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Creative Technology Accelerator, Dayton, Ohio

Creative Technology AcceleratorAs the first building located in Dayton's Tech Town technology park and the city's first LEED Gold building, the 42,000-square-foot high-tech facility will house companies developing business in advanced technology sectors.

The building is clad in approximately 10,000 square feet of 0.063-inch Dri-Design panels in Sherwood Green, Sandstone and Patina Green.

The $9.1 million, three-story facility is located on a previous Brownfield site. "Because of the name of facility and the fact that it was the first building in Tech Town, we wanted to create a look that would make a splash and yet be cost effective," says Dianna Conboy, principal and project architect at The Architectural Group Inc.

The design team worked closely with Dri-Design distributor and installer Spohn Associates to determine a panel module that would be the most efficient. "We knew we wanted a rainscreen system that would offer 'off-the-shelf' panel sizes that wouldn't require excessive labor," Conboy says. "We settled on the 24- by 42-inch Dri-Design module and designed the structural grid around it. It was a very cost-effective installation."

"Going with a typical panel size is a definite benefit for the installer," says Don Allen, project manager at Spohn Associates. "We also installed the panels in a segmented radius area on one elevation. The job really went well and provides a great look."

General contractor: Messer Construction, Dayton
Architect: The Architectural Group Inc.,
Dayton Distributor/installer: Spohn Associates,
Indianapolis Metal wall panels: Dri-Design, Holland, Mich.,