PPG Industries’ building products group announced that DURANAR coatings are being used to paint the 11-story podium portion of One World Trade Center, the 104-story skyscraper that will soon open as the centerpiece of the new World Trade Center complex in New York.
Two colors of Duranar coatings – Bright Silver and Ozark Shadows – were specified for the project. They will be used to paint an aluminum screen that will be fronted by a pattern of glass fins protruding from slatted stainless steel panels. The aluminum screen will be illuminated by energy-efficient LED lights, visible through the slats, which will make the podium sparkle at night.
Scott Moffatt, PPG market manager, building products, said PPG is pleased to have its coatings featured on such an iconic structure. “One World Trade Center will be recognized around the world as a symbol of America’s strength and resilience,” he said. “To have our products appear prominently on such a visible part of the building is an honor for PPG and its project partners.”
The podium, which is designed to protect the lobbies and lower-level mechanicals of One World Trade Center, will feature nearly 700,000 pounds of aluminum extruded and painted by Keymark Corp., Fonda, N.Y., a member of the PPG CAP CERTIFIED APPLICATOR PROGRAM® group. Duranar coatings will cover 169,000 square feet of the building’s surface area.
Proven on architectural metals for nearly 50 years in the toughest environments, Duranar 70-percent fluoropolymer coatings have excellent color and gloss retention and are resistant to chipping, chalking, peeling and fading as well as environmental hazards such as dirt, chemicals, salt spray and acid rain. In addition to meeting American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2605 specifications, Duranar coatings provide architects and building owners with a broad selection of colors and metallic effects.