Architectural Metals Enhance Medical Facility Façade  

PrairieCare Medical Group specializes in behavioral and mental health services, with an emphasis on children and adolescents. Its tenth facility, located in Rochester, Minn., opened in late 2019 with a primary emphasis on providing plentiful natural daylight. This is evident from the front façade’s extensive glazing. To frame the glazing and add some calming counterpoint to that elevation’s pattern and color, designers opted for neutral-toned metal flush and relief wall panels installed in a vertical arrangement that echoes the curtainwall’s mullions.


Designed by architectural firm HGA, the project’s vertical metal panels are paired with horizontal courses of woodgrain-patterned aluminum panels in a bright terra cotta finish to highlight the two front entrances, with fiber cement panels, also installed horizontally, in a mixed pattern of neutral grays and creams between the two doorways. HGA used Flush and Reveal Wall Panels from Petersen Aluminum in both 7- and 11-inch widths. The .032-gauge aluminum panels were installed in a double-height arrangement and feature a Weathered Zinc finish. This variety was intended to add visual depth and eliminate any feeling of flatness or thinness.

Innovative Building Concepts served as the panel installer and MG McGrath Architectural Glass & Glazing was the glazing contractor.

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