On December 1, Metal Construction News (MCN) announced the winners of their annual Building & Roofing Awards for 2020. The Grand Award winner is the United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum, Colorado Springs, Colorado, which we seredinpitously featured in a recent MMM blog post for its unique use of metal. MCN found the project noteworthy for its unique façade and for its use of metal as a very predominant building material.
Kindling the Olympic Spirit with Metal
Despite the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics, one project commemorating the history and spirit of the games, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, opened on July 30. The museum was built on 1.7 acres of land near Pikes Peak, blocks away from the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters. DesignandBuildwithMetal.com reports, “Tasked with constructing the museum’s exterior, MG McGrath Inc. sought to create a skin that matched architecture firm Diller, Scofidio + Renfro’s vision of a building structure and overall exterior visual effect that encapsulated the passion, dedication, and endurance of an Olympic athlete.” To accomplish this, Lorin anodized aluminum panels were selected to create the system of custom metal panels to wrap the double-curved geometry of the façade. The metal was also selected for its durability, low cost, malleability, environmentally friendly qualities, and color and finish.Continue reading