Streetscape Developments Inc. of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada chose insulated metal panels from Metl-Span to achieve its goal of constructing a unique new office building that would not only appropriately reflect the company’s building philosophy, but draw other businesses to want to lease its additional storefront spaces.
The vision of Streetscape and Kent Sutherland Group Architecture of Saskatoon was to offer spaces with energy efficiency, good air quality and abundant natural light. The facility is “solar ready,” meaning its roof structure and electrical systems were designed from the start to accommodate photovoltaic panels on the entire roof.
In 2009, Streetscape Developments decided to exceed national, provincial and regional guidelines on energy efficiency by building homes to a higher standard. The second floor Streetscape offices are expressed by two energy-efficient and contemporary elements: a large, white rectangular box which holds the exterior staff at one end and a red rectangle, which houses the company offices.
To ensure the building met the R-value and building code requirements, Metl-Span’s CF 36 architectural wall panels were installed in three different exterior colors. All panels have a four-inch urethane core between a 22-gauge Galvalume 90 exterior panel and a 26-gauge Galvalume 90 interior panel. Architectural Flat was chosen for the exterior panel profile, while Light Mesa, an an Igloo White color, was selected for the interior panels.
A total of 7,531 square feet of the CF 36 insulated metal panels were installed on the second level of the building: 3,534 square feet in Polar White; 1,627 square feet in Silver Metallic; and 2,370 square feet in Excelisior LG, a custom red to match the company logo.
Thermo Design Insulation of Saskatoon installed the IMPs and PCL Construction of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada served as the general contractor.
A single-skin metal panel was specified for the lower level of the building. With heavy traffic and snow removal equipment working near the building, architects and the building owner decided it would be more practical to replace any damaged single skin panels than an insulated metal panel.
All of the office windows are operable and the building’s exterior design provides many options for exterior signage and street-level entrances.