In 2015, Urbahn Architects completed Farmingdale State College’s newest building, its School of Business. College officials commissioned the architecture firm with the intention of developing a building that would exemplify the school’s shift in focus from agriculture to science and technology. In addition to creating a new building for the School of Business, architects also took this opportunity to incorporate elements from previous projects on campus to produce a new cohesive look.
Peter Verne of Urbahn Architects explained, “While the building mission, program, and design look forward, the façade includes gestures that preserve its connection with the college’s roots.”
“While past development has steadily moved campus activity to the south and west, this gesture is intended to help reconnect the campus population with its origins and re-energize the historic campus center,” Verne continued.
One way architects used building materials to hint at the college’s earlier days was by using aluminum composite material. ALPOLIC® Charcoal Mica Finish ACM is featured around the building’s staircase as well as the elevator shaft. Verne states that the material’s “…iridescence reflects that of the slate roofs on the nearby historic buildings.”
The aluminum composite material used for the school’s interior features Lumiflon FEVE resin technology. Architectural surfaces that are enriched with FEVE resin technology enjoy a plethora of benefits, all of which help prevent coating degradation. Some advantages provided by Lumiflon FEVE resin include color and gloss retention, durability, and the ability to withstand exposure to UV radiation, water and salt for extended periods of time.
With Lumiflon FEVE resin, Farmingdale State College’s School of Business will remain in pristine condition for decades, where it will continue to connect the university’s future to its past through design.
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