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Multiple buildings at huge shopping mall expansion use PAC-CLAD

The major expansion of Chicago Premium Outlets marks one of Simon Properties’ largest-ever upgrade projects. The project will expand the outdoor retail center by nearly two-thirds and includes 290,000 sq. ft. of leasable space to accommodate the addition of 50 new stores.

Approximately 38,000 sq. ft. of Petersen’s Snap-Clad panels were used on various buildings in the shopping center. The 18-in. on-center panels were finished in a variety of colors including Slate Gray, Terra Cotta, Sierra Tan, Almond and Medium Bronze. All are PAC-CLAD Cool Colors. In addition, nearly 13,000 sq. ft. of PAC-CLAD material was used in coping, fascia, counterflashing and gutter applications.

Installation of PAC-CLAD panels was done by Metal Edge in South Chicago Heights, Ill. Metal Edge is a division of Olsson Roofing, the largest commercial roofing contractor in Illinois. “We use PAC-CLAD on 90% of our roofs,” said Mike Reynolds, principal at Olsson.

The project involved more than 4,800 labor hours. “It was a challenging schedule against a hard turnover date with significant penalties if it wasn’t met,” Reynolds said. “We started installation during a difficult Chicago winter. The site was very cramped and required constant communication with other trades to coordinate logistics. And some of the standing seam roofs were more than 80 feet off the ground.”

Reynolds praised Metal Edge’s superintendent on the job, Bob Wippo. “He played a huge role in the success of the project,” Reynolds said. “Bob coordinated the schedule with other trades, directed the fabrication of materials, managed the labor and implemented excellent safety procedures. We couldn’t have done it without him.” Reynolds also recognized the two foremen on the job, Mike Wippo and Juan Rangel. “What a great team,” he said.

Architectural design for the project was created by FRCH Design Worldwide. The fully upgraded enhancements include a large, iconic reflective pool that will double as an ice skating rink in the winter. Other amenities include fire pits, art displays, lush landscaping and an increase of 1,900 parking spaces.

The general contractor was Graycor Construction Company, Chicago