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SSU Fitness Center Showcases KarrierPanel™ Versatility
Installation of a secure building
envelope was achieved quickly
and easily by installing a Kingspan
KarrierPanel™ system.
Salem State University (SSU) in Salem, Massachusetts, needed
to get its new fitness and recreation center enclosed before the
approaching winter began. To maintain the fast track critical path
of construction, the facility had to be enclosed within eight to ten
weeks. It was also required that the new facility would be stateof-the-art in terms of energy efficiency. To reach those goals,
a Kingspan KarrierPanel™ Barrier Wall System was specified
to construct the exterior envelope of a building, located in the
O’Keefe Sports Complex on the university’s campus.
The Gassett Fitness and Recreation Center added 40,000
square feet of space to the O’Keefe Sports Complex, and now
provides top tier exercise equipment, locker rooms, studios, and
two recreational basketball/volleyball courts for SSU’s 10,000
students, faculty, and staff.
The project architect, DiMella Shaffer, of Boston, Massachusetts,
took a rather plain structure and, with Kingspan products,
made it quite elegant. The architect’s vision included insulated
metal panels (IMPs) produced with a textured surface in custom
colors developed from the PPG color pallet. Kingspan took
those specifications and precisely matched them using its
Sterling Silver Optimo Smooth polyiso core IMP with Urban Gold
soffits. Another reason given by DiMella Shaffer for specifying
KarrierPanel was how Kingspan excels in having engineers
available for support with a quick turnaround on information
requests. Kingspan was proactive on questions such as load-span
charts, LEED credits, and other project related materials.
Sunrise Erectors, based in Canton, Massachusetts performed the
installation of the Kingspan KarrierPanel System. “What that adds
to the construction process you can only imagine,” said John
Erickson, project manager for Sunrise Erectors. “KarrierPanel
provided a waterproof vapor barrier wall structure, and insulation
in a single-piece application.”
Erickson also pointed out that using other building systems would
require paint, sheetrock, metal stud constructions, a separate
vapor barrier, insulation, and so much more. “KarrierPanel was a
good fit as we didn’t need so many products,” he said.
“By using Kingapan KarrierPanel system, the thermal performance
of the Gasset Fitness and Recreation Center is substantially better
when compared to other available wall assembly systems. The
addition of the Morin panel as the exterior façade provided us with
the aesthetic look desired for this project.”
Challenges Met With Karrier Components
The primary challenge facing all design teams is to reduce
construction time. When a structure is urgently needed to be
operational, the team must create a critical path that will quickly
enclose the building envelope.
KarrierRail™, designed by Kingspan, is a stable and secure structural
rail upon which many types of cladding can be hung. KarrierRail
safely transmits positive loads from multiple façade elements to the
structural supports behind the insulated panels. The rail system does
not penetrate the air vapor barrier and eliminates energy losses
associated with thermal-bridging cavity insulation. The more uniform
temperature distribution throughout the wall ensures moisture control.
Work can be achieved quickly and easily, as the KarrierRail is placed
during standard panel installation and is secured in a one-step
procedure. The standard configuration is 16 gauge Galvalume®, 50 KSI
steel, and available in various lengths with a 1-, 2- and 3-inch bearing
surface. It is attached with conventional fasteners in a one-step
Speed of build and immediate weathertight enclosure are two more
advantages from using the Kingspan KarrierPanel System. It offers
unlimited possibilities for rainscreen cladding installed as a screening
outboard of the enclosure panel system. By selecting Kingspan
KarrierPanel, construction of a building envelope is not impeded by UV
degradation, temperature fluctuations, or inclement weather. It is suitable
for all building types in any climate and combines the thermal benefits of
lightweight insulated metal panels with the pleasing aesthetics of multiple
façade styles.
Once installed, the KarrierPanel System provides excellent energy
performance with a high R-value, and superior airtightness with an air,
water and vapor barrier. This results in energy cost savings of as much as
30% over traditional multi-part barrier wall systems while increasing a
building’s aesthetic appeal.
The Deciding Factors
One final and decisive factor for specifying KarrierPanel by Kingspan
for the Salem State University Gassett Fitness and Recreation Center is
that these IMP wall elements last as long as the service life of a standard
commercial building and offer multiple end-of-life reuse options.
Kingspan KarrierRail and KarrierPanel are now recognized as one of the
best enclosure options available today and in the future will increasingly be
specified as cladding on commercial buildings.
For further information please contact:
Tel: (386) 626-6789 Email: [email protected]
Kingspan Insulated Panels North America
Telephone: (386) 626-6789 Fax: (386) 626-6883 Email: [email protected]
Based in DeLand, Florida, Kingspan Insulated Panels North America. is a global leader in the manufacturing of insulated metal panels (IMPs).
The panels are a significant first step to achieving net-zero energy status and contribute to earning U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) credits.
To learn more, visit either www.KingspanPanels.us or www.KingspanPanels.ca.