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Recessed panels deepen façade

Photo: Courtesy of Engineered Wall Systems Inc.
Photo: Courtesy of Engineered Wall Systems Inc.


The 505 Wakara Way office building at the University of Utah's Research Park in Salt Lake City features a façade with primarily metal panels and glass. Engineered Wall Systems Inc. fabricated 19,200 square feet of its 400 series back-ventilated rainscreen system from Alcoa Architectural Products' Reynobond 4-mm fire-retardant (FR) core aluminum composite material (ACM) in Bright Silver Metallic. B&D Glass Inc. installed the rainscreen for the 60,000-square-foot project, completed in 2013. Additionally, Engineered Wall Systems supplied 4,600 square feet of ACM infill panels for the glazing system.

Metal was specified to complement the glazing system and recessed panels were designed to give depth to the façade. Details include columns clad with ACM that form three-dimensional angles off the main building façade and as ACM-clad canopies. ACM was chosen for its module size and flatness, aesthetics, color finish, longevity and warranty. The three-story, core-and-shell office building contains two 30,000-square-foot floors of tenant space on top of the ground floor, which is a 60-stall concrete parking structure.

Owner: Woodbury Corp., Salt Lake City
Architect: Architectural Nexus, Salt Lake City
General contractor: Big-D Corp., Salt Lake City
Installer: B&D Glass Inc., West Jordan, Utah
Aluminum composite material: Reynobond by Alcoa Architectural Products, Eastman, Ga.,