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Wheaton Library and Recreation Center

The Wheaton Regional Library + Community Recreational Center is a 92,000 square foot structure situated in the heart of Wheaton, Maryland, USA.

The project features a reading room, a gym, an elevated track on the second level above the gym’s basketball courts, computer labs, an arts and crafts room, a pottery room, a vendor cafe, a weight room, an upper-level Social Hall, a children’s library, a teen area, a used bookstore, and a learning kitchen facility. Outdoor features include an entry circle with handicap parking and a lower level parking garage with electric car charging stations. A large green space to the north of the building, serves as a multipurpose field for the community.

The project achieved LEED Silver Certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building project types, from new construction to interior fit-outs and operation & maintenance, LEED provides a framework that project teams can apply to create healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.

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Why Max Compact Exterior

In this project, the Max Compact Exterior panels were used in several different elements of the exterior of the building. The rainscreen façade shows a scheme of colors from the yellow pallet, creating a beautiful contrast with the light brown stone, which is the other visible material in the façade. This colorful touch conveys to the building the harmony of a very cozy place. The possibility of using the Max Exterior panels in a horizontal layout, allowed also the design of some details to close the gap between the rainscreen façade and some of the auxiliary doors, at the same time, keeping with the aesthetics in the panel combination.

Some other semi interior areas, such as the entrance to the garage or the side of the stairs, were also covered with the Max Exterior panels, bringing this colorful scheme to the areas which are exposed to car traffic. To complete a perfect work, some angled bay windows on one side of the building, redirect the beams of sunlight, filling the interior spaces with the natural light. This element is one of the highlights in the design of the exterior of the building.

General Promoter: Montgomery County Government Department of General Services
General Contractor: Costello Construction
Architect: Grimm + Parker

Product: Max Compact Exterior
Decors: Satsuma (6020), Golden Yellow (0647), Saffron (0736)
Photocredit: Brycen Fischer