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Metal Panels Extend from Cancer Center

Photo: Mark Kempf, St. Louis

Photo: Mark Kempf, St. Louis

Mel Bindas, project manager at SECO Architectural Systems, the distributor and installer for the Alice and Carl Kirkland Cancer Center in Jackson, Tenn., says his company made accommodations for the air and water barrier, and transitions with the curtainwall when installing 7,300 square feet of Dri- Design's 0.08-inch Tapered Series aluminum wall panels with Dark Champagne and Silver finishes. A factory radius transition was designed to complement the segmented curtainwall and was intended to provide a visual transition while ensuring there was a continuous air and water barrier for the panel system. "SECO and Dri-Design came up with a two-piece adjustable clip and angle system that allowed us to duplicate and segment the panels into shapes with the curtainwall and to attach them to the radius structure," Bindas says.

The rainscreen system was installed at the north entrance and the Tapered Series Panels extend from the building. Additionally, Dri-Design supplied matching trims and copings for the 82,000-squarefoot medical facility. The main lobby includes a pharmacy, boutique, resource center, chapel and support services. Additional features include a healing garden, conference room, community room, café and parking garage.

Brad Zeeff, president of Dri-Design, says the feeling the building was designed to generate begins with its exterior. "So much thought went into creating a facility that can calm nervous patients and inspire healing," he says.

Architect: Davis Stokes Architects, Brentwood, Tenn.

Distributor/installer: SECO Architectural Systems, Snellville, Ga.

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