All discussions during the design phase of Innovation Hall at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis focused on constructing a facility that would host modern technology classes. A significant portion of the facade is comprised of aluminum composite material (ACM) from Alucoil.

According to the school’s website, Innovation Hall was constructed to meet the evolving teaching and research needs for programs in the School of Science, the School of Engineering and Technology and the School of Informatics and Computing. It also houses the university’s first Class 100 clean room, a specific type of space that provides high levels of cleanliness, allowing faculty and students to have space on campus to fabricate nanodevices. Innovation Hall, approximately 100,000 square feet of usable space, has general classrooms and faculty offices, engineering and science labs and a state-of-the-art theater with two curved LED screens.

“We wanted to deliver a clean aesthetic reflective of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education program,” says Max Adams, senior project architect, senior associate at Perkins & Will of Chicago. “ACM was a cost-effective solution that reflects the technology field.

“The metallic silver panels allow light to play off the facade," Adams adds. "They highlight the taught enclosure and clean lines as light grazes them. The metallic finish also gives the angled panels above windows shape even in overcast conditions.”

A total of 1,054 larson panels (26,000 square feet) were installed by Interior Specialties Inc. of Indianapolis. ISI also installed other metal components including the framing. 

“Everything went just the way it was supposed to go,” says Brad Tuggle, project manager for ISI. “The clips went on a little different than some other ACM products we’ve worked with, but that wasn’t a big deal. It looks really good and it’s definitely another job we’re proud of.”

Shaffner Heaney Associates Inc. of South Bend, Ind., served as fabricator for the aluminum composite material from Alucoil for Innovation Hall. 

“The ACM on this project has a very clean look,” says Mark Haab, Vice President of Operations at Shaffner Heaney. “I was very impressed with the outcome of the sloping panel above the windows; a subtle adjustment from the flat wall but it creates a noticeable and complementary contrast. Some of the panels around the windows were assembled due to the overall width, along with the panels being vertically oriented. This is a smart design by Perkins & Will and well executed in the field by ISI."