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IMPs Deliver a Front-Row Seat to Salt Lake City’s Skyline

Developers of the Salt Lake City Hyatt Regency needed an external cladding product that could accommodate a fast-paced construction schedule. Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) allowed rapid construction, requiring only one pass with a single product around the building. The results were a fast build – and an impressive view.

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MCM: Luster for Life

Today’s Metal Composite Material (MCM) retains its luster for decades, ensuring that the building maintains its aesthetic appeal and property value for the long term. Facilities clad with high-tech MCM systems and finishes maintain curb appeal, often reducing the need for maintenance costs.

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Photo Courtesy of MCA Member 3A Composites

Live Webinar: Forging the Future – Exploring the Dynamic Intersection of Metal and Design

LIVE WEBINAR: Forging the Future – Exploring the Dynamic Intersection of Metal and Design – Nov. 30. Understanding the advancements in metal construction is essential to stay ahead of the competition. This course will explore how metal construction techniques and materials can enhance energy efficiency and sustainability in building design.

Featuring projects from Verse Design and CO Architects along with MCA’s Technical Director, Bob Zabcik.

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Photo Courtesy of MCA Member: PPG

MCM Brings Contemporary Beauty to DC

The Yards, a mixed-use “hidden urban oasis” with residential, retail, and commercial use, features Metal Composite Material (MCM), single-skin metal panels and perforated panels. The various metal components create a striking and distinct juxtaposition to the building’s façade.

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40 Years of Building a Stronger Industry

For 40 years, MCA’s commitment to building the future with metal has shown powerful results. With increasing demand for sustainable buildings, we’ve successfully showcased metal as one of the best cradle-to-gate building materials. Lower energy consumption, less maintenance, and durability contribute to the sustainability of metal.

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Texas A&M Rec Center Takes Home Top MCA Honors 

As one of the largest state universities in the country, Texas A&M University was hard pressed to expand its recreational services for its 69,000 enrolled students in College Station, Texas.

To fill the need, the new Southside Rec Center—with 63,500 square feet of indoor recreational space and 15,000 square feet of outdoor space—opened its doors in the late summer.

Earning accolades as the Metal Construction Association’s Design Awards Winner in the Single Skin Panels Category, the sleek structure features a variety of boxed ribbed metal panels, perforated metal scrim and single-skin metal panels.

“The variety of panels creates an energetic pattern across the façade, accurately reflecting the kinetic movement of the live oaks outside and the fitness activity inside,” stated Kalman Nagy, AIA, NCARB, design principal, SmithGroup, Dallas. “This varied pattern extends to other materials in the building façade, such as the vertical frit patterns on the glass and the horizontal reveals in the limestone.”

The architects designed the form as two high-bay spaces flanking a central spine where recreational activities are showcased, thereby engaging the campus at a pedestrian scale.

Metal was selected as a prominent material to complement the campus context and master plan design guidelines. For example, the Dark Bronze finish matches the master plan palette.

Overall, the architects successfully blend the flat composite metal panels and single-skin ribbed metal panels with a limestone and glass curtainwall exterior. Highlighting the combination of materiality and contrast between the stone and metal, the MCA judges were impressed with the detail juxtaposition and range of applications in the facility.

The team selected four different Petersen Aluminum box rib patterns in Dark Bronze to offset the patterns, articulating the building’s base, middle and top. While the patterns in the ribbed metal panels create texture, a change in the pattern’s rhythm emphasizes the transition from one section to the other. 

A perforated box rib metal scrim, located at the main entry plaza, mimics the expression of the adjacent live oak trees. And two different profiles and perforation sizes extend the façade’s visual rhythm, shading the entry plaza and glazing of the courts and lobby.

With the ribbed metal panels extending beyond the building envelope, the cladding transitions to perforated panels to balance shading, views, texture and depth in the façade. 

The single skin metal panels also add value to the building in lending support to the outdoor amenities, including a terrace, two volleyball courts and a turf area for fitness classes and functional training. The 12-inch-wide panels stretches off the façade that enclose the large 100-foot by 200-foot high bay for strength and conditioning and courts.

This large overhang provides shaded exterior space and daylight-protected glazing. High-performance glazing with integrated ceramic frit patterns and perpendicular shading fins further reduces heat gain while maintaining views. 

Also inside the rec center is a bouldering wall, locker rooms and a cardio mezzanine. “Minimal circulation space connects a variety of programs and is a good example of a simple design move with a big impact,” he said.

Showcasing the modest investment required to deliver a high quality, aesthetic building, Nagy again stated, “It’s a shining example of the power of simplicity and how an economical and common material thoughtfully designed to work with campus context can result in a truly beautiful outcome.”