Metal Construction Association Names President's Awards for 2006 Projects

Awards given out to metal suppliers, architects, contractors and installers for projects in St. Louis, MO; Boston, MA; St. Petersburg, FL; West St. Paul, MN; and Chattanooga, TN.

Glenview, IL, January 31, 2007 --( At its recently held 2007 annual meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, the Metal Construction Association announced the winners of its 2006 President’s Awards, an annual designation given projects submitted by MCA members. Top projects are selected in five categories: residential, commercial-industrial, municipal-institutional, metal roofing, and overall excellence. The awards were made to the MCA member companies as well as the architects and fabricators involved in each of the five winning projects. They honor the work and encourage more like it to show what metal can do and what MCA members have helped achieve with their innovative products. Photos of each winning project are posted on the MCA Web site,

Overall Excellence
The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center was voted the project showing overall excellence and most creative use of metal. The goal of this $550 million project was to create a center to compete with cities across the country for large conventions and trade shows. Four years in the making, this stunning piece of architecture owned by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority was built within budget and opened on time in June 2004.

The designers chose metal for the flexibility in color selection, the ability to mold it to various shapes and to stay within the established budget. The 1.6-million-square-foot facility used metal for structural support and architectural applications that include sweeping massive curves and support beams. Eighty-five percent of its exterior including the roof and walls was covered with metal. The center’s long double-curved metal roof features 325-foot-long panels that were site formed using 455,000 square feet of .040 aluminum with a custom Duranar XLE metallic finish and 31,000 square feet of 24-gauge stainless steel panels. On either side of the curving roof are lower roofs covering the rest of the exhibit halls, meeting rooms and a food court.

MCA member companies involved in the project are MeTecno-Benchmark, Columbus, OH; MeTecno-Morin, Bristol, CT; and Metl-Span, Lewisville, TX. Designwall 2000V laminated architectural panels from MeTecno-Benchmark are used in vertical configurations all around the building, including 29,655 square feet of Designwall 2000V panels in a vertical orientation. The two-inch-thick panels provide an R-Value of 15 for insulating the entire perimeter of the building. The total soffit portion of the building is covered with 63,703 square feet of MeTecno-Benchmark’s Designwall 1000V applied in a vertical orientation with a 1 1/8-inch thick expanded polystyrene core that provides an R-Value of five. Both Designwall systems consist of custom 30-inch wide panels made of .040 smooth aluminum with a Kynar 500/Hylar 5000 coating by Valspar in a designer white custom shade.

Metl-Span vertical panels are used in higher parts of the exterior as interior partition walls in two different areas. The first contains 106,770 square feet of Metl-Span CF-42, two-inch thick, 42-inch-wide panels with an exterior profile in Igloo White. The second uses 69,900 square feet of Metl-Span CF-36, a 36-inch-wide striated panel of .032 aluminum in Space Silver metallic finish.

MeTecno-Morin supplied horizontal panels and a standing seam roof that covers part of the structure, including 18-gauge stainless steel gutters and 700 squares of the SSR16 standing seam roof using 16-inch-wide aluminum panels in a silver Duranar XL coating from PPG. The horizontal configuration uses 816 squares of X12 panels in a concealed fastener system of aluminum with a Duranar XL coating from PPG, which clad the higher portions of the building’s exterior.

Lymo Construction, Manchester, NH installed the exterior metal wall panel systems, standing seam roof, soffit areas, translucent wall systems and all the associated framing systems for each application. The project architect was a joint venture between Rafael Viñoly Architects, New York City and HNTB, Boston. Construction management included Clark Construction of Bethesda, MD, Huber Hunt and Nichols of Indianapolis, and Berry Construction of Boston.

The winning residential project was the Joe Shepard residence in Kirkwood, MO owned by Joe Shepard and his wife Claire McCaskill, Missouri’s former governor and now its U.S. Senator. The residence, adjoining garage, and separate pool house are topped by a beautiful and incredibly complex roof supplied by MCA member McElroy Metals, Bossier City, LA.

The project used 6,500 square feet of McElroy Medallion Lock panels made of 24-gauge Galvalume with a Tudor brown Kynar 500/Hylar 5000 finish. Most of the panels were trapezoid shapes installed on an 8:12 pitch roof. Architect for the home was Clayton Design Inc., Anacortes, WA; general contractor was Maple Park Development of Kirkwood; and the roof installer was Triton Architectural Metal, St. Louis, MO.

The U.S. Xpress Headquarters Companion Building in Chattanooga, TN was voted the winning project in the commercial-industrial category. It is the first of four buildings in a corporate campus being built by this technologically sophisticated trucking company that chose metal for the building to reflect the company’s high-tech image.

The architect chose Alucobond metal composite material (MCM) made by MCA Member Alcan Composites, St. Louis, MO. The building uses approximately 40,000 square feet of MCM in an Express Slate metallic color with a three-coat Duranar XLE finish from PPG. The custom color was made by taking a standard color and increasing the metallic flake and gloss to enhance reflectivity. The panels were installed using the series 200 rout and return caulked joint system by panel fabricator John W. McDougall Company, Inc., Nashville, TN. The architect on the project was SSOE, Inc. of Nashville. General Contractor was EMJ Corp., Chattanooga.

The winning project in the municipal-institutional category was the St. Croix Chapel in West St. Paul, MN, a 6,400-square-foot addition to St. Croix Lutheran High School in West Saint Paul. The structure’s crowning glory is the expanse of copper wall panels used on the exterior and interior. MCA member Firestone Metal Products/UNA-CLAD, Anoka, MN supplied 10,000 square feet of UNA-CLAD panels made of 16-ounce architectural grade sheet copper. Project architect was Kodet Architectural Group of Minneapolis. The general contractor was RJM Construction of Plymouth, MN, and the metal panel installer was Berwald Roofing of North St. Paul.

Metal Roofing
Holy Family Catholic Church in Saint Petersburg, FL, was chosen the winning metal roofing project.   The church’s unique roof fans out into sections surrounding a cross tower. It consists of 20,000 square feet of two inch Field-Lok Panels made of .032 smooth aluminum supplied by MCA member ATAS International, Allentown, PA. The roof’s Kynar 500/Hylar 5000 finish in a premium coppertone color adds a warm and welcoming feature to the massive structure. The double lock standing seam system was installed with concealed clips and fasteners mechanically seamed in the field. The architect on the project was C. B. Goldsmith and Associates of Clearwater, FL. The metal roof installer was F.G. Metals of Largo, FL.

About MCA
MCA is an organization of manufacturers and suppliers whose metal products are used in structures throughout the world. The association promotes the use of metal in construction through education, marketing support, technical programs, monitoring of industry issues and achievement awards.

The President’s Awards are just one of MCA’s award programs. Others include Scholarship Awards and the Student Design Competition. The Scholarship Awards offer architectural students financial aid and promote educational programs to develop knowledge of the wide range of durable and energy efficient metal construction products. MCA’s Student Design Competition offers students in schools of architecture a chance to learn about designing and building with metal. Entrants must address architectural, structural, functional, cultural, and environmental issues in the design of a project that uses metal in sheets or other forms as well as metal structural members. Winning projects can receive up to $2500 for the student, $1500 for the school and $500 for the faculty sponsor from MCA. For more information visit

MCA also promotes the use of metal through its flagship event, METALCON International, a trade show and conference with a 38-session educational program and product exhibits from more than 400 companies. The 18th annual METALCON is slated for October 3-5, 2007 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information visit


For pictures of the projects or a copy of the DVD presentation, please contact Sarah Walsh at 847/375-4831 or
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