Completed in 2011, the Kohler Communications Building in Kohler, Wis., features weathered steel supplied by Central Service Steel Inc., Pelham, Ala. Maplewood, Minn.-based MG McGrath fabricated and installed 18,000 square feet of 12-gauge Corten exterior custom perforated wall panels in a rust color with a pre-rusted finish. MG McGrath also fabricated and installed 2,000 square feet of Corten interior custom perforated wall panels in a rust color finished on both sides with incralac. Holes in the weathered steel panels have 3/8-inch-thick Plexiglas lenses. Light fixtures are pointed at the back of the panels to provide a light source for the lenses.
The interior panels were mounted to custom-fabricated I-beams that were also Corten steel and pre-rusted. Every other door was mounted on hinges welded to the panels and welded in place on-site by tradesmen. The building’s owner is the Kohler Co., Kohler. The general contractor was CG Schmidt, Milwaukee, and the architect was San Francisco-based Gensler.
Metal Architecture | Perforated Wall Panels Define Kolher Communications Building
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