IWR Building Systems Constructs Enclosure

IWR Building Systems, a specialty contractor focusing on building enclosure systems, is the exclusive contractor for the entire exterior of the new Shriners Hospital for Children.  In November of 2013, IWR Building Systems became the only exterior contractor in St. Louis to be certified by the ABAA (Air Barrier Association of America) as a requirement for their current work on the new hospital, located at 4400 Clayton Avenue in St. Louis.

“This project is a great opportunity for providing our clients the unique service of being a complete enclosure solution,” said Todd Staley, General Manager of IWR. “The geometric details of this project, including a rotated square metal panel façade, have resulted in a more complex exterior than any building in St. Louis. We consider this to be a showpiece project for us because of the high profile location right off the highway. This project is a major stepping stone for us, and I’m excited to see how it will affect the future of our business.”

The new 90,000 sq. ft. facility will replace the existing Frontenac location with the latest amenities for patients and their families. The building exterior consists of 3,600 rotated square ACM metal panels that required precise craftsmanship due to the intricate geometric details of the building surface. The panel system has been engineered with a pressure-equalized rain screen design which allows for a drainage cavity behind the panels. Having a weather-resistant barrier installed by an ABAA certified contractor reassures the building owner that the enclosure will function properly.

“On the Shriners Hospital for Children project, IWR Building Systems had the responsibility of providing virtually the entire exterior building enclosure. The complex building skin of this project required a single source to successfully integrate the several exterior systems,” said George Crow of Heitmann & Associates, Inc. “IWR’s precise layout and installation of these panels produced an exquisite appearance. Not only did IWR produce an aesthetically pleasing building exterior, but due to their attention to the interface details of the various systems, a building exterior was provided that will successfully manage water infiltration.”

With this project, IWR Building Systems is introducing a new business model for St. Louis by taking responsibility for contracting the entire building enclosure rather than using a segmented approach. This new service creates a simpler, more inclusive solution for the client.


About IWR Building Systems

IWR Building Systems, headquartered in St. Louis Missouri, is one of the longest standing specialty contractors in the United States focusing on the installation of metal and phenolic wall claddings. Working coast to coast since the 1940’s, IWR installs products ranging from the simplest to the most complex designs in virtually every industry. IWR is a subsidiary of MHS Legacy Group, a diversified national holding corporation also based in St. Louis with roots back to 1895. For more information, visit www.iwrbuildingsystems.com.

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