When plans were underway for the new Hotel Interurban in the close-in Seattle suburb of Tukwila, Washington, a “modern” and “contemporary” creation to match the region’s tech-focused economy was the top priority. During the design process, this translated into a metal palette of gray and tan earth tones that contrast against each other in patterns that emphasize the building’s squared-off lines.

Initially, designers with Group West Architecture had specified a fiber-cement product as their cladding of choice for the entire façade, but those plans were scrapped over budget concerns. Then the team at AMS, an Enumclaw, Washington-based distributor of high-performance exterior building materials, suggested Petersen’s PAC-CLAD Precision Series HWP panels as a cost-effective way to stretch the budget without compromising the design.

The revised plan uses the texture variations between the fiber cement and metal. In all, 77,260 square feet of .24-gauge aluminum HWP panels were specified in sandstone, bone white, charcoal and slate gray finishes.

Petersen, a Carlisle company, manufactures PAC-CLAD architectural metal cladding products in multiple gauges of steel and aluminum. PAC-CLAD products include standing seam metal roof panels, hidden and exposed fastener wall panels, flush- and reveal-joint panels and vented or solid soffit panels. All are available in a 70 percent PVDF finish in 45 standard colors that include a 30-year finish warranty. Most colors meet LEED and Energy Star requirements and are rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council.

This story originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of SNIPS magazine.