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University of Colorado, Denver


University of Colorado, Denver

Denver, Colorado

The downtown campus of the University of Colorado, Denver (UCD) has a new landmark. It’s called the Academic Building. Designed by Denver-based architects, Anderson Mason Dale, the 132,000 square foot, $65.8 million project includes an office wing that consists of five stories and a lecture hall wing.

For Cliff Davis, Clark Rheem Associates, Firestone Building Products sales representative in Denver, the call was one that every salesman likes. Not only had the architect’s spec already included a Firestone UltraPly™ TPO roof, but based on their satisfaction with a previous project, they also specified Firestone Series 2500NR Aluminum Plate Wall Panel for the new UCD Academic Building. This project was beginning to take form – an excellent opportunity to become a building envelope project.

The Series 2500NR metal wall panel has a clean, crisp look with aesthetically pleasing shadowing that gives the panel a lot of depth, and this is just what the architect had envisioned for UCD. However, 2500NR was not within their budget.

The Firestone team was able to adapt the Series 3200 Plate panel and maintain the architect’s design integrity within the general contractor’s budget parameters. Davis could see the additional costs were the result of an insulation system from a Firestone competitor. Ironically, Firestone was getting ready to launch its Enverge™ Cavity Wall insulation system. The new continuous insulation product was designed specifically to provide flexibility, ease of installation, dimensional stability and significant energy savings.

By allowing Firestone to provide the whole system, the client saved money without sacrificing building efficiency and design criteria, which also included custom metal panel shapes.

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