Baltimore University Law Library Façade Features Metalwërks® Sculpted™ 3D Rainscree
Renovated Robert L. Bogomolny Library Benefits from Increased Light and Space
"Metalwërks' panel systems were the most sophisticated of the systems we considered and provided the clean, monolithic appearance we desired," says Robert Matthew Noblett, Partner, Behnisch Architekten. "The aluminum plate formed a bigger expanse of panel across the facade, and it eliminated a lot of the clunkier jointing seen with other systems. We were pleased with how the panels attached to the building in an elegant way and allowed us to maintain our design vision."
The University of Baltimore's former Langsdale Library was in need of renovation, and Behnisch Architekten was the firm chosen to modernize the building and incorporate study areas and office spaces to better accommodate the students and current technology.
"The library presented a robust structure and was quite lovely inside, but there were few windows," says Noblett. "It needed to become more of a learning center – something more flexible – in keeping with modern needs. Subsequently, we wanted to keep the building and repurpose it in some way because it was interesting with a unique character. "
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As it was important to bring natural light into the space to optimally serve contemporary research and study, Behnisch Architekten strategically incorporated windows of varying sizes into the façade.
"With the new library, we took an expansive approach to daylighting and internal occupied space; the windows were carefully oriented to improve the experiences of the people inside," Noblett adds.
To serve as a dynamic, opaque visual contrast to the glass windows, the design team selected Metalwërks Sculpted 3D and Ameriplate Spline. They utilized 18,000 SF of articulating 3-dimensional metal panels — the Sculpted 3D panel system — which were fabricated using solid 0.125" thick 3003 H14 Aluminum.
Because of the unique size and shape of the system, Metalwërks fabricated it off-site, allowing it to be installed in unitized assemblies onto the façade. This method of unitization saved significant time and labor resources on-site.
"After we determined the window strategy, we wanted something more three-dimensional for the exterior, more opaque areas," says Noblett. "We came up with the idea of a folded, metal ribbon of sorts from the underside of level two to the top of the building. We achieved this with Metalwërks panels, which brought an animated character to the building façade, and transformed it into something more dynamic."
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Altogether, 208 wall unit assemblies clad the exterior façade of the library. Additional flat wall panels made of Metalwërks Ameriplate Spline were designed to conceal the door openings at street level.
The project was completed in the Fall of 2018. The architect was Behnisch Architekten, and A.C.Dellovade, Inc. installed all the rainscreen accessories on the vertical backup wall, in coordination with the Metalwërks layout of wall-mounted cleats. The unitized assemblies were fabricated from solid aluminum plate in Metalwërks' facility in Elkton MD.
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