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Fin Feature Wall
The spacious lobby
presents the Health
Professions feature wall,
a double-height element
comprised of diagonal and
vertical Walnut slats. The
feature wall abstracts the
interlocking chevron pattern
found on the building's
column bases and capitals,
recalling the historic roots
of the college in its newest
building. Working with the
lobby's extensive glass façade,
the feature wall connects users
with the adjacent wooded
plaza and landscape outside.
The feature wall took
inspiration from the Egyptian
Building, a U.S. National
Register of Historic Places
landmark built in the
19th-century Neo-Egyptian
Revival style. Reflecting VCU's
trailblazing mission, the
Egyptian Building was the
South's first medical college
building, surviving the Civil
War and serving as an early
icon for the university.
The Walnut fin feature wall
is made from fire rated MDF
backing sheets painted flat
black and fins are quarter
sawn Walnut veneer over
fire rated particleboard core
stained to match the architectprovided sample, says Adam
Harris, project manager at
Stephenson Millwork.
"We provided all
engineering regarding panel
sizes and shapes for fit into the
overall design, and also worked
out technical details regarding
fit of fins around protrusions
like the supports for the stairs
and intersections at floor and
ceiling. Shop drawings and
mockups were supplied to
assist in determination of many
details including fin alignment,
seam locations, construction
methods and final color
selections."

WD-1 VENNERED MDF

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