The Long Beach City College (LBCC) campus, founded in 1927 in Long Beach, California, is undergoing modernization and renovations, including a new four-level parking structure with more than 500 parking spaces. Designers focused on materials that would perform the functional role of sun protection for the garage while maintaining aesthetic appeal.
Working with McCarthy Building Companies, SAF supplied 529 aluminum fins for the exterior of the parking lot, using 3003 1/8-inch aluminum sheet to fabricate fins around extruded tubing. The fins, which range from 12 inches to 20 inches in width extending outward from the building, are designed to provide shade for the garage as well as diminish the intensity of the headlights during the evening hours. For the project, 24,000 square feet of fins were finished in a three-coat XL Kynar® White Ice Metallic color finish and an additional 900 square feet of 1701 brackets were finished in three-coat XL Kynar® Stieglitz Silver.
Structural brackets (3/8 inch wall angle and fabricated from 6061-T6 aluminum) were installed with countersunk slots and through holes to allow all brackets to be installed before the fins. It also allowed the installation team to adapt to field conditions on the fly if necessary.
“Our goal was to provide a high performance product that met the aesthetic requirements of the job while minimizing the time spent on site for the installation team,” explains Luke Lynam, Senior Project Manager at SAF. “We pre-drilled holes in the 2x4s and the 1/8 inch aluminum fins because we didn’t want to deal with 2x4s in the field. We pre-engineered everything in our SAF West factory to facilitate on-site labor and streamline the construction schedule.
The architectural fins needed to be fabricated up to 20 feet in height, which required the ingenuity of the SAF West fabrication team. In fact, SAF created custom 20ft bending jigs to ensure consistency and increase throughput during the manufacturing process.
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