Welcome to ‘Stainless Solutions’ from IMOA. Each month, we will cover a different stainless steel issue with tips on design and specification, and links to technical resources. This month’s issue looks at the use of stainless steel on building exteriors, including mullions, traditional curtain wall, double skin systems, and sunscreens.
|Stainless Steel on Exterior Walls|
While it is often associated with modern design, stainless steel has played a significant historic role in the evolution of metal use on the exterior walls of buildings, starting with the Empire State Building in New York. Stainless steel remains a popular cladding material choice because of its longevity, amazing array of finish options, unique structural characteristics, resilience and sustainability.
Stainless steel uses in exterior wall applications are as diverse as the creativity of their designers. We have assembled a master list of informative brochures and articles covering a wide variety of building types and design concepts to stimulate your imagination. Colored stainless steel, traditional curtain wall, sunscreens, solar panels, and spectacular structural glass supported by stainless steel are all illustrated. If you are aware of other good technical (non-commercial) publicly available articles or brochures that discuss exterior wall stainless steel applications in detail, please send us information and links so that we can continue to expand this resource page.
Please see our information on stainless steel selection and specification before designing your project since each service environment is unique.
New York, USA projects (From left to right:) Goldman Sachs (in background), One World Trade Center, and Seven World Trade Center with the 9/11 Museum Pavilion in the center. All are clad in Type 316L stainless steel.
Photo courtesy of Catherine Houska, TMR Consulting.
Educational, Museums and Government
- Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, USA, Zaha Hadid
- “Anchored Mirror” public bathroom Saint Sebastian bay, Spain
- French public housing projects
- Edificio Forum in Barcelona, Spain – performance hall and exhibition center
- Milan, Italy trade fair building
- Multi-purpose government hall in Dole, France
- Pittsburgh’s memorial to western Pennsylvania, USA – glass, stainless and stone
- Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland
- Sony Centre in Berlin, Germany
- University artist studios in Aberystwyth, Wales
- US Army Corp of Engineers building in Seattle, USA – grey colored fish scales
- Vocational College of Upper Valais in Visp, Switzerland
- Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Wales
High Rises, Offices & Commercial Buildings
- 7 World Trade Center in New York, USA
- Beijing, China New Poly Plaza building – glass curtain walls
- BMW Welt building in Munich, Germany
- Chicago, USA projects article
- Hot dog stands in Vienna, Austria
- PB6 Tower Block in La Defense, Paris, France – Pei Cobb Freed
- Photo studio in Schilde, Belgium
- Marqués de Riscal Vineyard in Elciego, Spain
- Ten years after: The Mapfre Tower at the Olympic Village, Barcelona, Spain
|Stainless Steel Library|
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|Continuing Education – American Institute of Architects (AIA)|
IMOA is an AIA continuing education system approved provider with eight 1-hour programs that are registered for both live face-to-face and distance learning credit.
1. Stainless Steel Sustainable Design
2. Bioclimatic Design With Stainless Steel Weather Screens
3. Stainless Steel Structural Design
4. Stainless Steel Specification For Corrosive Applications
5. Deicing Salt: Stainless Steel Selection to Avoid Corrosion
6. Stainless Steel Finish Specification
7. Advanced Stainless Steel Specification and Problem Avoidance
8. Specification of Stainless Steel Finishes and Grades For Corrosive Applications
For more information or to schedule a workshop contact Catherine Houska, 412-369-0377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|What is IMOA?|
IMOA (International Molybdenum Association) is a non-profit industry association, which provides technical information to assist with successful specification of molybdenum-containing materials. Molybdenum is an element. When it is added to stainless steel, molybdenum increases its resistance to corrosion caused by deicing salts, coastal atmosphere and pollution.
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