Bridging the Gap at the Colorado Mesa University Department of Kinesiology

Omega-Lite® ACM panels line the exterior of the new bridge connecting two CMU athletic buildings for the Department of Kinesiology

Hatfield, PA – Founded in 1952, Colorado Mesa University sits on over 141 acres in the heart of Grand Junction, CO. Offering its more than 10,000 students quality academic programs at various levels of degrees.

On campus, a new bridge designed by architect Smith Group, Denver, CO was built between the Maverick Center and the Maverick Pavilion that now connects an expanded indoor track above five new basketball/volleyball courts, a new classroom, and an athletic training lab.

For the exterior of the bridge, CRW Inc., Grand Junction, CO field fabricated and installed 6,650 sq. ft. of Laminators’ Omega-Lite® ACM panels using Laminators’ proprietary Dry Seal installation system. Overseeing the project was general contractor Asset Engineering LTD.

The Charcoal Grey Omega-Lite panels, distributed by Riddell & Company LLC, Castle Rock, CO, offer a highly decorative, strong, and durable surface finish for exterior wall surfaces. Composed of a polypropylene, lightweight, corrugated core between two finished aluminum sheets, these panels are non-absorbent, water-resistant, and easy to maintain.

The Dry Seal system is ideal for installing the Omega-Lite panels and creating a high-performance, pressure-equalized wall system that compartmentalizes the air cavity and allows for drainage and ventilation. This system reduces moisture-related issues within the wall cavity.

Omega-Lite installed with the Dry Seal system passed the AAMA 508 testing standards (Voluntary Test and Classification Method for Pressure Equalized Rain Screen Wall Cladding Systems); as well as met NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 285, Miami-Dade County Product Control and Florida Product Approval requirements. Laminators Inc. manufactures high-quality ACM panels that meet these stringent performance levels and provide design professionals and building owners with the confidence that their cladding will withstand the most extreme conditions.

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