Standard Parking Garage at 11th & Oak

Designed by George Butler Architects for the Power & Light District of Downtown Kansas City, this is a parking structure's facade was constructed using stainless steel as well as perforated aluminum surface to allow airflow for an otherwise congested space.

The aluminum screen wall was engineered, custom perforated, and installed as an facade panel system. The system also has uses for unusual panel sizes and unique details, as was the case with Standard Parking. Each of the panels was installed using an the Inverted Seam dry-joint system for integrated walls. The cornice and bold stainless steel fins were engineered, fabricated and installed to digitally defined coordinates.

Four massive stainless steel-clad fins rise at the building's center.
Four massive stainless steel-clad fins rise at the building's center.
Standard Parking Garage During Construction.
Standard Parking Garage During Construction.
Standard Parking Garage During Construction.
Standard Parking Garage During Construction.
Rooftop awning at Standard Parking.
Rooftop awning at Standard Parking.
Standard Parking at dusk.
Standard Parking at dusk.
Rooftop awning system in Kansas City.
Rooftop awning system in Kansas City.
Interior staircase details at Standard Parking Garage in Kansas City.
Interior staircase details at Standard Parking Garage in Kansas City.
West elevation of Standard Parking Garage in Kansas City.
West elevation of Standard Parking Garage in Kansas City.
Detail of the Angel Hair® surface used on the stainless steel fins.
Detail of the Angel Hair® surface used on the stainless steel fins.
Detail of the stainless steel fins with Angel Hair® Stainless Steel.
Detail of the stainless steel fins with Angel Hair® Stainless Steel.
Interior mullion attachment for the perforated metal aluminum panels.
Interior mullion attachment for the perforated metal aluminum panels.

Building the Standard Parking Garage

Zahner developed the design for Standard Parking Garage using drop and lock details to enable quick and simple installation. Each of the panels locks into anchored connections on the concrete structure. This enabled a rapid schedule for the project's facade. 

The above photographs were more than a decade after the project's completion. Stainless steel is often chosen over aluminum due to its high-performance sheen which never dulls and requires no maintenance. Aluminum is more porous, and over time it begins to dull, but this is not yet the case with Standard Parking Garage screen-wall.