We have helped architects, designers and facility owners put “new faces” on buildings of almost every type, shape, size and age. In doing so, our team has have given these facilities and their tenants a new lease on life. So while there are countless new buildings that incorporate GKD metal mesh façades, some of our greatest achievements have come from retrofit, renovation and refurbishment projects around the world.
Prominent Austrian Bank, Raiffeisen-Landesbank, features a unique inclined exterior design with a superimposed graphic on GKD metal fabric panels. Designed by Austrian firm, Strohecker, the bank was constructed with an emphasis on sustainability. Relying heavily on the use of natural daylight and energy-efficient building materials, GKD’s stainless mesh Tigris was specified.
There are many benefits produced as a byproduct of incorporating daylighting into an office building design. Access to daylight throughout the day improves employee well-being and overall health, even after leaving the office. Besides creating a pleasant working environment for employees, solar protection also plays a key part in supporting sustainable energy efficiency concepts.
In 2009, the Mayor of Phoenix, Ariz., introduced the Green Phoenix plan, partnering with community groups and individuals with the goal of becoming the most sustainable city in the United States. Exemplifying this partnership, Arizona State University built the 223,000 square foot Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Communication building in downtown Phoenix, providing new classrooms, office space and a home for local PBS affiliate KAET Channel 8. GKD–USA’s Lago stainless steel woven metal fabric was used to create sunscreens, bringing the sustainable elements of sun control to the building.