|Owner:||Western Carolina University|
|Architect:||Watson Tate Savory, Inc|
|Completion Date:||March 2022|
The black glass Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activities Center was an iconic structure on the Western Carolina University campus. Although the exterior of the building appeared to be almost entirely made of tinted windows, only portions of the glass siding were actually windows. Addressing the water leak issues in the existing curtain wall is the primary goal of the Ramsey Activities Center renovation. The new 50,000 SF façade replaced the existing glazing system and is designed as a “rain-screen” system with a composite thermal break attached to the existing aluminum framing system. Work included demolition and retrofit of the existing envelope of the curtain wall, new insulated metal panel façade with cold formed metal framing backup, canopy retrofit and electrical work. This serves to make the Ramsey Center more energy-efficient. The resurfacing will do more than exclude water from the building, it will transform the Ramsey Center from an all-black structure to a brick-colored one offset with sections in a neutral color to allow the façade to better integrate with the direction of the campus architecture. The interior drop ceilings were raised to increase the view-shed, providing a better view into and out of the building than presently exists. The project removed the canopies located over entrance and exit doors, and the new design allows for interchangeable signage and logos on the building façade.