KENNETT SQUARE, PA, March 14, 2022 – Metalwërks®, a leading U.S. manufacturer of precision, high-performance metal plate exterior façade systems, integrated curtain wall components, and custom architectural features, is serving as one of the principal contributors to the next phase of modernization for the Stamford Transportation Center in Stamford, CT. Ranked as the second-busiest train station on the Metro-North Railroad (behind only Grand Central Station in New York), Stamford Center is a major hub for Amtrak and bus passengers, serving more than 8 million travelers a year.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) chose Metalwërks as a pre-approved fabricator for the exterior façade of a new eight-level parking garage and a connecting bridge, which will be adjacent to the existing train station. Metalwërks subsequently became the design/build supplier for the project’s selected contractor.
Located west of Washington Boulevard between I-95 and a set of railroad tracks, the new parking garage will span above South State Street and have the capacity for nearly 1,000 cars. It will connect to the train station’s improved escalators and elevators.
“The new parking garage is more than just a collection of parking spots for commuters. The garage is positioned along I-95 and will serve as a landmark for the city of Stamford,” said Stephen Scharr, president of Metalwërks. “For this reason, the architect on the project knew that the garage’s design and appearance needed to make a statement. We are working closely with all stakeholders to help achieve that vision.”
For the garage, Metalwërks will fashion 66,000 square feet of its Sculpted 3D, an innovative dry-set screenwall system that produces the boldest three-dimensional forms possible. The 100% solid metal system can be installed over continuous masonry, concrete, or as the outer cladding in a wall assembly. The façade panels for the garage will be unitized assemblies designed in a wave-like pattern. All the panels will be perforated and will incorporate an integrated lighting design. In addition, the panels will include photovoltaic grids that will collect solar energy to help power the building.
For the fascia on the pedestrian bridge, Metalwërks and the contractor have specified the company’s Arcwall rainscreen wall panels. A drained and back-ventilated rainscreen system for both walls and soffits manufactured from formed aluminum or stainless plate, Arcwall combines excellent performance with high design flexibility. Arcwall panels can be flat, curved, or formed into custom 3D profiles and can be installed both horizontally and vertically. The panels will cap off the glass wall cladding being used on the pedestrian bridge.
Fabrication and manufacturing of the exterior cladding for the parking garage and the fascia for the pedestrian bridge will occur during the second quarter of 2022. Assembly is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year, and the project is expected to be complete during the early part of 2023.