The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) decided to renovate an underutilized building and the initial plan was to bring it back to "like new" condition. Field’s Avenue Garage, built in 1984, needed new mechanical and electrical systems, plus an updated exterior. The building houses a bus maintenance facility shop, administrative areas, and storage space.
Because COTA needed the structure to remain operational during the renovation, design and construction, work had to be completed on a fast-track basis. The limited construction timeline meant suppliers of building material products had to meet strict delivery schedules. The design also included one very challenging requirement: the insulated metal panels needed to be curved at a tight radium.
The project’s aggressive schedule was a deciding factor in specifying Kingspan Designwall 2000™ and Designwall™ 2000R (ribbed) for the exterior. Kingspan has a well-earned reputation for excellent contractor support, and its products are equally praised for ease of installation and speed of build.
Unlike the original utilitarian design of the Field’s Avenue Garage, the new look, created by the architectural firm Moody-Nolan, Inc., called for a structure that would have a very “non-boxy” appearance. Kingspan support was an integral part of the process that made the renovation and expansion a success. When the design of the radium panels proved challenging, Kingspan held several meetings to review and revise drawings. The company also offered engineering assistance to redesign the elevations of the building.