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Southtown Gym, Zanesville, Ohio

Photo: Immortal Images
Photo: Immortal Images

For Southtown Gym’s new facility, Brian Addis Architect LLC (now APG|Architects) utilized the building economies of a metal building system and, at the same time, integrated branding elements throughout. The steel frame allowed for the utilization of an aluminum curtainwall system and glass garage doors to bring natural light into weight rooms. The glass features provide views from the main gym floor to the outside as well as views of interior activity from an adjacent main thoroughfare. Additionally, the pre-engineered system allows for future expansion.

Design features symbolizing strength were used throughout the facility. The structural steel system is on display as the primary branding element. The exterior wall system is carved back to expose a tapered steel column and, thus, defines the main entry to the facility. This element is carried throughout the interior of the building and replicated in the design of a road sign and entry gate. Stone feature walls cut from the exterior through the interior. Exposed concrete floors are polished and sealed to bring out the character of the material.

Cole Ryan, project manager at APG|Architects, says, “Along with stone and concrete features, steel has allowed our building to define strength in way that still feels welcoming and unintimidating.”

Paul Construction Co. Inc., general contractor and erector for the project, constructed Southtown Gym with Corle Building Systems’ metal building system. Paul Construction installed Corle’s 24-gauge Seam‐Lok metal roof panels in Ash Grey, 26-gauge A‐Panel metal wall panels in Charcoal Grey, and, for accents, 26-gauge A‐Panels in Bright Red. The 25,790-square-foot project was completed for $2,975,000 in November 2017.