Franklin Marshall Visual Arts Center
Winner of Engineering News and Record’s best regional project 2020, the Winter Visual Art Center was designed to emulate Benjamin Franklin’s famous kite stuck in a tree. Alliance custom fabricated all of the oversized heavy interior glazing which was attached to a curved slat ceiling that pitched across multiple planes. Some of this glass is acid-etched with a Vanceva print, such that it glows when lit with LED. Alliance also custom-fabricated brushed stainless steel forms to clad various wall cavities around the interior of the building. The historic surround, as well as required second floor hoist for material loading presented unique installation challenges to the field team. Mezzanine and Second floor glazing was installed with a Jekko spider-crane manipulator that had to be taken apart so that it could fit in the building’s only elevator.
Architect: Holl Architects
GC: Poole Anderson