Manufacturers’ Custom Design And Flexibility Provides Ideal Solution For Japanese American Museum|
The Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles stands as a tribute to the struggles and ultimate successes of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Fittingly, the construction of the museum’s new 85,000-square-foot pavilion mirrors this Japanese American experience. The project presented many design obstacles, each of which was overcome with not just a workable solution, but an ideal one.
The pavilion was designed by renowned architect Gyo Obata, founder and design principal of Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum. EFCO® Corporation of Monett, Missouri, was chosen to provide the structure’s curtainwall system, primarily due to the company’s reputation for offering unmatched custom design options and flexibility.
The project called for a mixture of standard curtainwall systems and modified systems to accommodate a multitude of building shapes, conditions, and architectural features. EFCO Series 5900 curtainwall provided flexibility to customize the system and achieve the desired design effect.
One example of the versatility of 5900 curtainwall is its custom horizontals that anchor to pipe columns, eliminating the intermediate vertical mullions to create a more dramatic visual effect. Other custom design elements provided additional flexibility throughout all phases of the project.
The first challenge was cost. How could the glazing contractor minimize the owner’s costs for this complicated project — while still maintaining the architect’s design intent?
The versatility of an EFCO two-color compatible glazing system allowed the contractor to utilize the high-quality finish chosen for the exterior and save costs by using a quality interior-grade paint on the interior metal surface. The process was aided by the wide variety of finishing options available within the EFCO product line. The components were painted at the EFCO facility.
Next came the design challenge to furnish a glazing system that would accommodate the architect’s desire for specially shaped extrusions.
EFCO Corporation representatives thoroughly reviewed the company’s extensive library of custom shapes to present options that most closely matched the architect’s vision. How effective were they in doing so? Hearing the architect say, “That is exactly what I was looking for”, says it all.
And finally, the engineering challenge. How could four different thicknesses of monolithic and laminated glass be accommodated?
Once again, EFCO representatives tapped into the company’s extensive library of extrusion dies for the answer. And once again, the effectiveness of doing so is evident. The search revealed multiple glass pocket reducers within a single system to perfectly cover the changing thickness. Different gasket widths were also provided to accommodate even smaller glass thickness changes.
EFCO Corporation worked hand in hand with the museum’s management team for the early stages of the project to assist its estimating staff with invaluable design, schedule, and pricing information. The results of the efforts of all those involved with this project can be seen in the inspired faces of visitors to the facility.