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The REACH Museum, Richland, Wash.

Terence L. Thornhill Architect designed a stepped roofline for The REACH Museum to reflect the impact of glaciers on the area.Terence L. Thornhill Architect designed a stepped roofline for The REACH Museum to reflect the impact of glaciers on the area. Horizontal bands of exterior cladding characterize soil deposits from many sources. Tube and pipe steel canopy supports were designed to suggest the history of Native American land use. The front entry's block construction refers to the Hanford Reservation's use as a nuclear test site.

The metal building structure has curved rooflines and glass window framing. The metal structure was specified for its light design, exposed framing in the interior and multiple colors of panels and trim. A lower, hidden mezzanine was constructed with support column tie-ins through a concrete slab.

DGR Grant Construction Inc. installed Garco Building Systems' 24-gauge BattenLok metal roof panels in Signature 300 Copper Metallic, 24-gauge PBR metal soffit and fascia panels in Signature 300 Copper Metallic and 24-gauge PBR horizontal metal wall panels in Signature 300 Brownstone and Almond. The $3.9 million, 24,000-square-foot project was completed in March 2014.

Owner: Public Facilities District, Richland
Builder: DGR Grant Construction Inc., Richland
Architect: Terence L. Thornhill Architect, Kennewick, Wash.
Metal building system: Garco Building Systems, Airway Heights, Wash., www.garcobuildings.com