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PPG DURANAR coatings add distinctive effects to façade of Calgary Central Library

Custom color formulated by PPG evokes snowflakes, cracked ice on lake

Monday, August 12, 2019 12:16 pm EDT



PITTSBURGH, Aug. 12, 2019 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that PPG DURANAR™ coatings are among those featured on the Calgary Central Library in Calgary, Canada. The library, which opened last November, was one of Architectural Digest magazine’s 12 most anticipated buildings of 2018.

Designed by Snøhetta of Oslo, Norway, and DIALOG of Calgary, the library features a dynamic triple-glazed façade that incorporates more than 460 alternating polygonal panels of fritted glass and iridescent aluminum. The architects selected PPG Duranar coatings for the window frames and other extruded aluminum components to evoke snowflakes or ice cracking on a lake.

Hydro Portland, a member of the PPG CAP CERTIFIED APPLICATOR PROGRAM™ that is located in Oregon, and Apel Extrusions of Calgary coated the finished metal in two PPG Duranar colors – standard Bright White and Broken Ice, a custom color topped by a pearlescent PPG Duranar clearcoat.

Based on a proven 70% polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) formulation, PPG Duranar coatings have protected commerical buildings of every type for more than 50 years. Other global landmarks finished with PPG Duranar coatings include the Empire State Building in New York; the Louvre Pyramid in Paris; Shanghai World Financial Center in China; Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Located over railroad tracks near a light-rail station in Calgary’s fast-growing East Village neighborhood, the 240,000-square-foot library is designed to achieve LEED® certification at the Gold level by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  

For more information about PPG Duranar coatings, log onto www.ppgmetalcoatings.com, connect with PPG on LinkedIn or call 1-800-258-6398.


At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and specialty materials that our customers have trusted for more than 135 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $15.4 billion in 2018. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

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PPG DURANAR™ coatings on the Calgary Central Library in Calgary, Canada, evoke snowflakes or ice cracking on a lake. Architectural Digest magazine named the library, which opened last November, one of its 12 most anticipated buildings of 2018. Photo: Michael Grimm Photography


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