The Youngker High School Performing Arts Center in Buckeye, Arizona was just a drawing when Metallic Building Company’s District Sales Manager Trey Ohl, and Wynn Pratt, of Architectural Building Systems, got involved. They could have gone structural steel with the construction. Ohl explains, “The building had been laid out, but not designed when we met with the architectural firm Orcutt/Winslow. The architects started asking us, ‘Can you do this?’ and we said ‘Absolutely.’ That is how you get the business. Find a way to do what they want to do. Many people will say no – just because they have not ever done it – without really knowing if it CAN be done.”
As a result, the client chose a custom-engineered building and the architects did not try to “hide” the nearly 20,000 sq. ft. building’s metal roots, but, instead, used its metal components in creative new ways. The building incorporates metal products that are typically seen in agricultural and industrial applications, such as horizontal perforated PBC wall panels. These panels were placed in front of the expansive, dramatic glass curtain that features modernistic openings in uneven locations. They lend a modern design element to the building, and screen the three-story lobby from the constant sun.
At the front of the building, the roof at the endwall cantilevers out 24 feet, like a flying wing. Traditional materials used in untraditional ways, combined with creative design, resulted in a visually creative modern performing arts center. The project was named 2010 Building of the Year in the Metallic Building Company’s Design Build competition.
The general contractor was Core Construction, Phoenix, Ariz.; the builder was Architectural Building Systems LLC, Phoenix, Ariz.; the erector was Commercial Steel Systems, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and the architect was Orcutt/Winslow of Phoenix, Ariz.