Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings, then our buildings shape us.” Every building makes its mark on the surrounding community. Today architects, contractors and manufacturers are working to ensure that the mark is a positive one – shaping the community, the surrounding landscape and, ultimately, the future. Below are two recent projects featuring a range of Kawneer products. One project builds on the past to enhance the present and the future, while another is a new building that integrates architecture and environmental stewardship to shape a better future for the planet.

Its slogan reads, “Innovative architecture and environmental stewardship blend together in a new mixed-use office and retail development that redefines how we work.” Located on Pringle Creek, in Salem, Oregon, Waterplace is a mixed-use retail facility that is ecologically conscious, aiming to improve the natural habitat around the building. The facility offers six floors of office space, a roof-terrace and public plaza with water-garden. Geared towards redefining the green work environment, the parking lot has bicycle spaces and indoor shower facilities as well as preferred parking for hybrid and ultra-efficient vehicles. The location of the facility, with 50 percent of the building resting on the water bank, proved challenging for construction and Kawneer representatives were on hand to aid in construction planning.

To help create the environmentally responsible facility, Kawneer’s 1600 SunShades®, 1600 Wall System®1 curtain wall, Trifab® VG (VersaGlaze®) 451T framing, 8225TL IsoLock® Windows, GLASSvent® Windows and 350 Medium Stile Doors were used. Each high-performance product helped contribute to the strong aesthetics of the building. In addition, Kawneer’s 1600 SunShade® helped shade the building's interior and conserve energy, while its Trifab® VG 451T added increased thermal protection. Working closely, Kawneer, glazing contractor Dallas Glass and CB|Two Architects and CB|Two Construction (who not only designed the building, but own it and served as the project’s general contractor), were able to achieve a highly sustainable building that is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.


CB|Two Architects

Salem, Oregon, USA

Glazing Contractor:

Dallas Glass

Salem, Oregon, USA

Kawneer Products:

1600 Wall System®1 Curtain Wall

Trifab® VG (VersaGlaze®) 451T Framing

8225TL IsoLock® Windows

Designed as a cultural center for the city, Richmond CenterStage was renovated from the former Lowe’s theatre and historic Thalimer’s Department store to create 179,000 square feet of performance venues and rehearsal space for the city’s symphony, opera, ballet, theatre and other performing arts. Taking up nearly half a city block, Richmond CenterStage is the highest profile renovation the city has had in years. From its conception, the renovation plan was to use modern technology to restore the original look and feel of the building. “We needed a venue that would be acoustically suitable for a symphony, a ballet and a comedy show,” said Doug Acree, of W.H. Stovall, the project installer. “And not only that, but we required building products that could preserve the historic feel of the theatre.”

Chosen for their versatility, Kawneer products were used on the façade of the former department store to recreate the architectural look from the building’s history. These included a custom 1600 Wall System®1 curtain wall, Trifab® VG (VersaGlaze®) 451 framing and 500 Wide Stile entrances in a Platinum finish. Both the curtain wall and framing offered architects flexibility with multiple fabrication, design and performance choices. The Trifab® VG 451 framing was inside glazed and custom designed for 1 3/16-inch glass, providing a unique option for this retrofit project. The entrances, which are specially designed for high traffic areas, provide the durability needed to withstand the large crowds that will pass through the theatre and the Platinum finish was chosen to complement the historic colors of the building. The building also utilized Reynobond Zinc Composite Material (ZCM) panels from Alcoa Architectural Products on the former department store. These panels provide flatness, durability, ease of fabrication and cost-effectiveness. Their natural blue-gray pre-weathered finish was developed for both historic districts and older buildings renovations. The completed project took eight years and over $73 million dollars, and held its first live performance in late 2009.


Wilson Butler Architects

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Glazing Contractor:

W.H. Stovall & Co.

Ashland, Virginia, USA

Kawneer Products:

Custom 1600 Wall System®1 Curtain Wall

Trifab® VG (Versa Glaze) 451 Framing

500 Wide Stile Entrances

Alcoa Architectural Products:

Reynobond Zinc Composite Material (ZCM)