Metl-Span Features Top Projects in 2020 Calendar

Metl-Span has compiled its annual list of Projects of the Month and is featuring them in its 2020 calendar. The Project of the Year, featured on the cover, is the 54 Middlesex office building renovation in Bedford, Massachusetts. Metl-Span provided approximately 16,000 square feet of 3-inch CF Architectural insulated metal panels in 24-inch and 36-inch widths. The IMPs, with a 22-gauge exterior skin and 26-gauge interior skin, were installed over an existing split-face masonry wall with a custom clip, to metal studs. Half of the panels were Regal Gray and half were Polar White. IMPs provided a fresh look to a dated office building which is now a source of pride for the employees and surrounding area.

“Architects and installers continue to use Metl-Span insulated metal panels to construct what turn out to be their signature projects, which rejuvenate communities,” said Amanda Storer, Director Brand Marketing at Metl-Span. “Insulated metal panels are becoming more and more popular in a variety of construction markets, from schools to offices to recreational facilities. Durability, aesthetic variety and performance are a few of the reasons IMP usage is growing.”

Other winning projects featured in the 2020 Metl-Span calendar include the EFI Inkjet office in Londonderry, New Hampshire; Home2Suites by Hilton in Chicago; Boston Sports Institute in Wellesley, Massachusetts; Zialena Winery in Geyserville, California; Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Amazon in Spokane, Washington; North Star Academy in Newark, New Jersey; Sofidel America in Circleville, Ohio; Boston Medflight Hangar in Bedford, Massachusetts; High Point Climbing and Fitness in Memphis, Tennessee; and Atlantic Aviation PDK in Atlanta, Georgia.

For more detailed information on these projects, please visit www.metlspan.com.

Quick, Clean Construction of Vineyard Villas Aided by Insulated Metal Panels

Two 1,300-square-foot guest houses now provide overnight accommodations at Overmountain Vineyards. Insulated metal panels from Metl-Span were used for the walls and roofing. Photos: Metl-Span

Overmountain Vineyards, a family-operated vineyard in Polk County, North Carolina, wanted to offer its visitors comfortable overnight accommodations. Working with some talented designers, the plan was to construct two 1,300 square foot guest houses, using insulated metal panels (IMPs) from Metl-Span for the walls and roofing.

The two-bedroom, two-bath luxury villas each offer a scenic view of the Overmountain Vineyards along with a private patio. Suitable for four guests, both villas are just five minutes from the Tryon International Equestrian center and housed members of teams from Europe during the September 2018 competition. Each is stocked with a complete inventory of household items for the kitchen and bedrooms.

Each building is constructed on a concrete slab, which serves as the interior flooring as well. The concrete, which was colored while mixing in the truck, is finished with an acrylic coating.

“The vineyards’ owner, Frank Lilly, wanted the guest houses to have a modern look,” says architect Julia McIntyre of Tryon, North Carolina. “The outside is a very minimalist look, but the inside is not. Each house front features sliding glass doors that lead to an extended patio with a view of the vineyards. The insulated metal panels have a clean look and are very low maintenance, easy to care for.”

Sloping from the front of the villa to the back, the roof extends 6 feet beyond the front wall to cover the patio area, creating more “living space.” The roof extends 5 feet beyond the walls in the back and on the sides. Photos: Metl-Span

The IMPs were an integral focus of the design. “With the insulated metal panels, you’re building with a system and we were very pleased to discover the different colors and different textures we could choose from,” says McIntyre. “One couple that stayed there has already approached me about designing a mountain home for them using insulated metal panels. I don’t believe they have a lot yet, but we’ve started work on the design.”

Interior decorating features a combination of modern design as well as some antique architectural woodwork, salvaged from older buildings in the area. McIntyre says the insulated metal panels, installed on a metal framing system from Mesco Building Solutions, helped shorten erection time and therefore reduced construction costs.

“This was our first time installing insulated metal panels,” says Myron Yoder, owner of M. Yoder Construction Inc., Columbus, North Carolina. “We really liked the way they went together and it didn’t take too long. We’ve done a lot of steel buildings; we build a lot of barns and do some commercial work, but if you can do steel buildings, I believe you can build with insulated metal panels.”

The roof slopes from the front of the villa to the back and extends 6 feet beyond the front wall to cover the patio area, creating more “living space.” The roof extends 5 feet beyond the walls in the back and on the sides. To achieve an R-value of R-34 to reduce energy costs, the Metl-Span LS-36 insulated roof panels contain a 5-inch urethane core. The exterior traditional rib panels are 26-gauge Galvalume in Sandstone, while the interior panels are 26-gauge Galvalume in Mesa Almond.

The two-bedroom, two-bath guest homes were built on concrete slabs. Metl-Span’s CF-42 panels were used for the walls of the villas. Photos: Metl-Span

LS-36 insulated metal panels have an overlapping, through-fastened joint, allowing for installation that is quicker than other construction methods. This reduces labor costs and made the villas available for occupancy sooner.

Metl-Span’s CF-42 panels were used for the walls of the villas — 14 feet tall in the front and 8 feet tall in the back. The 26-gauge Galvalume exterior and interior panels contain a 2-1/2-inch urethane core, providing an R-value of R-19. Exterior panels are Sandstone, matching the roof. The interior panels are Almond.

Yoder says the panel handling and installation isn’t much different than constructing a steel building. “We used a lift to get the panels in place, but we didn’t need a crane or any other outlandish equipment,” he says. “It’s a very economical construction and it’s a pretty tight house.”

Insulated Metal Panels Lend New Rec Center Weather and Fire Performance

Photos: Metl-Span

The new Lander County Recreation Center, also known as “BM Rec” to area residents, provides a daily splash of energy and enthusiasm to the quiet mining community of Battle Mountain, Nevada. Featuring bold, ribbed insulated metal panels, single-skin rainscreen panels and a standing seam roofing system, the project showcases a comprehensive metal building envelope and the best in performance and aesthetics offered by NCI Building Systems Inc.

Designed by VanWoert Bigotti Architects, the Lander County Recreation Center strikes the perfect balance between industrial and commercial architecture. The project pairs a steel frame system by Star Building Systems with more than 50,000 square feet of metal panels by Metl-Span and MBCI.

Metl-Span insulated metal panels make up the bulk of the project’s high-performance metal exterior, providing thermal and moisture performance in a single, easy-to-install component. Designers blended 16,997 square feet of the ribbed 7.2 Insul-Rib profile with 4,595 square feet of lightly-corrugated CF Mesa panels for dramatic wall relief. Specified in both Charcoal Gray and Igloo White, the insulated metal panels provide exceptional aesthetic versatility.

While the 3-inch insulated metal panels boast an exceptional R-value of 23.58, the project team was equally impressed with the product’s unique, single-component construction. The ease of installation creates a weathertight building envelope after just one pass, creating efficiencies throughout the construction process.

Lander County Recreation Center showcases a comprehensive metal building envelope, with bold, ribbed insulated metal panels, single-skin rainscreen panels and a standing seam roof system. Photos: Metl-Span

The insulated metal panel system was installed without a hitch, according to Larry Rogers, owner of G&S Construction. As first-time Metl-Span IMP installers, Rogers and his team of builders underwent training at the nearby Metl-Span West manufacturing facility in Las Vegas.

“Everything went up smoothly,” Rogers says. “I’ve heard nothing but positive reactions from the architect and the building owners.”

Designers accented the ribbed insulated metal panels in Charcoal Gray with a custom green single-skin metal panel from MBCI that provides aesthetic harmony with interior design and signage elements. The bold green exterior also serves as the project’s aesthetic focal point, drawing attention to the street-facing entrance.

“The lime green panels really strike the eye,” notes Associate Project Manager Charlie Grundy, VanWoert Bigotti Architects. “We wanted to inject some personality and energy to the project, and I think it was a big success.”

The project also incorporates fire-rated insulated metal panels, featured solely on a storage facility on the eastern side of the building’s perimeter. While not part of the initial design, Lander County Recreation Center representatives requested additional storage space to meet the needs of its growing suite of programs and activities. Measuring approximately 600 square feet, the new addition “called for a firewall because of its proximity to a nearby school to meet codes,” Rogers said.

The team from VanWoert Bigotti did not hesitate to specify Metl-Span ThermalSafe panels. “The fire-rated panels were required at the common area between the Battle Mountain Junior High School gymnasium building and the storage building,” says Armando Velazquez, building service representative with Star Building Systems.

The building was crowned with a standing seam roof comprised of 22,853 square feet of 24-gauge CFR insulated metal standing seam roof panels. The roof panels are exposed on the interior. Photos: Metl-Span

ThermalSafe mineral wool panels combine exceptional fire-resistance with the thermal and moisture performance that can be expected from Metl-Span insulated metal panels. The product’s unique LockGuard interlocking side joint further enhances the fire-resistant performance of the panel with its tongue-and-groove engagement of the mineral wool core. The fire-rated panel also offers excellent structural characteristics and span capability.

The Lander County Recreation Center incorporates 972 square feet of 24-gauge, 4-inch ThermalSafe insulated metal panels with a Light Mesa profile and matching Charcoal Gray hue.

To complete the all-metal building envelope, VanWoert Bigotti Architects specified 22,853 square feet of 24-gauge CFR insulated metal standing seam roof panels. Featuring 2-inch standing seams with the lightly-corrugated Mesa profile, the CFR panels are exposed on the interior for smooth sightlines and a modern aesthetic appearance.

The product combines durable exterior and interior faces of Galvalume steel with Metl-Span’s unmatched polyurethane insulating core. Factory-cut panel ends and factory notching eliminate field work and erection costs, while weathertight vertical side seaming leads to additional installation efficiencies.

Battle Mountain residents celebrated the grand opening of the new Lander County Recreation Center with two days of free admission in July 2017.

TEAM

Architect: VanWoert Bigotti Architects, Reno, Nevada, www.vwbarchitects.com
General Contractor: Core Construction, Reno, Nevada, www.coreconstruction.com
IMP Installer: G&S Construction, Battle Mountain, Nevada,

MATERIALS

Insulated Metal Panels: Insul-Rib and CF Mesa panels, Metl-Span, www.metlspan.com
Roof Panels: 24-gauge Mesa CFR insulated metal standing seam roof panels, Metl-Span
Metal Accent Panels: Custom green metal panels, MBCI, www.mbci.com

Metl-Span Hosts Grand Opening Ceremony for Its New Production Facility

Metl-Span, a manufacturer of insulated metal panels, hosted a grand opening ceremony for its new production facility in Hamilton, Ontario.

More than 150 guests came to celebrate the opening with Metl-Span. Guests came from across Canada and traveled from as far south as Texas to be in attendance. Many were able to see how Metl-Span insulated metal panels were produced for the first time on the guided plant tours.

The Metl-Span plant, located at 430 Sherman Avenue North, employs more than 20 full-time workers and is currently producing the Mesa, Light Mesa, Striated and Fluted profiles.

“With Metl-Span now operating in Canada, our customers here and in the northeastern and north central U.S. can benefit from lower delivery costs for all of their metal panel needs,” says Steve Zirkel, president of Metl-Span. “We are also very excited to be a part of the Hamilton community and provide job opportunities and business here.”

The ceremony included an official ribbon cutting with representatives from Metl-Span; the Hamilton Port Authority; NCI, Metl-Span’s parent company; and Robertson Building Systems, also an NCI company, invited to participate. The ribbon was cut by Metl-Span plant manager, Jeff Fountain.

Metl-Span started production in the 24,000-square-foot facility, located at the Port of Hamilton, in March.

“Customers will realize significant savings in terms of turnaround and delivery times,” Zirkel says. “In an industry where time literally means money, this advantage is tremendous.”

The new Hamilton production plant is currently producing Metl-Span Mesa, Light Mesa, Striated and Fluted insulated metal panels.

Metl-Span Starts Production at Canadian Manufacturing Facility

Metl-Span, a manufacturer of insulated panels, has started production at the recently acquired plant in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

To better serve customers in the Canadian and Northeastern U.S. markets, Metl-Span is producing Mesa, Light Mesa, Striated and Fluted panels at the 24,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse facility. The Hamilton plant was acquired in October 2015.

“Our team has successfully completed the installation of technology and equipment to supply insulated metal panels to our customers,” says Steve Zirkel, Metl-Span president. “The market demand remains strong as architects and building owners continue to recognize the benefits of our wall systems.”

Metl-Span Updates CAD Library

Metl-Span announces important updated information in the Industrial, Commercial & Institutional Panels section of the CAD Library on the company website.

Below is the updated information, conveying the details along with modifications to each of the updated details. The information is located at the Metl-Span site within the CAD Library, under Resources.

Detail: Description (Modification)

  • 2H-VJ-01: Vertical joint with standard gasket (Newly created)
  • 2H-VJ-02: Vertical joint with sealant and backer rod (Newly created)
  • CI-CF-FSTN-01C: Attachment back fastener with girt clips (Proper panel orientation)
  • CI-CF-FSTN-01D: Attachment back fastener with rivets (Proper panel orientation)
  • CI-CF-BE-07: Trim details (Addition of part numbers)
  • CI-CF-DJ-01: Trim details (Addition of part numbers)
  • CI-CF-JB-01: Trim details (Addition of part numbers)
  • CI-CF-JB-02: Trim details (Addition of part numbers)
  • CI-CF-HD-01: Trim details (Addition of part numbers)
  • CI-CF-HD-02: Trim details (Addition of part numbers)
  • CI-CF-BE-08: Base Flashing (Addition of part numbers)

MBMA Adds Seven New Associate Members

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) announced the addition of seven new Associate members.

The new members include Quality Roof Seamers (Olive Branch, Miss.), Birmingham Rail & Locomotive (Birmingham, Ala.), D.I. Roof Seamers (Corinth, Miss.), Global Building Products (Elkhart, Ind.), Metl-Span (Lewisville, Texas), Distribution International (Houston, Texas), and Konecranes (West Allis, Wis.).

The Associate Membership of MBMA has grown to 57 companies since the organization was founded in 1956. This membership class consists of material suppliers and service providers within the construction industry. MBMA’s Building Systems Manufacturer Membership now totals 43 companies, which puts combined membership levels at an all-time high of 100 member companies. Adding to this momentum, MBMA’s Board of Directors recently approved an expansion of the MBMA membership categories to include a class comprised of firms that provide architecture and engineering services.

“Associate members provide invaluable technical and business input which helps keep the industry ahead of the curve,” says Dan Walker, PE, associate general manager of MBMA. “Associate member firms are very active in helping MBMA achieve its mission to grow the industry for everyone involved with metal building design, fabrication and procurement. We are especially excited about the added architecture and engineering firm membership category because these professionals work directly with our members’ products. Their active participation and engagement will provide members with tangible benefits.”

Metl-Span Employees Provide Gifts for Underprivileged Children

The employees at Metl-Span’s corporate headquarters and Lewisville manufacturing plant have again stepped up to generously support a program organized to provide Christmas gifts for underprivileged children in the area.

The employees at Metl-Span’s corporate headquarters and Lewisville manufacturing plant have again stepped up to generously support a program organized to provide Christmas gifts for underprivileged children in the area.

The employees at Metl-Span’s corporate headquarters and Lewisville manufacturing plant have again stepped up to generously support a program organized to provide Christmas gifts for underprivileged children in the area.

The Lewisville Fire Department works directly with the school district to distribute the toys to area families. This is the sixth year Metl-Span has been a supporter of this holiday project.
“Generosity begins at home,” says Steve Zirkel, president of Metl-Span. “We’re a proud part of the Lewisville community and our employees have taken it upon themselves to help ensure Lewisville families are able to enjoy the holiday season.”

Metl-Span was the largest contributor to this year’s program, as 57 employees contributed more than 80 gifts. Employees also donated cash which goes directly to the Children’s Advocacy Center, a program dedicated to providing justice and healing for abused children.

Metl-Span Appoints New President

Metl-Span announced that Steven R. Zirkel has joined the company as the new president. Metl-Span provides insulated metal panel products for increasing usage in institutional, commercial, industrial and cold-storage markets.

“I’m looking forward to building on a heritage of customer focus and innovation to serve our customers and grow the demand of insulated metal panels,” Zirkel says.

Zirkel comes to Metl-Span with more than 20 years of global leadership experience. Prior to joining Metl-Span, Zirkel was vice president of marketing, sales and commercial excellence at William Scotsman, leading strong customer focus and growth. Prior to that, Zirkel worked at Owens Corning as the director of market and business development, where he led strategy and growth plans for the rigid extruded polystyrene foam insulation business unit. Additionally, while at Owens Corning he was general manager of the global thermoplastics business and managing director of Asia Pacific. He has lived and worked on three continents and conducted business in more than 30 countries.

Metl-Span Acquires Vicwest Manufacturing Plant to Better Serve Customers in Canada and the Northeast

Metl-Span, a manufacturer of insulated metal panels, announces the acquisition of the Vicwest manufacturing plant in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The new plant allows Metl-Span the opportunity to expand and serve customers competitively within the Canadian and Northeastern U.S. markets. Metl-Span will be fulfilling existing customer orders, as well as offering its comprehensive product line to the marketplace.

Steve Zirkel, Metl-Span’s president, comments: “We are excited about the opportunity to better serve our Canadian customers. This plant acquisition will provide significant growth opportunities as the insulated metal panel market continues to gain share in the nonresidential construction market.”

Metl-Span is an affiliate of NCI Building Systems Inc.