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.

Building the Standard Parking Garage

Zahner engineers many of its panel systems with the Drop & Lock details. Each of the panels locks into anchored connections on the concrete structure, allowing for rapid installation. Many of the methods Zahner employs use similar processes that allow for field workers to use minimal tools to both install and adjust panels. The photos below show the garage half-way through the installation of aluminum panels. Each of the panels uses the DropLock for fast and smooth installation in the field.

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Four massive stainless steel-clad fins rise at the building's center
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Standard Parking Garage During Construction
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Detail of the Angel Hair® Surface used on the stainless steel fins
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Detail of the stainless steel fins with Angel Hair® Stainless Steel
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Detail of the interior mullions attachment for the perforated metal aluminum panels

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.