Kansas State University’s satellite campus in Salina, KS specializes in aviation and aeronautical studies. Located on the site of the former Schilling Air Force Base, a focal point of the campus is the new Student Life Recreation Center. The 34,000 sq. ft. facility is an integral part of the first phase of the long range plan for developing the campus.
The Center offers a gymnasium, elevated running track, racquetball court, weight room, lounge, locker room and administrative offices.
The project was designed by The Ebert Mayo Design Group of Manhattan, KS. “It’s a technical campus and we wanted to create a ‘wow factor’ that would be in keeping with its character,” said Rob Westberg, project architect.
Approximately 15,000 sq. ft. of Citadel’s Envelope 2000® metal composite material (MCM) was used to create the look the design team sought. The Citadel panels were installed using the Reveal (RV) System, a field assembled attachment method utilizing perimeter moldings, and finished in Silver Metallic.
The Citadel-clad overhang on the building is symbolic of an aviation wing, according to Westberg. The Citadel panels were also formed to create column covers.
The Citadel panels were installed by Hausman Metal Works, St. Joseph, MO. Architect Rob Westberg was very pleased with the detailed finishing of the installation. “They had some real craftsmen working on the job,” he said.
Hausman Metal Works has considerable experience with Citadel RV System. “For this type of application, we would prefer to use it over any of the other competitive systems that are available,” according to project manager Bryce McClurg. “There are cheaper systems out there but we don’t feel there are any better.”
McClurg particularly likes the field assembled aspect of the RV System. “It’s more user-friendly,” he said. “There are more things that you can do with it in the field as opposed to products where the panels come pre-formed based on field measurements. That may work in a perfect world but in reality you need to have some flexibility and formability in the field. That’s where the RV System really shines.”
The Citadel sales representative was J.D. Day & Company, Overland Park, KS.