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Metal allows sustainable corporate campus to stand out in Pittsburgh community

corporate campusWith the high demand for nuclear power, the Westinghouse Electric Co. has moved its headquarters to an office park development in Cranberry Township, north of Pittsburgh. As the largest Class A build-to-suit office building in Pennsylvania history, the Westinghouse campus is home to three distinct buildings totaling 960,000 square feet. Pittsburgh-based architectural firm IKM focused on creating a sustainable series of modern buildings that would distinguish the Westinghouse headquarters from other office and retail spaces in the area. As a result, the designers used Moon Township, Pa.-based CENTRIA's Formawall Dimension Series panels in Light Gray and Midnight Bronze to give each of the three buildings a contemporary feel with a subdued silver and bronze sheen. In addition, the durability of CENTRIA's panels ensures the campus will maintain its contemporary and polished look despite the barrage of Pennsylvania's harshest elements.

The nearly 1 million-square-foot campus was planned and constructed in phases, with Building 1 completed as part of the initial phase, and opened for occupancy in June 2009. Buildings 2 and 3 were built during the second phase, which concluded in 2010.

The use of metal gives a contemporary and modern look to the headquarters of a company that has been in business since 1886. The Pennsylvania campus serves not only as a corporate headquarters to Westinghouse, but also acts as a global headquarters for Westinghouse's overseas interests which include plants in South America, Africa, Europe and Asia.

corporate campusCENTRIA's panels also play a key role in making the buildings energy efficient and sustainable by combining thermal efficiency and moisture control into a single panel component. Meanwhile, the second and third buildings use CENTRIA's Profile Series Exposed Fastener Super-Rib with MicroSeam Corners and Econolap 1/2-inch to create a polished yet energy-efficient design. The energy-efficient campus has achieved LEED Certified designation with the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council.

Each of the three campus buildings serves to centralize key Westinghouse services in one location. Building 1 is designed to accommodate 1,700 people, and has ample space for workstations, meeting rooms and private offices. Building 1 also contains large, communal spaces including laboratories, a fitness room, graphics department, cafeteria, kitchen, food court, auditoriums and private dining rooms.

To break up the color scheme in Building 1, CENTRIA provided 60,223 square feet of its 20/20-gauge, 2-inch horizontal Formawall Dimension Series panels in Light Gray with an embossed Duracast coating, as well as 16,993 square feet of the 20/20-gauge, 2-inch horizontal Formawall Dimension Series panels in Midnight Bronze with a smooth Flourofinish coating. To help ensure an energy-efficient design, CENTRIA supplied 15,002 square feet of its 20-gauge Profile Series Exposed Fastener Profiles Super-Rib with Microseam Corners and Louvers in Midnight Bronze with a smooth Flourofinish coating. Building 1 also features 15,397 square feet of CENTRIA's 20-gauge Liner Panels L2-3 in Arctic Ice with a smooth Polyester coating.

Buildings 2 and 3 have space for approximately 1,000 employees, along with space for workstations, meeting rooms and private offices. CENTRIA provided 63,004 square feet of its horizontal 20/20-gauge, 2-inch horizontal Formawall Dimension Series panels in Light Gray with an embossed Duracast coating, as well as 19,241 square feet of its 20/20-gauge, 2-inch horizontal Formawall Dimension Series, panels in Midnight Bronze with a smooth Flourofinish coating. Buildings 2 and 3 also feature 5,336 square feet of CENTRIA's 24-gauge, 1/2-inch Profile Series Exposed Fastener Econolap in Midnight Bronze with a smooth Flourofinish coating, along with CENTRIA's Profile Series Super-Rib Louvers.

Westinghouse Electric Co. Headquarters, Cranberry Township, Pa.

General contractor: Turner Construction, Pittsburgh
Architect: IKM, Pittsburgh
Building 1 dealer/installer: Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Wheeling, W.Va.
Buildings 2, 3 dealer/installer: A.C. Dellovade Inc., Canonsburg, Pa.
Metal wall panels and louvers: CENTRIA, Moon Township, Pa., www.centria.com