Training Facility and Administrative Complex Receives a Makeover

The Cleveland Browns Training Facility and Administrative Complex in Berea, Ohio, continues to undergo further renovations thanks to its arrangements with the city. The city of Berea built the complex in 1991 and still owns the facility to this day.

Omega-Lite ACM panels offer a decorative and durable surface finish for the exterior wall surfaces at the training facility.
Omega-Lite ACM panels offer a decorative and durable surface finish for the exterior wall surfaces at the training facility.

In 2013 the city of Berea, located just outside Cleveland, agreed to dispense over $3 million through the year 2020 for improvements to the Browns facility.  Some of these renovations comprised of a complete overhaul of the 37,000 square feet second level of the facility, all planned and designed by Westlake Reed Leskosky, in Cleveland.  Modern work stations were constructed for over 160 staff members, including executives; financial and legal coaches; player personnel staff and scouts; corporate and ticket sales; marketing and creative services; community outreach and information technology.  The space contains approximately 60 hard-wall offices and 90 workstations, including a new draft room, call center and radio/video studio for team production. 

In 2015 the Berea City Council approved a new agreement in which the city will contribute an additional $4.6 million through year 2028 for upgrades to the football operations spaces, which contains the fieldhouse, training room, medical facilities and locker rooms.

Not only has a portion of the interior of the complex been renovated, but part of the $7.6 million has gone to the exterior of the complex as well.  Local architect, Vocon, and general contractor, the Albert M. Highly Co., both based in Cleveland, selected Omega-Lite ACM panels from Laminators Inc. to clad the exterior of the building.  Over 10,000 square feet of Omega-Lite panels in an assortment of colors including classic Bright Silver Metallic, Slate Grey and Clear Matte Brushed were used for this project.  Omega-Lite ACM panels offer a decorative and durable surface finish for exterior wall surfaces. Composed of a polypropylene corrugated core between two finished aluminum sheets, these panels are non-absorbent, water-resistant and maintained with ease.

The ACM panels were installed using Laminators’ proprietary 1-Piece, Tight-Fit Molding installation system.  This specific installation system eased panel installation using Laminators 1-piece moldings; both “H” and “Reveal H” moldings are available providing two different design options for the panel joints. Omega-Lite installed with the 1-Piece, Tight-Fit system guaranteed the facility a class A fire rating as well as met NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 285, Miami-Dade County Product Control and Florida Product Approval requirements. Laminators Inc. manufactures ACM panels that meet these stringent performance levels and provide design professionals and building owners the confidence that their cladding will withstand extreme conditions.

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