The checklist for what makes a project successful will almost always include staying at or under budget. The new packaging facility and adjacent office project for Forest Pharmaceuticals in Cincinnati was able to stay on budget with some help from Citadel Architectural Products.
“We had originally planned to go with a different product,” says Architect Bill Hladio of Process Plus in Cincinnati. “Fortunately our rep was able to offer us the Panel 20 system from Citadel at a significant savings. That allowed us to keep the look we wanted and take that money and float it into other parts of the project.”
Hladio says the Citadel rep was able to provide installation details, which helped the install go smoothly.
“It was a pretty straight-forward project,” says Justin Rolfes of Celina Glass in Celina, Ohio. “The Citadel product is very well-designed. I’d say it was easier to work with and install than other products we’ve worked with.”
Rolfes says Celina Glass has worked with a variety of wall panel products on small and large commercial construction projects. Celina Glass project completions range from universities, civic projects and industrial projects to public work projects, hospitals and office buildings. Rolfes says his crew worked on the Forest Pharmaceuticals project, on and off, for four months.
The Panel 20 two-piece molding system from Citadel Architectural Products is available in six standard sizes, however, panels can be easily cut-to-size in the field. Citadel also offers cut-to-size services. Panel 20 is a composite panel for exterior use made by bonding an aluminum skin to a substrate of thermoset phenolic resin. A second aluminum skin is added as a backer and provides thermal stability and panel balance. Panel 20 is impact resistant, water resistant and provides smoothness in a wide variety of finishes.
The office building at the front of Forest Pharmaceuticals features approximately 12,360 square-feet of clear anodized Panel 20 panels. The office building is approximately 30,000 square-feet and the packaging facility is 80,000 square-feet.
“There were a lot of corners, a lot of angles where three or four panels were coming together,” Rolfes says. “That was the only real challenging part, but if it’s installed correctly, it will go together just like it’s supposed to. It looks great, everyone is happy with the way it looks.”