Owensboro-Daviess Convention Center, a multi-purpose facility, brings Western Kentucky a new and premier meeting space in Owensboro, Daviess County. Completed in early 2014, the Convention Center project utilized an exterior anodized aluminum panel rainscreen system engineered and fabricated by MetalTech-USA with Class I anodized aluminum finish from Lorin Industries.
Situated on the banks of the Ohio River, the new convention center rises three stories and spans 177,000 sq. ft. This spacious facility meets all the typical functionality requirements of contemporary convention centers notably 40,000 sf of exhibition space, nearly 30,000 sf of meeting space and extensive public lobbies, as well as service and support facilities. Most importantly it will also serve as a significant economic development tool and an architectural centerpiece of the downtown master redevelopment plan.
“Lorin Industries is proud to have played a role in the project collaboration involving the design of the Owensboro, Kentucky Convention Center,” says Steven Soderberg, Corporate Marketing and Sales Manager of Lorin Industries. “This project was conceived by the design team and architects at Trahan Architects and through the collaboration of Trahan Architects, Lorin Industries, MetalTech-USA and F.L Crane, the results were absolutely stunning."
Early 1800s tobacco barns found throughout the Kentucky region inspired Trahan's design on the building's exterior. To achieve this look, Trahan juxtaposed MetalTech-USA's reveal panel system with Lorin Industries BlackMatt ColorIn® Long Line Brushed finish on the building's exterior with ClearMatt® Long Line Brushed finish on the soffits and inward facing exterior walls. This combination created the dramatic effect they wanted to accomplish.
Also integral in achieving this look, is the rainscreen system engineered and fabricated by MetalTech-USA. This system, composed of roughly 100,000 sf Anodized Aluminum Vertical Interlocking Reveal Panels, was designed with minimal flashing and panel joints to create the sleek exterior. In order to minimize visible flashings and trim, there had to be a great deal of one-off panel fabrication to fit tight design specifications.
“Because of the nature of the angular wings at the North and South ends of the building, and the vertical orientation of the panel system, we were left with hundreds of panels with ranging lengths that required an angled panel,” says Eric Simonsen, MetalTech-USA VP of Project Management. “Each panel had to fit in an exact location on the building otherwise it would have been useless. This required extensive logistical planning, detailed field verification by the installer, and tight fabrication tolerances.”
Owensboro Convention Center was honored with the award of 2015 Top New or Renovated Meeting Site Award by Convention South, the national multimedia resource for planning events held in the South.
The installer on this project was F.L. Crane.
MetalTech-USA is a premier distributor and specialty fabricator of eco-friendly architectural metals specializing in roofing, rainwater, soffit and cladding systems. For more information, visit www.metaltech-usa.com, or call 770-486-8825.