Andgar Corp. installed 13,000 square feet of Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp.’s 24-gauge Galvalume, 7/8-inch corrugated metal wall panels in three colors: Antique Patina, Parchment and Patina Green. The panels have 0.8-mil Kynar 500 finish over 0.2-mil primer on the exposed side. On concealed side and exposed prefinished fasteners, there is a 0.4-mil back coat.

To build the curved canopy, Straight Line Industries Inc. fabricated, and Andgar installed, 12-inch steel C-channel and tube steel beams. The 25,150-square-foot project is designed to attain LEED Gold certification, and was completed in December 2017.