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Modern design, classical materials for Mariano’s grocery chain

Mariano’s Fresh Market grocery store has opened as the anchor tenant in Phase II of the Stony Creek Promenade in Oak Lawn, Ill. The newest stand-alone store in the fast-growing retail chain’s empire showcases a modern design using classical materials including stone, metal and glass.

The design directives for the Oak Lawn store included the use of metal in a way that accents certain parts of the building and complements the rest of the material palette. This involved using a material that is cost effective, maintenance free and enhances the building design, said Domenic Pezzuto, senior project architect, Camburas & Theodore Ltd., Des Plaines, Ill., which provided architectural design.

“The architectural style is modern with classical materials that will stand the test of time,” Pezzuto said, describing the building that juxtaposes metal against stone and glass. “This combination of materials makes a statement by using metal in modern architecture in a simple and clear way.”

The horizontal lines in the PAC-CLAD corrugated metal wall panels, “…provide a clean light-and-dark animation of corrugated shadow that adds to the horizontal feel of the building,” Pezzuto noted. “The design flexibility and economic value of PAC-CLAD metal panels contributed to the design vision in a way other materials couldn’t. The flexibility of design and style that can be achieved with metal panels provides a tool for architects that a lot of other building materials can’t provide.”

The façade of the building in Oak Lawn is distinctively clad with 5,000 sq. ft. of PAC-CLAD corrugated metal wall panels. The .875-in. panels were finished in Silver Metallic. In addition, approximately 3,000 sq. ft. of PAC-CLAD flat sheet was fabricated to create the fascia for the signature rotunda. The wall panels were manufactured at Petersen’s Elk Grove Village, Ill., plant.

Installation of the PAC-CLAD panels was completed by B&B Sheet Metal Co., a sister company of W.B.R. Roofing Co. in Wauconda, Ill. According to Troy Wormley, president of B&B Sheet Metal, “The PAC-CLAD corrugated is very rigid, easy to cut, easy to install and presents a great architectural look on a block wall. In fact, we’re currently using it on another Mariano’s location nearby.”

According to Petersen sales representative Roy Palesny, “The rotunda required tapering of the shop-fabricated flush panels to meet the design specs. That was a bit of a challenge, but they did a great job on the installation and the project turned out great.”

The Mariano’s grocery chain opened its first store in Arlington Heights, Ill., in 2010 and has expanded to 15 stores throughout the suburban Chicago area with more locations planned. Mariano’s is part of Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Inc. retail grocery group.

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