Brown University APM

Brown University Applied Math Building

The new building for Brown University’s Division of Applied Mathematics was completed in 2015. The surface of the building is clad with a custom layout of shingles in Zahner’s Solanum™ preweathered steel. This 13,000 square foot structure offers additional space for faculty, students and staff.

Zahner was specified on the job by the designers at Architectural Research Office (ARO), who had previously worked with the Solanum™ material on a residence in Telluride, CO. Adapting a similar shingled system for the new design at Brown University, the designers came up with a small tabletop mockup for the layout. This mockup allowed for rationalization of the overlap pattern, and the ability to figure out the layout early on.

Photo of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel

Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

Photo of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering SteelPhoto of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel

 

Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

Photo of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel

Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

Photo of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel

Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

The project was already streamlined, with cut lists ready and Zahner in the specs by the time it arrived in estimating. Because Zahner was clearly listed as the source for the finish, the construction management team at Shawmut knew who to contact, and were offered pricing in a quick and timely manner.

The cut list contained six different profiles for the shingles. These varying profiles were arranged in a stagger, with 2” overlaps to conceal face fasteners. The Architect also had determined their desired stagger for the layout, which would alternate overlaps at every course for the two layout options. Zahner worked with Shawmut Construction to coordinate the locations for the ¼” fastener holes, and provided shop drawings confirming exact dimensions for each of the profiles.

Photo of the ARO-designed custom shingle system and created a physical model

ARO designed a custom shingle layout and created a physical model.
Photo courtesy Architecture Research Office.

Photo of custom shingle layout

West elevation of the custom shingle layout for Brown Univeristy Applied Math Building.
Drawing courtesy Architecture Research Office.

Photo of unique shingle system developed by ARO

Two patterns for the custom shingle system.
Drawing courtesy Architecture Research Office.

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Construction drawings showing the six shingle profiles for Brown University.
Drawing courtesy Architecture Research Office.

Photo of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel

Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

Photo of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel

Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

Photo of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel

Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

Photo of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel

Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

Photo of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel

Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

Photo of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel

Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

Photo of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel

Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

Photo of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel

Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

Photo of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel

Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

Photo of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel

Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

Photo of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering SteelPhoto of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel

 

Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

Photo of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel

Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

Photo of Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel

Brown University Applied Math Building, clad in Zahner Solanum Weathering Steel.
Photo © A. Zahner Company.

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