Harmonious color concept
The appearance of the large-scale plant deserves special attention: Its “green and blue“ basic color scheme matches the built environment, especially that of the neighboring sister plant FBA 8. The shades of green harmoniously integrate the building into the natural surroundings of the site, the two towers of the hall’s main nave in coordinated blue nuances rising up in the sky, visible from afar. The south-west view is dominated by the long and uniform structure of the warehouse. The combination of fresh tones lends the building a vivid and modern character.
“The friendly and attractive appearance of the plant underlines thyssenkrupp Steel’s image and is a positive design element in its immediate surroundings. An environmentally compatible presence is thus created even for a large-scale plant of this size“, explains Thorsten Holtermann, responsible at Corporate Architecture for the in-house color design of the company.
The pladur® ReflectionsOne collection with more than 100 coordinated color shades makes this design possible. This especially developed sophisticated design collection offers gray shades with a puristic and stabilizing effect, relaxing and cheerful green tones, warm and comforting earthy tones and many other nuances.
To ensure that the multifaceted colors of the ReflectionsOne collection retain their radiance over many years, particular emphasis was placed during development on color and gloss stability. Complementing the highest-quality base coat, the premium pigments used ensure excellent covering power. This combination reduces UV absorption to a minimum.
One partner in the project is Wurzer Profiliertechnik GmbH, which fabricates the organic-coated flat steel produced in Kreuztal-Eichen into liner trays and trapezoidal profiles with material thicknesses of between 0.88 and 1.0 millimeter. With 90 employees, the Bavarian family business specializes in roof drainage systems, corrugated, trapezoidal and liner tray profiles as well as flashings.
Wurzer attaches great importance to custom design – one of the reasons the company likes to use pladur® for facades in the commercial sector. “pladur® has very good processing properties, is cost-effective and at the same time particularly resistant to corrosion and UV radiation,” says company owner Georg Wurzer.
A visit to Wurzer Profiliertechnik
This, and a decades-long partnership with thyssenkrupp Steel, also tipped the scales in favor of pladur® ReflectionsOne for the cladding of the company’s own new warehouse and production building. “Colored facades need to be well planned so that they blend perfectly into the surroundings. So we were glad to be able to call on the steel and coil coating expertise, color advice and, of course, technical advice of thyssenkrupp Steel,” says Georg Wurzer.
thyssenkrupp Steel, in turn, is full of praise for the flexible and reliable production of the facade profiles. Axel Pohl: “The completion of FBA10 has been delayed among other things by bomb discoveries during the earthworks and the Covid 19 pandemic. This has represented an organizational challenge for all the companies involved in the project. At times like this it’s good to have a partner like Wurzer Profiliertechnik capable of dealing with every eventuality in a calm and customer-focused way.”
The environmental compatibility of the materials used in commercial construction is becoming increasingly important. “Sustainable building certification, for example LEED or DGNB, is on the rise. Certification increases the value of a property,” says Axel Pohl. “Steel is an excellent material in this respect. Not only is it durable, it can also be recycled without any loss of quality, which has a positive effect on carbon footprint.”
The environmental performance of pladur® is recorded in a so-called Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). These declarations are issued in Germany by the Institute for Building and Environment (IBU) and certified by independent agencies.