Cedar Rapids Public Library

Cedar Rapids, Iowa USA

Project Overview / Detail

The Cedar Rapids Public Library is a vibrant multipurpose destination. The community drove the project to replace the previous library lost in a devastating flood. The design of the new structure will withstand future weather events and is a space to mix and collaborate. The architecture of the building gives a distinctive presence in the community. To distinguish the architecture, irregularly sized of Reynobond® Composite Material finished with the Design Line™ Zinc Patina coating were layered in random patterns on the exterior walls of the library’s three-story wing, creating an interesting visual counterpoint while also creating a sense of depth and contrast to the smooth surface materials used on other areas of the building. 

Much of the Reynobond® Composite Material is accessible to library patrons enjoying the green roof garden. The Design Line™ ZincPatina finish alleviated the architects’ concern about the potentialfor “fingerprinting” if the project had used natural zinc. 

Reynobond® Composite Material with the Design Line™ Zinc Patina coating delivered exactly what the design/build team was looking for: a crisp, clean, sophisticated look and a durable and easy-to-work-with material that could accommodate a 5-foot base panel and achieve their objective of an articulated surface. 

OPN Architects, Inc.
Knutson Construction
Metal Design Systems, Inc. (MDS)
Architectural Wall Systems, Inc.
Reynobond® 4mm FR Composite Material
Design Line™ Zinc Patina
Duragloss® 5000
Dry-Joint Rainscreen System 
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