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The Courtyard by Marriott hotel capped a final phase of development at McHenry Row in the Locust Point district of Baltimore.  The LEED(R) Silver property designed by Warehaus, is clad in vertical OKO Skin panels paired with an open-joint GFRC-ventilated facade.  For the ventilated facade, Knight Wall CI(R) System was utilized for the subframing.  Pillar Construction was the facade contractor.  Knight Wall’s capability to handle vertical and horizontal oriented slats provided a better solution to execute the design intent.

“The challenges we had in the installation were mostly in the transition details between the systems” Pillar business development manager Gabriel Castillo said.  “Pillar’s previous experience with that type of details and the collaboration with KWS team was an invaluable asset to the project.”

With continuous dialog among Pillar’s preconstruction and project management teams, Knight Wall technical support, an involved general contractor and a receptive architect made the engineering of the building skin a very rewarding process.  Castillo said “The results of this initial effort are reflected in better details, anticipation of conflicts and a coordinated installation sequencing.”