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  Innovative and Sleek Dri-Design Clads HRDC Cumberland Community Center

The new headquarters for the Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission (HRDC) sets an example as the first LEED® registered building in its area with many Green features. In addition to being ‘Green’, the new HRDC Cumberland Community Center contributes a modern, state-of-the-art appearance to the revitalization of the Allegany County business district.

Gary Moshier, partner in the Moshier Studio specified the Dri-Design Wall Panel System. “We were looking for an economical metal cladding system that would be compatible with the rain screen design we were using in the masonry”, stated Moshier. Dri-Design is a 100% recyclable, pressure equalized rain-screen, architectural metal wall panel system that attaches to nearly any substrate without the use of clips or extrusions.

The unique patented interlocking design and automated manufacturing process makes Dri-Design unique in the industry. The patented interlocking design also functions as a superior method of water management. Because of this unique technology, the panels perform flawlessly in the long term, without the delaminating, streaking or staining associated with silicone sealants, gaskets, and laminated products.

“Dri-Design helped us coordinate the finishes on their panels with the windows, storefront, and coping systems,” added Moshier. The system also contributes to the sleek design of the HRDC Cumberland Community Center. “Don’t let its sleek, simple design fool you, the panel system is as innovative as they come,” stated Dri-Design President Brad Zeeff. “Dri-Design’s patented design has passed the most stringent air, water, and structural testing requirements in the industry, including the AAMA 508-07 test for pressure equalized rain-screens, as well as Miami Dade County hurricane testing.”

To keep its product cost-effective, Dri-Design uses the latest automation technologies to streamline the manufacturing process; each panel is produced in a matter of seconds. This in addition to the ease of installation, clients are assured faster cladding lead times, and buildings are occupied sooner making Dri-Design an affordable choice.

The panel system by Dri-Design offers superior sustainability. While the average 4mm standard composite panel core is laminated to very thin aluminum skins, Dri-Design uses only solid plate aluminum, zinc and copper sheet metals to create durable architectural panels that are 100% recyclable. “At Dri-Design, we have a strict policy of recycling and creating products that are sustainable, so our environment – and those who live in it – have a fighting chance,” added Zeeff.

Dri-Design was easy to work with commented Moshier. “We are very pleased with the appearance as well as the ease of design and construction.” Panels can be tailored to individual size specifications and manufactured from a variety of gauges of aluminum, zinc, copper, stainless steel, weathering steel, and titanium. Plus, the color palate is unlimited. Any Kynar® color is available at no additional charge.

Always innovating, Dri-Design recently released Dri-Design with Ombrae™. This innovative technology allows virtually any image to be sculpted into the company’s architectural panels. The new Ombrae Imaging Technology uses an advanced computer software system to cut three-dimensional pixels into Dri-Design panels. Any image – from a graphic design or corporate logo to a photography or illustration – can be created.

From the Latin word meaning “many shadows,” the Ombrae technology breaks down an image into individual pixels. Each pixel’s optional reflective position is then calculated and punched into the Dri-Design wall panels. Engineered to stay attached to the base panel, the 3-D pixels act as reflectors to catch light or cast a shadow. This creates an almost-holographic image that presents slightly differing appearances depending upon the lighting and viewing angle.

“There’s really nothing like this in the metal industry,” according to Brad Zeeff, president of Dri-Design. “This proprietary process has been in development for more than two years and we’re delighted to bring it to the marketplace. These architecturally expressive panels have the potential to really challenge the imagination of designers.” For more information on Dri-Design® call 616-355-2970 or visit www.dri-design.com.

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