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Butler Tech Bioscience Center Modernizes Technical Education
ProjectButler Tech Bioscience Center
LocationWest Chester, OH
ArchitectMcGill Smith Punshon Inc, Cincinnati
DistributorBrock Associates LLC, Pittsburgh
FabricatorComposite Panels Innovations (CPI), Pittsburgh
InstallerValley Interior Systems, Cincinnati
ProductALPOLIC® fr/BBR Red/two-coated 4MM

For nearly 10 months, drivers along Ohio’s Interstate 75 watched a building take shape in a new planned healthcare epicenter in the town of West Chester. What began as an unassuming black building during the initial stage of its construction became the talk of the town once bold red aluminum composite panels were added to the exterior. Accentuated with glass and brick, the new Butler Tech Bioscience Center is a striking presence where instructors and students are now preparing to usher in the future of technical education.

A unique building with a unique purpose, the Butler Tech Bioscience Center is home to a blended learning and mastery program in the cross-section area of business and healthcare. Its programs offer high school juniors and seniors, as well as adults, certificates in biomedical sciences, dental assisting, exercise science, pharmacy tech and other areas of study. The center is a nearly constant hub of activity, hosting secondary classes during the day and adult learning at night. It currently houses nearly 32,000 square feet of classroom and laboratory space with plans to add an additional 18,000 square feet during its next phase of construction.

A facility made with such a forward-looking mission clearly required a bold look. “Butler Tech wanted a high-impact color to complement its black and gold color scheme,” said Craig Rambo, lead architect on the project. His company, McGill Smith Punshon, Inc., one of the oldest firms in the greater Cincinnati area and one of the top 25 firms in the state, turned to ALPOLIC® Materials to achieve a visual design that provides modern lines and a cutting-edge feel. The result: dramatic, sharply angled surfaces that thrust upward and outward, accented with bright swaths of color.

ALPOLIC® provided samples of stock color BBR, a vibrant, double-coated red finished with Valspar’s Lumiflon FEVE coating. This coating was chosen for its outstanding color consistency and high gloss. The coating also offers extreme resistance to the elements and is designed to work with graffiti-removing solvents.

“We looked at other colors but just kept coming back to red,” said Rambo. “We know ALPOLIC is a great product. We love the dynamic look and the way the ACM material allows us to bend and shape it to form the characteristic slopes and angles that make this building so interesting.”

The red composite panels were affixed to a black metal rain-screen system—chosen for its durability and its suitability for unusual, sloping shapes. The rain-screen system contributes to the building’s sleek, modern looks, while also ensuring that it will withstand unpredictable Midwestern weather.

Rambo says an additional benefit from the bold color and angular design is increased visitors to the center. “People stop by to see it and get a closer look at the building. It’s created a buzz surrounding the center, and it’s definitely gotten Butler Tech attention for its new campus.”

Today drivers on Interstate 75 can’t miss the Butler Tech Bioscience Center—its dramatic form and vibrant colors combine to make a bold statement of purpose. The Bioscience Center was created to house innovative education programs that will have a positive impact on the future of technology and healthcare. Thanks to ALPOLIC®, its facilities are as modern as its mission.

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