Valspar Helps Office Building Achieve a Bold Urban Design
Professionals of Pittsburgh have a new building in the city’s Strip District neighborhood – the first project completed at The Offices at 3 Crossings, 2501 Smallman. The Strip District is an emerging area that provides unique dining and shopping options for visitors and residents alike. The neighborhood is made up of a multi-cultural melting pot, featuring businesses owned by people from across the globe. The beginning of The Offices at 3 Crossings compliments this collaborative idea by offering an open and shared work setting. The urban flex office atmosphere helps blend the progressive workplace model of open offices with the existing urban design qualities of the Strip.
The Offices at 3 Crossings is home to several technology and design firms and provides local and traveling professionals with 52,000 square feet of convenient office space for private, creative and collaborative work experiences.
WTW Architects was hired for the project and tasked with developing a traditional, yet contemporary design to fit the progressive Strip District aesthetic, along with the changing needs of modern tenants and future occupants. Fabral provided 20,000 square feet of its Ultra Rib, 4” Rib and Select Series metal wall and roof panels finished in Valspar’s Fluropon Classic II exterior architectural coating in the color pewter to adorn the building’s exterior. Fabral’s heavy-duty 4” Rib metal panels give the structure an intense industrial appearance while allowing for a variety of texture and tone to aid in the building’s overall urban aesthetic.
Valspar’s Fluropon Classic II architectural coating was chosen for its high performance exterior finish. Part of the Fluropon family, the Fluropon Classic II coating system is comprised of 70 percent Polyvinylidene Fluoride proprietary resins. Its durable color coat contains mica pearlescent flakes, which enhance the exterior of 2501 Smallman and gives a directional appearance. Furthermore, the coating also helped in meeting LEED and Energy Star requirements.
Additional interior developments were made at 2501 Smallman to contribute to the overall sustainability goals of the new structure, including installing natural lighting and smart building controls which helps monitor and control building temperatures and reduce unnecessary electricity use. EV car charging systems are also available for building tenants and visitors. With sustainability as a focal point of design, architects and building owners alike set a goal of achieving LEED Silver Certification. With the help of the Energy Star benefits attributed to the Fibril 4” Rib metal panels and the solar reflective properties in Fluropon Classic II architectural coating, the building is well on its way to receive this certification.
The progressive building and Strip neighborhood will continue to be a fresh spot of attraction that sparks collaboration and creativity in a city known for its historical demeanor and international allure.