Release Date: September 1, 2020
Both Durapalm Deco and Linear Line Panels Were Specified Across Four Student Housing Projects for The Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah, GA – Sept. 1, 2020 – Durapalm Deco and Linear Line panels were specified as standout interior finishes for four student housing projects at The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), according to Trang Vu, associate designer, SCAD Design Group.
The most prominent installation, the SCAD Forty residence hall, a 14-story student housing tower that celebrates SCAD’s 40th anniversary, features Deco palm panels inside elevators, in elevator lobbies and other interior spaces as part of a modular panel-based system along with Fry Reglet trims and reveals.
The SCAD Forty tower is constructed of structural precast concrete and punctuated with large expanses of curtainwall glass systems. Given the predominance of concrete, steel, and glass in the building materials palette, SCAD Design Group was interested in incorporating natural and tactile materials at the human scale.
“Smith & Fong’s Deco palm served as the perfect panel product applied in high-traffic gathering
spaces, lobbies, and near the elevators,” Vu said. “The rich, dark and modelled colors and texture of the palm provides a much-needed contrast to the cold concrete and glass, but still remains a neutral back-note to the vibrant artwork, furniture, and accessories featured in all SCAD interiors.”
Deco panels are used in other dormitories across the campus, including Ruskin Hall and Herstand Hall. SCAD is also currently installing the Linear Line collection in its newest student housing project, Victory Village.
SCAD Design Group is the internal architecture and interior design office of SCAD. The SCAD Forty residence hall was designed in cooperation with Lamar Johnson Collaborative, Mackey Mitchell Architects, and was constructed by Clayco.
“The Savannah College of Art and Design is the most prominent design school in the South,” Smith & Fong founder and CEO Dan Smith said. “We’re delighted the college’s interior design group chose Durapalm for not one but four different student housing projects.”
All Durapalm carved wall and ceiling panels are manufactured in the USA with imported and domestic materials. Panels are Class C fire-rated and surpass the requirements under CARB II formaldehyde emissions standards utilizing (ULEF) resins. Finished dimensions are 0.75”x47.75”x95.75”. Durapalm panels can contribute to USGBC’s LEED® credits for Low-Emitting Materials and Biobased Materials.
About Smith & Fong
Founded in 1989 and headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Smith & Fong Co. was the first U.S. based company to manufacture and import laminated bamboo products under the Plyboo brand. Entering the palm market with the Durapalm brand in 2000, today Smith & Fong’s products are distributed throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Smith & Fong is committed to sustainability, innovation and great design. For further information call 866-835-9859 or visit us at durapalm.com.
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