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Indiana Law Enforcement Center


The new Law Enforcement Center in Elkhart, IN, is a joint venture with the Indiana Department of Administration and the Indiana State Police. The office and training center is the first building in the state to co-locate four law enforcement agencies. The high-tech facility functions as an Indiana State Police post and also houses components of three additional Indiana law enforcement entities. Covering a portion of the new building's exterior are rainscreen wall panels from Dri-Design.

The Dri-Design Wall Panel System is an affordable dry-joint, pressure-equalized rainscreen system. Approximately 4,300 sq. ft. of Dri-Design .080" aluminum panels, finished in Musket Gray, Granite and custom State Police Blue, were utilized. Panel sizes ranged from 1’ x 2’ to 4’ x 4’, with colors and sizes installed in a random design pattern.

Architectural design for the $5 million project was provided by American Structurepoint, Inc., Indianapolis. IN. The challenging design program required balancing the needs of diverse users in one seamless office space while retaining an individual identification for each, according to Dan Weinheimer, head of American Structurepoint’s architectural group.

“This was our first time to use the Dri-Design system,” Weinheimer said. “The panels gave us a clean, sharp look without the caulking and sealant that can degrade over time. And the Dri-Design worked well with the structural system which was insulated concrete forms. The colored panels integrated with the staggered pattern that we had created with the glazing to create the distinctive checkerboard effect.”

Installation of the panels was done by Schust Engineering, Inc., Fort Wayne, IN. The Dri-Design distributor was Spohn Associates, Indianapolis.

Dri-Design panels can be made from a variety of materials including painted aluminum, zinc, copper and stainless steel and are 100% recyclable. Panels are available in any Kynar color in both standard and custom sizes.

About Dri-Design

DriDesign_logo_020511Dri-Design was founded in 1995 to "solve significant problems with traditional metal panel systems—delamination, staining because of the effects of weather on joints and gaskets, a lack of color and texture options, the rising cost of production and inefficient installation practices." Panels of the Dri-Design® Wall Panel System can be installed over commercial-grade Tyvek onto plywood, or they can be used with outboard insulation pressure-equalized rainscreen systems. 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 fluoropolymer paint color and are sized and detailed to meet the specific requirements of each project. Unique profiles include: Shadow, Tapered, Perforated, Embossed, Textured, 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 www.dri-design.com.

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