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Parkview West, Chicago

Located in the Streeterville neighborhood near Lake Michigan, the new 47-story condominium building opened in October 2008 and features copper-colored anodized metal wall panels from Dri-Design that will not patina. More than 33,000 square feet (3,066 m2) of Dri-Design’s 0.063-aluminum panels complement a curved glass façade and masonry accents.

Linetec finished the Dri-Design Specialty Series wall panel system with a proprietary anodize process that mimics the metallic quality of copper while providing high-performance durability. Linetec’s copper anodize utilizes true copper that is embedded in the aluminum after the anodize process and prior to being sealed. Additionally, the finish alleviates concerns regarding copper salt run-off stains, galvanic corrosion or patina; has no VOCs; and is tested to meet all AAMA 611 Class 1 specifications. The architect, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, specifi ed the copper anodize in a controlled degree of color ranges to give the tower greater architectural depth and texture. The finished panels were installed to appear random in their reflective characteristics.

“We were looking for a signature statement for the building and did a survey of different types of materials, including fl at-lock natural copper shingles,” said Devon Patterson, principal with SCB. “We ended up going with the Dri-Design system because it seemed more proven for residential high rise and because of the color consistency for the long term. The copper anodized finish doesn’t break down or patina—it preserves the color for the lifetime of the building.”

The 450,000-square-foot (41,805-m2) tower features 250 one-, two- and three-bedroom units with floor-to-ceiling views. Amenities include a fitness center, entertainment suite, hardwood flooring, Euro-style cabinetry and fixtures, stainless-steel appliances, granite counters and 9-foot (3-m) ceilings. Adjacent to the building is a 1 1/2-acre (0.6-hectare)park and a 900-car underground parking lot. An additional 28-story condominium tower is being planned next to Parkview West.

“Parkview West is a very successful building. I think a large part of its success stems from the metal panels on the building that has given it such a distinctive look,” Patterson said.

Owner: MCL Cos., Chicago

Architect: Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Chicago

Installer: Tuschall Engineering Co. Inc., Burr Ridge, Ill.

Metal wall panels: Dri-Design, Holland, Mich.

Anodizer: Linetec, Wausau, Wis.