As with all major retailers, there are design specifications and requirements which they repeat throughout their stores to create a familiar and recognisable image depending on planning requirements and specific location considerations.
Lowe’s is one of the world’s largest hardware and home improvement retailers, their store in Lethbridge is one of these buildings which is synonymous with their brand.
On this building, the design comprised of a steel framed building with low-level masonry walls with vertical Kingspan Cladding over to the parapet height. The manufacturer partnered with Deane Roofing and Cladding to ensure the design fulfilled the Client needs.
The panel is a composite proprietary panel with interlocking joints with factory applied air seals. The advantage of the insulated panel is it could span longer distances than traditional twin
skin systems and is faster to erect. This obviously reduces the frequency and quantity of steel supports required.The panels have to be carefully worked out for the overall width and length of the building to suit the panel module. This allows full panel coverage and eradicates the need for cutting on site. It also facilitates the use of preformed corners,which enhance the transition between elevations, whilst maintaining a proprietary air seal.
One specific wall required a particular fire rating and this as facilitated by
the same panel but designed as a firewall with additional fixings and plating to the joint. Some adjustment to the steel design such as slotted connections would have been required to allow for movement under fire conditions.
The schedule milestones were achieved without any interruption. The installation was handed over free from any defects.