“We are now beginning to make lots of panels every week because we intend to begin installing 1,500 of them on the building in May 2020,” Siegel says. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which includes 300,000 square feet of programmable space, is currently under construction with substantial construction set to finish in late 2021.
While the team is now focused on installation, it’s easy to look beyond to the doors this project opens for more intensive use of GFRP in architectural applications. “We will definitely use it again,” Siegel predicts. “I’m impressed with the ability to manipulate the fundamentals of the materials used to make the panel … the flexibility that the system affords us.”