Metal Panels Popularity on the Rise

Have you noticed how so many of the stories in the industry trades have been about metal panels lately? It’s hard to keep up!  Metal panels are clearly a popular solution in the construction world given their aesthetics, the variety and flexibility of materials and cost effectiveness. Members of MCA’s Insulated Metal Panel Group will be on hand at METALCON 2019 next month on the Exhibit Floor as well as offering their expertise during educational sessions (details below). There are too many stories to include them all, but here are some recent ones.

Featured in a recent July issue of Metal Construction News, the article, “Metal Adds Drama to Exterior Makeovers,” shows how metal wall retrofits make old buildings new breathe life into tired communities.

The Houston headquarters of New Process Steel Corp. was given a fresh look with face-fastened, linear-formed panels reminiscent of the corrugated metal siding that originally covered the warehouse, but with a cleaner, more modern profile. Page, an architectural firm based in Washington, D.C., specified the panels, which were manufactured by Alucobond in Davidson, N.C., and Morin Corp., Bristol, Conn. (Photo: Slyworks Photography)

Preformed metal wall panels are manufactured from a variety of metals including aluminum, copper, steel and zinc. Copper and zinc panels are typically left unfinished, allowing them to develop a natural patina that is both protective and aesthetically pleasing. Aluminum and steel panels are typically painted or coated to protect them from the elements. “Metal wall panels can typically be added to an existing building without structural modifications that can be costly,” says Tami Moschioni, AIA, senior associate and senior project architect in the Houston office of Page.

As featured in DesignandBuildwithMetal.com, Metl-Span Insulated Metal Panels Provide Cost-Effective Solution For Church Renovation and Expansion. Be sure to visit Metl-Span in Booth 747 at METALCON 2019.

Chicago, IL – The leaders of the Soul City Church on Chicago’s west side sought help with plans for expansion to meet the needs of a growing congregation. The project evolved into a 29,000 square foot addition and 20,000 square foot renovation of the existing building, complete with insulated metal panels from Metl-SpanMore

In another article featured in DesignandBuildwithMetal.com, the Dekalb County Jail serving Dekalb County, IL, was modernized and aesthetically enhanced with CENTRIA Formawall® insulated metal panels. CENTRIA will also be on hand at METALCON 2019 in Booth #747 alongside Mewl-Span.

Approximately 3,200 square feet of Formawall Dimension Series horizontal panels in Limestone and 1,800 square feet of the same system in Champagne Pearl were used on the building façade. Formawall curved vertical panels were also specified in Champagne Pearl for the corners of the high-performance façade.

Battle Mountain, NV – The new Lander County Recreation Center provides a daily splash of energy and enthusiasm to the quiet mining community of Battle Mountain. It also demonstrates the performance and aesthetics capable with a comprehensive metal building and metal envelope construction approach. The framing system was from Star Building Systems, the insulated wall and roof panels from Metl-Span and the smooth-faced accent panels from MBCI. Read more in DesignandBuildwithMetal.com.

As featured in ArchDaily.com, Inspire by Dri-Design can provide highly custom finishes with superior weatherability and durability, without the concern of delamination and bubbling associated with laminated products. The product offers the long-life durability of aluminum panels with unique and customizable finishes that are equally suitable for use on interior and exterior applications.

Learn from MCA IMP Experts at METALCON 2019

Members of MCA’s Insulated Metal Panel Group will be on hand at METALCON 2019 next month offering educational sessions in the primary PPG Theatre as well as in the Learning Centers. Join Amanda Karns, Director of Engineering and Design with CENTRIA and Quincy McBride, Director of Marketing with Kingspan Insulated Panels, on Wednesday, October 16 from 8:30 am – 9:30 am as they present their session “To Code…And Beyond, Using Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) to Future-Proof Buildings.” These industry experts will cover the ins and outs of IMPs, which products or systems can best fulfill the required air and water control functions of a high performance building enclosure, while meeting fire codes and offering aesthetic flexibility.

Members of MCA’s Insulated Metal Panel Group can be found on the show floor in the following booths: Brucha, #750; Metl-Span/Centria,  #747; and Greenspan, #1641.

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