The utilization of zinc in certain elements of the design was discussed in 2009 when 5G designed the first Legacy ER & Urgent Care. "The properties embodied in zinc are reflective of the institutional priorities of Legacy ER," cites designer Paul Merrill of 5G. "Based on the inherent properties of the material--resilience, self-healing, and luminance, zinc was a natural choice for the second location."
MetalTech-USA was chosen to fabricate the zinc panels in the exterior design. The second Legacy ER design concept features an origami style roof with perforated Rheinzink prePatina Blue Gray Zinc Reveal panels cladding the roof and soffits and Rheinzink prePatina Blue Gray Zinc Standing Seam panels for the façade. The perforated panels played an integral role in executing the architect’s vision accurately. The perforation was intended to provide exterior views from within the building as well as a method of peripheral lighting for the architecture. “Varying perforation patterns were carefully chosen and mapped onto each panel to achieve a gradient reading that adds to the perceptual depth of the building geometry,” states Merrill. Custom perforation patterns had to be coordinated with different panel types and sizes. This created a challenge for MetalTech-USA project manager Michael Love as there were five different perforation patterns and two different panel types. “A great deal of programming and design was necessary to get these panels properly fabricated, but the end result was worth all of our hard work by our entire team,” notes PM Michael Love.
Innovative design in conjunction with MetalTech-USA’s sustainable Eco Choice™ material will likely make the new Legacy ER and Urgent Care a landmark in Allen, Texas for years to come.
Specialty metal fabrication and engineering: MetalTech-USA
Architect: 5G Studio Collaborative
Installer: Ramon Franklin, LLC
MetalTech-USA is a premier distributor and specialty fabricator of eco-friendly architectural metals that specializes in roofing, rainwater, soffit and cladding systems. For more information, visit www.metaltech-usa.com, or call 770-486-8825.