The Creative Technology Accelerator is not only the first building in Dayton’s technology park known as Tech Town but it is also the City of Dayton’s first LEED Gold building. The 42,000 sq. ft. high-tech facility will house companies developing business in advanced technology sectors.
Approximately 10,000 sq. ft. of Dri-Design panels were used to clad the project. The .063” aluminum panels were finished in Sherwood Green, Sandstone and Patina Green.
The patented Dri-Design Wall Panel System is an affordable dry joint, pressure-equalized rainscreen system.
The $9.1 million, three-story facility is located on a previous brownfield site. Design for the project was provided by The Architectural Group, Inc., Dayton. “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,” according to Dianna Conboy, principal and project architect.
The design team worked closely with the Dri-Design 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 said. “We settled on the 24” x 42” Dri-Design module and designed the structural grid around it. It was a very cost effective installation.”
Spohn Associates’ project manager was Don Allen. “Going with a typical panel size is a definite benefit for the installer,” Allen said. “We also installed the panels in a segmented radius area on one elevation. The job really went well and provides a great look.”