The new office building at 1200 Intrepid Ave., in the Philadelphia Navy Yard Corporate Center is a sight to behold, described by some as gravity defying in that parts of the structure are designed to replicate the shape of a ship's hull, narrow at the bottom and wide at the top.
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Type of Precast: CarbonCast® Architectural Cladding
Size: 525,000 sq. ft.
Colors, reveals and articulation
The building team had specific color and texture requirements. They wanted a textured red finish, complemented by smooth brown hued sections and trim. High was able to satisfy their exacting requirements at its all-indoor precasting facility, through the use of environmentally-friendly steel shot blasting instead of sand blasting. In addition, the seven-inch-thick cladding panels enabled very deep reveals, recessed planes and deep window recesses that helped cast the shade and shadow that enliven the facade. Alternative lightweight cladding options are too thin and would have failed this demand.