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Installation, finishes add depth to education building façade

Photo: Mark Kempf, St. Louis

Photo: Mark Kempf, St. Louis

A metal wall panel system with Copper Anodized and Dark Bronze Anodized finishes supplied by Dri-Design was installed on Trident Technical College's Nursing and Science building in North Charleston, S.C., to emphasize the differences in the finishes and add depth to the façade. The 90,000-square-foot project utilized 24,378 square feet of Dri-Design's 0.08-inch aluminum wall panels in the two anodized finishes and in Champagne paint. Additionally, the metal wall panels coordinate with the aluminum windows.

Daniel Scheaffer, AIA, LEED BD+C, senior associate at LS3P Associates Ltd., says the panel variations create an earthy aesthetic appropriate for the building's function. "The architectural metal element is a stunning design feature," he says. "The high-tech material reflects the building's high-tech health care curriculum taking place inside."

Trident Technical College's Nursing and Science building features laboratories, classrooms, study and meeting spaces and faculty offices. It is designed to LEED Silver certification. Sustainable features include wastewater technologies for rainwater harvesting and reuse, low-mercury lighting, photovoltaics, energy use reductions and regional and recycled materials including single-skin metal panels and certified wood.

Architect: LS3P Associates Ltd., Charleston, S.C.

Distributor: Custom Exteriors, Muskegon, Mich.

Metal wall panels: Dri-Design, Holland, Mich.,