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PRESS RELEASE: An Artful Zinc Form is Created for a School of the Arts

   Author: Kate Gawlik
Location: Holland, MI

Holland, Michigan. December 5, 2017: The Cleveland School of the Arts is committed to making a long-term impact on its students, in humanities, sciences and the arts. The new school building was designed with Dri-Design VMZINC panels to impact the neighborhood and make an artful statement for decades to come. Zinc helps ground the building and provides a strong aesthetic, thereby creating a trademark feature on the public thoroughfare side of the school.

“We were asked to create a fun, exciting education facility to house the visual arts and performing arts curriculum at this school,” says Mark Schirmer, a project manager with Moody Nolan Inc., Columbus, Ohio. “The form was to inspire creativity, and a dynamic flow attributed to the multiple arts being instructed here. Dri-Design provided outstanding technical support and cost evaluations throughout the design phases and into the construction process.”

United Glass & Panel Systems, North Canton, Ohio, installed 26,189 square feet of 1-mm VMZINC Panels in QUARTZ-ZINC and ANTHRA-ZINC. ANTHRA-ZINC is a rich, charcoal black panel that offers natural color variations. It was used to clad a black box theater, emphasizing the program of the form. QUARTZ-ZINC is pre-weathered to achieve a matt-grey appearance. Both types of zinc will patina over time, with QUARTZ-ZINC getting darker and ANTHRA-ZINC getting lighter. This natural process enhances the beauty of zinc.

“There is no maintenance required for zinc panels because the aging process creates a natural protective coating,” says Brad Zeeff, president of Dri-Design. “Dri-Design also does not require any tapes, sealants or caulks in the installation process. This enhances the sustainability and longevity of all Dri-Design metal panels.”

The new 126,000-square-foot building is 33 percent larger than the former structure—a 1910 brick building—that stood at the same site. The school, which was founded in 1981, has been eagerly awaiting its new building, while operating from a temporary space since 2009.

With the new building, students now have many art-specific amenities, including studio classrooms, a black box theater, rehearsal and instructional spaces, a recording studio and choral room. Core subjects, like English, chemistry, biology and physics, also have dedicated classrooms. All of this, mixed with outstanding students and faculty, makes the Cleveland School of Arts one of the most prestigious and successful schools in the area.

For more information about the Dri-Design® Wall Panel System, call 616-355-2970 or visit

Dri-Design was founded in 1995 to solve significant problems with traditional metal panel systems—delamination, staining because of the effects of weather on joints and gaskets, a lack of color and texture options, the rising cost of production and inefficient installation practices. Advanced engineering and technology brought about the Dri-Design® Wall Panel System. The panels can be installed over commercial-grade Tyvek onto plywood, or they can be used as the most sophisticated outboard insulation pressure-equalized rainscreen. The 100% recyclable panels can be manufactured from a variety of materials, including zinc, copper, stainless steel, and painted and anodized aluminum. Panels are available in any fluoropolymer paint color and are sized and detailed to meet the specific requirements of each project. Unique profiles include: Shadow, Tapered, Perforated, Embossed, Textured, Imaging Technology and Inspire. These options create angles, textures, depth, images and performance that cannot be matched. The Dri-Design® Wall Panel System is Dade County and AAMA 508-07 approved.

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