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Architects Design Beautiful University Building With Aluminum Composite Infused With LUMIFLON Fluoropolymer Technology

Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex, Flad Architects, Photography Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing

The Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex, KIRC, is an over 140,000 square-foot building on the UWM campus designed by Flad Architects. Completed in 2015, the building was the first new construction on campus in two decades. The building houses the college’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics departments.

Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex, Flad Architects, Photography Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing
Photography © Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

The LEED Gold compliant structure utilizes ALPOLIC® fire-retardant panels in silver metallic and custom terra cotta finishes. As representatives at ALPOLIC describe, “…the building brings together a stunning variety of design elements – multilayered façades, complex angles, tapered canopies, vertical columns, horizontal grilles, extensive glazing and more.”

ALPOLIC further describes, “Tying it all together are two principal colors and textures: warm terra cotta tiles imported from Germany complemented by ALPOLIC®/fr fire-retardant materials in a sleek metallic silver finish. ALPOLIC® materials in a secondary, custom color are used on soffits and other exterior details to match the terra cotta tiles. Inside, ALPOLIC® materials in the metallic silver finish adorn balconies, stairwells and ceilings.”

Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex, Flad Architects, Photography Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing
Photography © Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

Fabricated by John W. McDougall Co. Inc., the project utilizes 52,000 square feet of ALPOLIC®/fr BSX Silver Metallic and 3,200 square feet in a custom COT Terra Cotta. ALPOLIC utilized their color-matching abilities to provide an exact color match to the architect’s intended terra cotta finish. Each finish is infused with Lumiflon FEVE resin technology, supplied by Sherwin-Williams. The addition of fluoropolymer resin allows for unparalleled gloss and color retention, ensuring the panels achieve longevity and sustainable performance.

Since its construction, the project has received three of Wisconsin’s InBusiness Magazine 10 Commercial Design Awards in 2016: Best New Development or Renovation – Education, Best Green-Built Project and Project of the Year.

Photography © Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

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