Irregularly sized zinc-colored metal panels provide an interesting visual feature on the new Cedar Rapids Public Library. Comprising aluminum composite material (ACM) panels with a zinc patina finish, the panels juxtapose with smooth-surface materials to bring a complexity and depth to the Iowa building’s façade.
Curtain walls are often the focal point of aesthetic design for a multi-story building. Behind the attractive façade are the pedestrian, yet arguably more important, functional components that ensure safety and reliability—fasteners that transfer loads both imposed and experienced by the assembly to the building’s structural framework.
Recognized as sustainable, durable building components, metal roofs are used in various applications. The performance of the assembly’s panels depends on the metal substrate, metallic layer, and exterior coating.
Some modern architectural designs use newer materials and metal panel assemblies for roofing applications, many of which are not intended to be used as roofing and, therefore, may not be well-suited for it.
The welcome center at Florida’s Port Canaveral space shuttle facility is Exploration Tower. Clad in aluminum panels and a curtain wall assembly, it is also the first major project to be finished with paint that changes color depending on the light reflectance.