Exterior Building Skin Installed
INSTALLATION OF EXTERIOR BUILDING “SKIN” FOR PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE GETS FULLY UNDERWAY THURSDAY (MAY 5) FROM 2 - 3 P.M.
General contractor Balfour Beatty to install approximately 450 8’- x 30’-foot concrete panels – each weighing 8 tons – over next nine months
WHAT: Although it will take months to complete, installation of the exterior façade for the Perot Museum of Nature & Science gets fully underway Thursday (May 5) from 2 – 3 p.m. General contractor Balfour Beatty began the arduous process of installing the 450-plus pre-cast concrete panels late last week. The 8’- x 30’-foot panels each weigh 8 tons.
Officials from Balfour Beatty will be on hand to explain the installation.
From a distance, the Museum’s cube and primary shape will look smooth, but it actually will be clad in large dramatically textured, light grey-colored concrete panels. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne and his firm, Morphosis, used parametric digital modeling to design each panel separately using a family of design modules
The design intent is to create a series of waves that gives a dynamic effect on the building that changes minute-to-minute through the day with the sunlight and shadows. The texturing is more dense at the bottom of the cube and slowly fades away as the cladding move upwards. This pattern was done intentionally to create a perception that the building dissolves into the sky.
Workers are able to install four to six panels per day. The installation of the building skin is expected to be completed by the end of 2011; the Perot Museum of Nature & Science is scheduled to open early 2013.
WHO: The panels were fabricated by Gate Precast Concrete of Hillsboro, Texas. By using a vendor located less than 70 miles away, this is considered a “local” purchase in terms of “green-building” sourcing.
Morphosis, Balfour Beatty and Gate Precast Concrete participated in a deep “design-assist process” to achieve the technical fabrication standards required by the complexity of this facade.
WHEN: Thursday (May 5) from 2 – 3 p.m. (media may drop by any time). Officials from Balfour Beatty will be on hand to explain the process from 2-3 p.m.
WHERE: For safety and viewing purposes, media will gather in the El Fenix parking lot, located at 1601 McKinney Ave. (northeast corner of Field and McKinney). Panels will be installed on the east side of the building. For media wanting to get close-up shots of the panels, we will walk across Field Street to the Museum’s Construction Center’s Observation Deck where a few of the panels will be stacked on a flatbed truck.