The Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was constructed to fit into its site where the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers meet, using traditional and practical façade features devised by Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture.
The performing and visual arts center replaced the obsolete Uuniversity of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Kjer Theatre and the community's State Theatre.
It features a 1,200-seat theater/concert hall, a 400-seat theater and a 250-seat flexible-use space, as well as visual arts galleries, a dance studio, classrooms, rehearsal rooms and a recording studio.
Around 30,000 square feet of Insulated metal panels from Metl-Span were used for the façade, which also features 18,000 square feet of shop-fabricated copper, and locally mined stone.
“The location along the river played a big part in the design process,” says Gilbert Oh, at Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture of New York.
“Metal panels were a pragmatic decision because of the insulation. The depth of the panels helps the appearance because they are high up and we didn’t want that look to get lost from the street.”
Because the insulated metal panels were installed on the upper mezzanine level, the use of a tower crane was required to hoist panels to the roof. From there, panels were lowered into place with a swing crane.
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