Metal Builders Show Their Mettle


An Arizona college, Illinois medical center, New York fireboat facility and Texas headquarters are among a dozen structures nationwide showcasing excellence in metal construction products and technologies.

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) bestowed the honors earlier this month in its 2013 Chairman’s Awards, presented at MetalCon International in Atlanta, GA.

The awards honor innovation and creativity while showcasing how metal products help achieve exceptional building designs, MCA said in announcing the winners. Judging was performed by a panel of architects.

The awards were given in Commercial/Industrial; Education (Primary and Secondary Schools); Education (Colleges and Universities); Municipal; Institutional; Roofing; Residential; and Overall Excellence. Two projects received an Honorable Mention Award.

And the winners (as described by MCA) are....

Overall Excellence:
Central Arizona College Maricopa Campus

The new satellite campus includes three academic buildings and a central plant. The highly sustainable structures were designed as a series of spare, no-maintenance "academic sheds" with Corten steel as the primary exterior wall material. Painted metal standing seam roof panels provide an attractive, long-lasting, low-maintenance roof.

The project team included Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp., Precoat Metals, Steel Dynamics Inc., U.S. Steel, Valspar, SmithGroupJJR, CORE Construction, and Kovach Building Enclosures.


Cirrus Logic Building, Austin, TX

Cirrus Logic, a supplier of analog and digital components, built a new corporate headquarters in downtown Austin that features attractive zinc panels and glass curtain wall.

Cirrus Logic HQ

The six-story office building included perforated zinc panels on the parking garage. Both interlocking panels and corrugated panels were used on the structures.

The project team included Umicore Building Products USA Inc.; Muñoz + Albin Architecture and Planning Inc.; Ambrose, McEnany and House Architects; Lake/Flato; Harvey Cleary; and Kovach Inc.


Education (Primary and Secondary):
Sherwood Middle School, Shrewsbury, MA

Sherwood Middle School features a highly efficient exterior wall system and a low-tech solar wall application. The $34 million, 130,000-square-foot school has about 1,000 fifth and sixth graders. The energy-efficient metal panel systems and recycled content helped the project obtain credits in the Massachusetts Collaborative for High Performance Schools.

Sherwood Middle School
Frank Giuliani, Photographer / Gilbane Building Company

The project team included 3A Composites USA, ATAS International, CENTRIA, Lamoureux Pagano & Associates, Gilbane Building Company and Lymo Construction Co.


Education (Colleges and Universities):
MassArt Student Residence Hall, Boston, MA

Based on input from an 80-person design charette that included administrators, students, faculty, and others, this new residence hall was designed as a painting in the skyline.

Peter Vanderwarker courtesy of MassArt

Metal panels in seven custom colors were positioned to simulate Gustav Klimt’s 1909 “Tree of Life” painting. The goal of the design was to express the individuality of the college, and metal was ideal for simulating a colorful tree.

The project team included 3A Composites USA, ADD Inc., Suffolk Construction, and Lymo Construction.


FDNY Fireboat Firehouse, New York, NY

The new 8,500-square-foot waterfront facility for Marine Company 1 in Manhattan is the last remaining fireboat company in the city. The facility provides docking space for FDNY’s newest vessel, which can pump 50 times more water than a typical fire truck.

FDNY Fireboat

The design uses standing seam roof panels and flat lock tile, which are designed to weather to a lush patina.

The project team included RHEINZINK America Inc., CDR Studio Architects PC, Beninati Roofing & Sheet Metal, and CT Roofing Reps Inc.


Tower Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

The goals for the Tower Hospital project were to support enhanced patient care and to establish a strong visual presence in Chicago’s skyline.

Tower Hospital
Robert R. Gigliotti

The result is a unique butterfly design using an unconventional metal panel system with numerous bullnose shapes, curves and very long lengths. The 840,000-square-foot building is LEED Gold Certified and uses metal panels for exterior wall cladding and as a color accent on column covers and interior mullions.

The project team included 3A Composites USA, Sobotec Inc., Perkins+Will, Powers/Jacobs Joint Venture, and ASI Ltd.

Metal Roofing:
VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia

The center's unique design simulates a native orchid, and it was designed to achieve a sustainable design and attract more visitors to the garden. Undulating green roof panels on the building float above rammed earth and concrete walls. Metal panels are used for the unique roof in a five- petal design that dramatically flows to the ground in a half-barrel shape.

The project team included 3A Composites USA, Perkins+Will Canada, the Ledcor Group of Companies, and Keith Panel Systems Co., Ltd.

Private Residence, Takoma Park, MD

This residence was renovated with metal panels that were chosen for their delicate corrugated scale, creating a clever appearance. The owners wanted the house to respect its hilly, wooded surroundings while being creative and playful.

The project team included ATAS International, McInturff Architects, and Added Dimensions Inc.

Honorable Mentions

The Honorable Mention for Exceptional Choice of Material went to Stepping Stones Preschool, of Wyncote, PA. Colorful metal was used in the exterior wall cladding and structural elements during the school's renovation, to appeal to students and show them how a building fits together.

The Honorable Mention for Innovative Detailing went to the Williams Selyum Winery in Sonoma County, CA. The project used iconic elements of winemaking topped by a cantilevering wood and metal barrel-vaulted structure to recognize the winery’s natural and minimalist philosophy and Sonoma’s modernization.

Complete project information, videos and photos are available on MCA's website.


Tagged categories: Architecture; Awards and honors; Building Envelope; Commercial Construction; Construction; Contractors; Design; Metal cladding; Metal Construction Association; Metal panels; Schools; Steel; Structural steel

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