Visual Arts Building - University of Iowa
The new Visual Arts Building on the University of Iowa campus is a Steven Holl inspired award-winning design that provides 126,000 sf of loft-like space for the departments of ceramics, sculpture, metals, photography, print making and 3D multimedia. It also includes graduate student studios, faculty and staff studios and offices, and gallery space.
The project was recently awarded the 2017 Chairman’s Award for overall excellence by the Metal Construction Association (MCA). (see link below)
The Visual Arts Building has an industrial aesthetic with 38,000 square feet of Rheinzink-cladding and poured-in-place concrete walls. The elevations on the southwestern and southeastern sides of the building are covered in 1.5-mm perforated stainless-steel panels, which comprise a rainscreen exterior envelope.
The Rheinzink panels, as well as the stainless steel panels, were custom designed, engineered and fabricated by Pohl Group. The perforated stainless steel panels bring natural light into the building through a series of scooped setbacks with 13,000 holes in a specific pattern in each of the stainless steel perforated panels.
AWS shop-assembled the channel glass as 10- to 12-foot-wide frames and set the pre-assembled units at each of the 23 terraces.