Approximately 8,500 sq. ft. of Metl-Span CF-36 Striated Insulated Wall Panels were selected as a key component on the third-largest Whole Foods store in the world. The 2” panels, finished in custom Vancouver Copper Kynar, were installed horizontally.
Located in Lincoln Park, IL, the new 75,000 sq. ft. store includes seven neighborhood-themed eateries, a stage for music and seating for 400 in the eating and lounge areas. The store also offers a 420-car indoor parking lot.
The project provides a great example of metal architectural and construction techniques. The Metl-Span insulated panels interface with precast and other metal products including ACM, corrugated panels and perforated panels.
Installation of the Metl-Span panels and other metal products was done by Tuschall Engineering Company, Inc., Burr Ridge, IL. Tuschall Engineering was involved in the design of the project from the very beginning, according to James C. Tuschall, president. “We worked on the project for nearly three years from start to finish,” he said. “The architect wanted a very flat surface for the cladding at the top of the building and wrapping around the top level of the parking structure. The installation of the Metl-Span panels was pretty straightforward and went very smoothly. The project looks great.”
Architectural design was provided by Gensler, Chicago. The general contractor on the project was Bentley Construction, Deerfield, IL.