Agriculture & Self Storage

San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market, San Francisco

Jackson Liles Architecture designed San Francisco Market Corp.’s San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market, a large, high-bay warehouse space with contiguous office space on the second level. Brian Liles, AIA, is a principal at Jackson Liles Architecture. “We were striving for a unique look at the main entrance,” Liles says. “We wanted a lighter feel on the second level and a variety of textures on the longer sides of the building. Metal siding was a clear choice to achieve these goals and contrast well with the other concrete elements of the exterior.”

West Coast Architectural Sheet Metal installed Morin Corp.’s 0.032-inch aluminum, 3-inch-deep, ribbed, 36-inch MR-36 panels for the 85,000-squarefoot food distribution facility. Approximately 5,000 square feet of the metal wall panels in Tomato Red were installed at the main entrance; the red color was specified to match loading dock doors on the side of the building. Approximately 13,000 square feet of the metal wall panels in Damask, off-white, were installed above the loading dock doors.

Additionally, West Coast Architectural Sheet Metal installed Morin’s 1-inch-deep, 36-inch, ribbed VB-36 metal wall panels in Porous Stone at the corners and between second-floor windows. Tomato Red VB-36 panels with smaller ribs than those at the corners and windows were used as accents around some doorways.

Liles says the metal panels were cost-effective, enhanced the design and contributed to the project’s LEED Gold certification. “It’s a clean and refined industrial aesthetic,” he says.

Jason Boyd is project manager at West Coast Architectural Sheet Metal. “We snapped control lines on the building, both horizontally and vertically, to ensure the panels would be in alignment,” Boyd says. “Once the panels are laid out on the building, we start pre-drilling and cutting them down to the proper length, but only if we have to order before we can field measure. Then we install, making sure we hit the control lines. We had three different profiles on the exterior that didn’t align, so keeping the reveals consistent was paramount.”

Boyd says the installation went smoothly. “We had finished concrete to drive the scissor lifts on and nobody else was in our way; wish they were all like that,” he says. The project, constructed on the site of a former U.S. Army supply depot, is the first of five buildings planned for the development. It was completed in May 2015.

Owner: San Francisco Market Corp., San Francisco
Architect: Jackson Liles Architecture, San Francisco
Installer: West Coast Architectural Sheet Metal, San Jose, Calif.
Metal wall panels: Morin Corp., a Kingspan Group company, Bristol, Conn.,