“Translucent Panels Create a Modern Architectural Look”
Located in Burbank, CA, The POINTE is a 14-story “LEED Gold certified” office building developed by M. David Paul Ventures and the Worthe Real Estate Group. FreMantle Media, one of the world’s largest international creators and producers of entertainment brands, recently joined the high-rise’s list of entertainment industry and new media tenants.
Shubin + Donaldson Architects, Santa Barbara, CA, designed the 72,328 square foot leased office space for FreMantle. The design-based architectural practice specializes in developing livable environments with a refined sensitivity towards sustainability. Overseeing the two-floors of construction was commercial general contractor Sierra Pacific Constructors based in Woodland Hills, CA.
Subcontracted by SPC, Pooles Construction, Inc., Anaheim, CA, began working on the FreMantle project in the “pre-construction phase”, developing pricing for different construction schemes which helped the tenant drive design and make budget decisions. The architectural design team was looking for a cost saving, translucent wall panel option to traditional glazing combined with visual appeal. The high quality, low cost, partition wall solution: LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ 10mm clear twin wall polycarbonate panels.
In this application, the design team deliberately left the framing exposed to view through the translucent panels. “The polycarbonate panels were screw fastened to the metal stud framing”, said Jordan Poole, Vice President of Pooles Construction, Inc. “We maintained a ¼” reveal between all panels and a uniform screw pattern throughout since the fasteners were visible.” This simple yet impressive design technique of integrating the clear multiwall panels with the framing members added dimension and a clean, modern, architectural look. Light permeates the panels while still offering privacy. The use of light transmitting polycarbonate panels allows daylight to penetrate the interior rooms of the office space, saving on the use of artificial lighting during the day.
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