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1747 Panorama Point

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This project is unique in that the vestibule roofs are curved, insulated panels that are installed through curved openings cast into the main wall panels. A single curved panel is both a roof at the building exterior and a ceiling at the building interior. Meadow Burke provided the lift engineering to get this done. The curved panels provide a striking exterior "eyebrow" over the entry doors, as well as a unique visual feature in the lobby interior. By utilizing the Thermomass panel insulation system, the building owner was able to achieve a thermally efficient building envelope that encompasses the vestibule roofs, without the need for additional furring and traditional wall insulation. Also, the vestibule walls and ceilings were left as painted concrete, which, when combined with the curved storefront glazing, creates a very appealing entrance.

Another great feature of the project is the equipment yard screening wall. The small panels comprising this wall are constructed entirely of excess concrete from several different projects that would otherwise have become waste material. For several weeks prior to installation of the wall, Panel Masters personnel kept wall and post forms on hand and poured wall pieces using the leftover concrete from their regular pours. These pieces were then brought, a few at a time, to a central location and stored until they were needed on the Panorama Point project. By doing this, Panel Masters was able to recycle a significant amount of waste concrete and save the project in excess of $25,000 off the estimated cost of the screen wall.

Equipment outdoor storage sheds are tilt-up panel "lean-to's" with a pre-finished sheet metal roofing system. The project utilizes the Thermomass panel insulation system, thin brick veneer in the Innovative Brick herringbone liner, structural return sections cast monolithically with the main wall panels to support the vestibule roof panels, large radius parapet sections extending more than six feet above the roof line for equipment screening, and a diagonal reveal pattern on the front and sides of the building.

This project was initially designed by and built for Ray Grosshans, the owner of Panel Masters, Inc, to serve as the new headquarters for Panel Masters. It is intended to expand the limits of what is possible to do with tilt-up construction and to showcase the skills of Panel Masters personnel.

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Project Location

Lafayette, CO
United States

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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
Panel Masters, Inc.
Innovative Brick Systems LLC
Heidi Grosshans

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Storage Facilities
Brick (Thin)
Paint (Flat)
Cantilevered Panels
Curved Panels (Elevation-Edge)
Curved Panels (Plan-Face)
Interlocking Panels
Sandwich Panel (Non-Composite)
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
40 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
22,487 sq ft (2,089 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
13,177 sq ft (1,224 sq m)
Project Footprint:
13,177 sq ft (1,224 sq m)
Widest Panel:
2 ft 6 in (0.76 m)
Largest Panel:
943 sq ft (87.6 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
105,000 lbs (47,627 kg)