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The Shops at North Bridge, Chicago

RTKL Associates Inc. specified a variety of metal panels for signage backdrop and an entrance to The Shops at North Bridge retail mall.RTKL Associates Inc. specified a variety of metal panels for signage backdrop and an entrance to The Shops at North Bridge retail mall. Tuschall Engineering Co. installed Dri-Design Wall Panel System with DuPont Corian EC cladding system with Umicore Building Products USA Inc.'s VMZinc panels for the 2,629-square-foot project. Horizontal ribs in the Corian were designed to catch colored lighting and create a textured effect.

Tuschall Engineering installed 2,629 square feet of Dri-Design panels in Kynar color with custom pattern Corian in Abalone and 798 square feet of 1-mm Umicore Building Products USA Inc.'s VMZinc in Pigmento Brown with rigidized ribs for the project, completed in 2014. Additionally, painted aluminum and 0.125-aluminum plate light shelf were utilized. The metal panels clad precast concrete and were selected for aesthetics and because they are a light-weight material.

Owner: The Macerich Co., Santa Monica, Calif.
Architect: RTKL Associates Inc., Chicago
General contractor: W.E. O'Neil Construction Co., Chicago
Installer: Tuschall Engineering Co., Burr Ridge, Ill.
Metal wall panels: Dri-Design, Holland, Mich., www.dri-design.com, and E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (DuPont), Wilmington, Del., www.dupont.com
Zinc: Umicore Building Products USA Inc., Raleigh, N.C., www.vmzinc-us.com