Office Facilities

The Cannon, Houston

RETROFIT TEAM

ARCHITECT: Abel Design Group
IMP INSTALLER: FSR Services

MATERIALS

To help achieve the desired appearance, the Cannon called for more than 90,000 square feet of insulated metal panels (IMPs) for walls and roofing—exterior and interior.

Renovating and transforming a 70-year-old manufacturing facility into a contemporary office building with impressive amenities requires some imagination, careful planning and a lot of communication.

“We could have gone the conventional route with insulation and drywall, but we really wanted to maintain some of the original look of the build- ing,” says Ken R. Harry, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, principal of Abel Design Group. “With the insulated metal panels, we were able to leave the interior beams and columns exposed. Plus, we got the levels of insulation that were required for the roof and walls. Right from the start, it seemed like the logical way to go.”

The original building was stripped down to the steel structure. Some of the 70-year-old purlins and cross members had to be replaced. “We had to verify every dimension of all the beams so shop drawings could be accurate,” says David Baldwin, sales manager at FSR Services. “The beams were painted and the insulated metal panels were installed. The bright blue beams against the white interior finish of the insulated metal panel is a very modern and clean look.”

The project called for approximately 67,775 square feet of Metl-Span’s CF42R insulated metal roofing panels with 4 inches of urethane insulation in the color of Burnished Slate. The panels are 24-gauge Galvalume. The wall panels are two profiles and colors: 37,858 square feet of CF7.2 InsulRib in Burnished Slate and 9,437 square feet of CF36A in Chestnut, both in 22-gauge Galvalume. All interior panels were 24-gauge Galvalume in Igloo White.

IMP MANUFACTURER: Metl-Span

THE RETROFIT

Renovating and transforming a 70-year-old manufacturing facility into a contemporary office building with impressive amenities requires some imagination, careful planning and a lot of communication. The Cannon, a 120,000-square-foot modern, flexible workspace, provides innovators with everything they need to establish a home base for their companies.

Home to more than 500 of greater Houston’s most talented and accomplished entrepreneurs, creatives and small business owners, The Cannon, which was completed in August 2019, includes 131 offices, 300 open and dedicated desks, a movie theater, game room, event space, full- service kitchen, a health and wellness room, and courtyard with outdoor seating.

PHOTO: Metl-Span

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