Panama City’s desire to regenerate and transform the downtown area and its marina needed to start with the relocation of the city hall. The purchase and renovation of the old Trustmark Building allowed the City to combine most of its services under one roof. The 58,000sf facility was initially thought to only require minor renovations to move in and occupy. That scope, however, did not include the exterior skin or the roof.
A new exterior skin design was developed that not only enhanced the “feel” of the building from the street side, but also allowed more natural light into the interior spaces and greatly increased the energy efficiency of the envelope system. These design elements will pay dividends for years to come in the form of greater public and employee comfort as well as lower energy costs for the City throughout the new life of the building.
The new building roof and parapet designs were incorporated into the exterior skin which further enhances the final appearance. The parapet had to be re-engineered to ensure its structural integrity, and the new roof work required the removal and replacement of small sections at a time to avoid significant exposure to constant weather events frequent in Panama City. During the roof replacement, the HVAC equipment on the roof was raised to allow proper roof techniques and details to be employed. The security of having a properly installed roof system will benefit the city for many years to come.
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