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Louisville Free Public Library’s South Central branch, Louisville, Ky.

Photo: Brandon Stengel, Farm Kid Studios
Photo: Brandon Stengel, Farm Kid Studios

JRA Architects Inc. and MSR Design designed Louisville Free Public Library’s South Central branch with lightweight, durable, textured cladding that reflects the surrounding landscape. Embossed, flat locked panels clad a large amount of the library, which is located in the last remnants of a once vast urban forest. The project preserved as many existing trees as possible.

On the exterior and inside the library, American Roofing and Metal Co. Inc. fabricated and installed 16,000 square feet of Phoenix Metals Co.’s 0.025-inch (24-gauge), type 316 stainless steel in two finishes: brushed and mirrored. The horizontal panels are 117 inches long by 13 inches wide. Rigidized Metals Corp. embossed the stainless steel with a linear, micro embossing pattern.

Kentucky Mirror and Plate Glass Co. installed Kawneer Co. Inc.’s curtainwall where openings were more than 12 feet high. Kentucky Mirror and Plate Glass also installed Kawneer’s storefront systems. Phalanx Construction LLC installed light-gauge framing, Ceco Door’s hollow metal doors and ceilings. Additionally, Renlita Doors North America LLC supplied and installed its steel-framed glass door for a program room.

GBMC Inc. installed Ruskin’s louvers on the west façade, and American Roofing and Metal installed two of The Bilco Co.’s roof hatches.

Inside the building, U.S. Millwork Inc. fabricated and installed Rigidized Metals’ embossed, magnetic, prefinished, stainless steel-clad millwork.

For the structure of the 40,000-square-foot library, Mound Technologies Inc. erected Sugar Steel Corp.’s structural steel and Gooder-Henrichsen Co.’s steel joists and metal deck. The project was completed in July 2017.