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Alucobond Helps McAllen, Texas, Public Library Shed ‘Big Box’ Image In Adaptive Reuse of Walmart Store

Alucobond, McAllen Public Library, Texas, Photos by John Gates, AIA

Project Name: McAllen, Texas, Public Library
Project Location: McAllen, Texas
Alucobond Materials: 15,000 sq. ft. 6mm Steel City Silver Mica
Year of Installation: 2011
Architect: Boultinghouse Simpson Gates Architects - McAllen, Texas
Fabricator/Installer: Bowman Distributing Co. San Benito, Texas
General Contractor: Barcom Construction, Inc. Corpus Christi, Texas
Images: John Gates, AIA, Bob Simpson, AIA, Nicole Gates
The new McAllen, Texas, Public Library – which opened on the site of a vacant Walmart in December 2011 – was envisioned by city officials from the start of architectural bidding to include environmentally friendly features. But, from the perspective of Boultinghouse Simpson Gates Architects in McAllen, no design could be more environmentally conscious than adaptively reusing the former “big box” retail store, saving approximately 130,000 square feet of building demolition debris from being sent to the local landfill. (more…)


MassArt Residence Hall Designed As Boston Skyline Painting With Custom-Colored Alucobond Plus ACM

Alucobond Plus, MassArt Residence, ADD, Boston, Photo by Peter Vanderwarker

Project Name: Student Residence Hall at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt)
Project Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Alucobond Materials: 174,768 sq. ft., 4mm thickness 7 custom colors, 5 gloss levels
Year of Installation: 2012
Architect: ADD, Inc., Boston
Fabricator/Installer: Lymo Construction Co., Inc., Merrimack, N.H.
General Contractor: Suffolk Construction Co., Inc., Boston
Images: Peter Vanderwarker courtesy of MassArt
The practical goal of the new $61-million 21-story Student Residence Hall at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) in Boston may have been to provide 145,600 square feet of on-campus accommodations for 493 students when it opens in the fall of 2012.  But the unique design of the new Residence Hall – which is clad in 5,500 Alucobond® Plus aluminum composite panels in seven custom colors that are dimensionally positioned with glass to invoke Gustav Klimt’s 1909 “Tree of Life” painting – has met an aesthetic goal to set the building apart on the Boston skyline and, thereby, create an idiosyncratic image for MassArt. (more…)