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Indiana Blood Center


When the two-story addition to the Indiana Blood Center in Indianapolis was built back in 1990, a thin-set brick was used as the exterior cladding. There were problems with the veneer from the outset but it wasn’t until sections of it began to fall off that a local architect, CSO Schenkel Shultz, was called in. The architect was commissioned to find a cost-effective way to deal not only with the addition, but the dated look of the original four-story structure as well. Its recommendation was to cover both with the Dr-Design rainscreen cladding system.

Manufactured by Dri-Design Inc. of Holland, MI, the Dri-Design rainscreen cladding system uses an automated production process and features a quick and easy installation system that keeps its cost down. The system’s panels are available in a variety of substrates—including copper, zinc and stainless steel—but were provided for the Indiana project with the basic .050” aluminum substrate. Three different colors of panels were selected for the project, each of them formed in 30” x 30” module.

Spohn Associates of Indianapolis handled the installation. On the original building portion, it tied the panels to the existing brick and block. In the case of the addition, the old veneer had to be first be removed before installation of the new wall system could proceed.

Approximately 30,000 sq. ft. of the Dri-Design panels were ultimately used on the project.

About Dri-Design

DriDesign_logo_020511Dri-Design was founded in 1995 with the successful development of the Dri-Design® Wall Panel System. The system's panels can be installed over commercial-grade Tyvek onto plywood, or they can be used as a sophisticated outboard-insulation, pressure-equalized rainscreen. The 100% recyclable panels can be manufactured from a variety of materials, including zinc, copper, stainless steel, and painted and anodized aluminum. Panels are available in any Kynar color and are sized and detailed to meet the specific requirements of each project. Unique profiles include: Shadow, Tapered, Perforated, Embossed, Textured, Dri-Design® with Corian® EC, Imaging Technology and Inspire. These options create angles, textures, depth, images and performance that cannot be matched. The Dri-Design® Wall Panel System is Dade County and AAMA 508-07 approved. To learn more about the company's products, visit

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