New York-based ShoP Architects specified PPG Duranar powder coating for Pier 17’s curtain wall for two primary reasons.
“The only way to fulfill the architect’s demand for a powder coating and long-term warranty in a moist, salt-laden marine environment was to apply it over our proven PPG Duranar primer,” said Scott Moffatt, PPG market manager, building products. “While one-coat powder systems typically perform well in normal environments, they are susceptible to failure in environments like South Street Seaport. It was very gratifying to offer a solution that met the architect’s challenging requirements.”
PPG also supplied PPG Duranar SUNSTORM coatings for 500 interior metal panels that are visible through a series of stacked 20-foot-tall light boxes that comprise much of the building’s façade. First coated with a pearlescent silver-gray PPG Duranar Sunstorm coating, the panels then were covered with a stencil and painted again with a bone-white PPG Duranar coating. The stencil created an appealing dot-matrix pattern that diffuses sunlight when it strikes the panels during the day and disperses a spray of multiple colors that are projected onto the building’s exterior surface at night.
PPG Duranar Sunstorm coatings, which are formulated with metal flake to create a brilliant mica appearance, were selected for the light-box application due to their reflectivity and ability to resist chalk and fade after long-term exposure to ultraviolet light.
PPG Duranar powder coatings are based on the same 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride formulation as PPG Duranar liquid coatings.
All the metal extrusions for the Pier 17 curtain wall were produced by Keymark Corporation in Fonda, NY.