Innovative Solution Serves Up Perfect Blend of Color and Strength for Restaurant

A barrel-vaulted canopy made up of Pentaglas panels in a rainbow of hues lends a festive flavor to the outdoor dining area at Mexican Radio Restaurant. Photos: Kingspan Light + Air

Located in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District, Mexican Radio specializes in two things: tacos and cold drinks. The newly opened concept restaurant conceived by A Good Egg Dining Group occupies a lively, fun space.

The property’s major restoration includes a covered outdoor dining area. There, a translucent vaulted canopy crowns the space in a swirl of bright colors. Inspired by a colorful fine art glass installation, the owners and architect collaborated to find the right solution.

The canopy adds more than just a bright accent for diners: It creates an additional dining space that protects diners from the elements and makes the space useful nearly year round.

Style and Substance, on Budget

During the renovation, the outdoor dining area was demolished down to the existing steel tube structure. Kingspan Light + Air manufactured a fully engineered, customized and prefabricated vaulted canopy to fit the existing steel structure. Kingspan provided a clear anodized aluminum structure, and six unique glazing colors designed to bring the owner’s vision to life.

“We knew colored glass wouldn’t work on this budget,” says Zack Woods, AIA, with Gardner Architects. “But with the Kingspan product, we could get the bright tones of color the customer wanted, and we could cover more square footage, spanning a full patio instead of a very small area.”

Mindful of the project budget, Kingspan provided a variety of color panels with no high setup costs. Non-standard “off the rack” hues lend a lush, custom-job look. “The tones of colors used give this a unique feel and kept the budget on track,” Zack says.

The canopy provides a durable, inviting and comfortable venue for diners. Because one end of the canopy is open to the street and the other is connected to the building, the space is largely sheltered from the elements. Ceiling and attic fans circulate air and pull heat out in the warm summer months; patio heaters create a cozy space in the winter.

Providing more than just a comfortable environment, the Kingspan Light + Air Pentaglas canopy system is built to last. The system has undergone rigorous 10-year testing to ensure both color stability and impact durability over time. Should the need arise, the unique KLA system allows spot replacement of single panels, so the entire canopy does not have to be replaced.

TEAM

Architect: Gardner Architects, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, https://gardner.studio

Contractor: J&R Windows, Goldsby, Oklahoma, http://www.jandrwindows.com

MATERIALS

Barrel Canopy: 12mm Pentaglas in six colors, glazing, purlins and rafters, Kingspan Light + Air, www.kingspanlightandair.us

New Dome Skylight Offers Greater Strength, Less Glare

Kingspan Light + Air North America unveils its new advanced technology dome. The strong polycarbonate dome shape was engineered to meet all new building code standards and can be customized to fit any space.

According to the company, the new skylight product is currently available in single, double and triple glazed options to enhance thermal performance. Outer domes will typically be clear or white, with multiple options for inner domes based on U-value or lower SHGC needs. All domes will be able to capture light even at low angles and offer an even diffusion of light with less glare.

“Kingspan is proud to have responded to current industry demands and updated code requirements with a more durable, stronger skylight solution,” said Kyle McEnroe Vice President of Sales, Skylights, Kingspan Light + Air. “This new product will offer all of these benefits without sacrificing light capture and diffusion capabilities.”

For more information, visit www.kingspanlightandair.us

Energy-Efficient Translucent Windows Designed for Smaller Envelope Openings

Kingspan Light + Air North America has scaled the size of the company’s innovative two-panel UniQuad system to create the more modular and versatile UniQuad Translucent Windows for smaller envelope openings. 

According to the company, architects can expect the same durability, seamless integration and clean look they have for years from the UniQuad system — just in a smaller size. Providing 25 percent greater light transmission than other daylighting products on the market, UniQuad eliminates glare and hot spots found in glass applications, allowing for a more controlled indoor environment. 

 “We’ve taken our innovative two-panel UniQuad system and scaled it to create something more efficient for smaller applications,” said Rafael Rivero, VP of Commercial, Kingspan Light + Air. “Ideal for both new and retrofit projects, the UniQuad Translucent Windows are the solution for any size building looking to reap the full health and wellness benefits of glare-free daylighting.” 

Available in heights up to 6 feet, UniQuad Translucent Windows can be built in limitless lengths. With the ability to specify custom window sizes and colors, the two-panel system allows buildings to coordinate with corporate or campus colors, or design a new and innovative look.  

UniQuad Translucent Windows feature the same two-panel composition with Removeable Skin Technology (RST) as the UniQuad system, allowing for the removal of the exterior panel while the interior panel remains in place. Additional insulation can be added between the two panels to improve thermal performance and further increase efficiency.

According to the manufacturer, UniQuad Translucent Windows can help buildings achieve LEED certification and other sustainability goals and are NFRC certified. UniQuad Translucent Windows come with a 10-year warranty against discoloration, loss of translucence, delamination and color change. 

For more information, visit www.kingspanlightandair.us

Kingspan Light + Air Completes Acquisition of Skyco Skylights

Kingspan Light + Air, North America stated that the company has completed the aquisition of Skyco Skylights. “I’m pleased to announce that Skyco Skylights is now part of Kingspan Light + Air, North America,” said Kyle McEnroe, vice president of Kingspan Light + Air, Skylights. “With our key acquisitions of Skyco, Bristolite, and CPI Daylighting, Kingspan Light + Airnow provides the broadest range of high-performance skylights, canopies, smoke ventilation, and daylighting products in North America.”

McEnroe continued, “With the integration of Skyco complete, we are now in a better position to leverage Kingspan’s global, regional and local resources to help support architects, contractors and roofers in every region of the country. With a broader portfolio of high-quality products, streamlined manufacturing processes to ensure on-time delivery, and increased engineering capabilities, Skyco customers are in good hands. We are ready to serve.”

For more information, visit https://www.kingspan.com/us/en-us/kla.