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Modern Character of Zoller Headquarters Building Achieved with CENTRIA Formawall®

Formawall panels in array of hues reflect Zoller’s signature color scheme

Publish Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Moon Township, PA…Zoller, Inc.’s headquarters in Ann Arbor, MI, achieved their distinct, corporate-branded façade by relying on CENTRIA Formawall®’s ingenuity and customization. CENTRIA, a leading building envelope science company, provided approximately 24,500 square feet of the Formawall high performance building envelope system for the 44,000 square-foot building.

“Zoller is a German manufacturer of high-tech, high-precision equipment and software with worldwide distribution,” says David Gebhardt, President, David R. Gebhardt Architect P.C., the firm responsible for the building’s design. “It was important that this sense of precision and craftsmanship was carried over into the façade via detail, crisp lines, and an overarching modern character. CENTRIA Formawall embodied these qualities, giving it the look and feel we desired.”

Formawall FWDS 3” metal panels were specified in Regal White, Rich Black, and Platinum. The design also required the creation of linear panels with a Laser Yellow, 6” custom reveal. The yellow hue was specific to the Zoller brand, and the overall façade conveyed modernity and the desired low, clean profile.

“The horizontal panel option we selected echoes the surrounding flat area on which the building is located; it gives the structure a low and sleek appearance,” Gebhardt adds. “An added bonus, for us, was that the building colors reflect Zoller's corporate color scheme, and CENTRIA was able to provide the special custom color yellow accent band.”

Formawall FWDS metal panels provide outstanding aesthetics and value, along with maximum thermal performance and moisture control – all in a single component. All Formawall products include a halogen-free foam core with enhanced fire resistant properties that comes standard, enabling the architectural community to create a safer and more sustainable building environment.

The design team was also particularly appreciative of the fact that the Formawall system is all one system and can be easily and seamlessly installed.

“The panels were applied quickly and easily,” Gebhardt says. ‘We were very satisfied with the ongoing service of the design staff and subcontractor. All parties worked as a team, which helped with timing and collaboration.”

The building was completed in October 2017. O’Neil Construction was the general contractor and C.L Rieckhoff, Inc. was the CENTRIA dealer and installer.


CENTRIA innovations in architectural metal wall and roof systems are helping building teams around the world envision metal as the future of the building envelope. From inspiration through installation, CENTRIA provides the highest level of expertise including service and support from an elite Dealer Network. Based in Pittsburgh (Moon Township, Pa.), our metal architectural systems are the perfect combination of science and aesthetics, offering advanced thermal and moisture protection technology, the broadest spectrum of design options, truly integrated components, and superior sustainability. CENTRIA is an NCI Building Systems (NYSE:NCS) company. Visit us at www.centria.com.

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