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2012 MCA Chairman's Awards

At last month's METALCON, the Metal Construction Association honored its 2012 Chairman's Award recipients. An annual designation given to outstanding building projects involving MCA member companies, the Chairman's Awards honor innovation and creativity while showcasing how metal products help achieve exceptional building designs.


This year, honorees were chosen by a panel of professional architects that included Andrew M. Koglin, AIA, president of OKW Architects, Chicago; Elaine Fitzgerald, CSI, CDT, CCS, is a registered architect with experience in commercial, higher education and high-rise building design; and Hector Hernandez, Associate AIA, LEED GA, is an associate architect at Chicago-based Legat Architects. Projects considered for the MCA Chairman's awards are projects that were submitted to Metal Architecture Design Awards.


The MCA Chairman's Awards were given in eight categories: Municipal, Education-Primary and Secondary Schools, Education-Colleges and Universities, Institutional, Commercial/Industrial, Roofing, Residential and Overall Excellence. MCA also honored one project with an Honorable Mention Award for Overall Use of Metal.


Overall Excellence

Chihuahua's Businessmen Foundation (FECHAC) Regional Office, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico


TheChihuahua's Businessmen Foundation (FECHAC) Regional Office features four unique 40-foot-high aluminum pillars, made up of Reynobond aluminum composite material panels from Alcoa Architectural Products. The pillars hold the offices of the company and are designed with a similarity to the stone heads on Easter Island that watch over and protect the community. The crisp folds of aluminum create a mosaic-like pattern that changes in color and intensity as sunlight moves across the building during the day. At night, color-changing lights illuminate the façades to continue the movement of light across the angles of the structure.


The MCA judging panel thought this project stood out from all the others because it incorporates metal into many parts of the building. They found it fascinating that the architects were able to use metal to represent rock. Lights on the building were incorporated to make the metal look different in summer and in winter.


Architect/metal installer: Grupo ARKHOS, Ciudad Juarez

General contractor: Constructora Mayab, Ciudad Juarez

Metal manufacturer: Alcoa Architectural Products, Eastman, Ga.,



Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego

MCA-Port Pavilion

The Port Pavilion project features new colors and applications on a traditional structure. The 52,000-square-foot structure adds a passenger facility plus space for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection services to the existing pier. Sustainability was a driving force on the project, which is expected to receive the USGBC's LEED Silver certification. Metal was selected for its light weight, forgiving nature to seismic movement, timesaving installation, recycled content, recyclability and low maintenance. The striking visual appearance is achieved with color-shifting coatings from PPG Industries on the metal wall panels, supplied by Morin, a Kingspan Group company. The wall and roof coatings also meet cool roof requirements.


According to the MCA judges, the project was chosen because of the use of conventional materials in a very creative way to create a modern looking building originating from a 90-year-old pier.


Architect: Bermello Ajamil & Partners Inc., Miami, Fla.

General contractor: Jaynes Corp., Albuquerque, N.M.

Sheet metal installer: Challenger Sheet Metal Inc., San Diego

Metal manufacturer: Morin, A Kingspan Group Company, Deland, Fla.,

Coatings: PPG Industries, Pittsburgh,


Education-Primary and Secondary Schools

Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education, Cincinnati


MCA-CinciThe Cincinnati Public Schools' Erich Kunzel Center is a great example of metal's versatility. The main feature of the building is its "urban curve." It reflects the school's dynamic education program and provides a striking contrast to the masonry forms of this building and those around it. Contrasting this are large stainless steel shingles in polished and matte finishes, and pre-weathered zinc wall cladding. The interlocking tile system utilized is from RHEINZINK America Inc. This 253,000-squarefoot facility is the school system's first to have private donor funding.


The MCA judges took note of how multiple materials were integrated beautifully into this project. Metal tiling, diagonal banding and grid detail are all handled very well.


Owner: Cincinnati Public School System

Architect: Moody Nolan Inc., Columbus, Ohio

Construction manager: Turner/DAG/TYS, Cincinnati

General contractor: Monarch Construction Co., Cincinnati

Metal installer: The Zero Co., Cincinnati

Distributor/fabricator: Firestone Metal Products, Anoka, Minn.

Metal manufacturer: RHEINZINK America Inc., Woburn, Mass.,


Education-Colleges and Universities

Student Center at Monterrey Technical University, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico

MCA-Student Center

The Student Center at Monterrey Technical University utilizes a unique approach to recycling. The colorful open structure uses 11 standard 40-foot recycled steel containers alternately stacked to create voids and cantilevered areas. These form open spaces where students can meet and relax. The containers are 80 percent of the structure and are complemented by composite aluminum panels from Alcoa Architectural Products in a variety of forms and colors. The project's enormous amount of creativity and attention to sustainability also reflect the university's philosophy.


For this project, the MCA judging panel admired the ingenuity of using the metal containers that were integrated into the building very thoughtfully.


Architect: Grupo ARKHOS, Ciudad Juarez

General contractor: ITESM Construction Department, Ciudad Juarez

Metal installer: VV Ingenieria en Cristal, Ciudad Juarez

Metal manufacturer: Alcoa Architectural Products, Eastman, Ga.,



Temple Sinai, Oakland, Calif.


The First Hebrew Congregation of Oakland uses green zinc on its building for aesthetic appeal, long-term durability and the ability to shape it into walls that wrap and protect-reminiscent of the texture and draping of prayer shawls. The VMZinc standing seam panels from Umicore Building Products clad the new chapel, community area and library, and connect them to the existing temple, social hall and new classroom wing. The stone-clad wall of the circulation spine evokes the Western Wall of Jerusalem with a similar purpose of connecting the past and the present.


The MCA judging panel felt this project stood out for its use of the green zinc and its connection to the rest of the elements of the building.


Architects: Michael Harris Architecture, San Francisco, and Mark Horton Architecture, San Francisco

General contractor: Oliver & Co., Richmond, Calif.

Metal installer: Peterson Sheet Metal, San Ramon, Calif.

Metal manufacturer: Umicore Building Products USA Inc., Raleigh, N.C.,



Whole Foods Market, Oklahoma City

MCA-Whole Foods

The Whole Foods Market, designed by Mark Cavagnero Associates, is a 47,000-square-foot facility and the anchor in a high-end, mixed-use development. The building illustrates the upscale retailer's commitment to sustainability with the use of metal for its high recycled content, recyclability and low maintenance. Metal is featured at the entrance in a zinc-clad canopy, in automated louver panels that protect the entrance from the intense Oklahoma sun, and a rooftop mechanical screen. RHEINZINK America Inc. provided pre-weathered standing seam solid and perforated panels for the building.


The MCA judging panel found the metal on this project unique, being perforated and shaped to deal with the elements. They noted the integration of metal with other materials.


Architect of record: Elliott and Associates Architects, Oklahoma City

General contractor: Smith & Pickel Construction, Oklahoma City

Distributor: MetalTech-USA, Peachtree City, Ga.

Metal installer: NOW Specialties Inc., Carrollton, Texas

Metal manufacturer: RHEINZINK America Inc., Woburn, Mass.,


Metal Roofing

New Holy Cross Church of Christ, Trenton, N.J.


The 150-year-old New Holy Church of Christ building had a complete facelift but its deteriorating slate roof was weakening the building's performance and posing a danger to its interior. ATAS International Inc. solved the problem by replacing the old slate roof with metal shingles that are lighter in weight and highly durable. The metal shingles mimic and improve the original look of the historic church.


For this project, the MCA judges found it interesting how the church used what is available now to mimic a traditional roof product and did so cost effectively.


Metal installer: Shiny Diamond Cleaning & Restoration, Princeton, N.J.

Metal manufacturer: ATAS International Inc., Allentown, Pa.,



McElrath Residence, Chelsea, Mich.


The McElrath residence is an example of how metal blends old and new. The original house, built in 1857, was in poor condition structurally and not weathertight. The interior was renovated and additions were made with an agrarian profile. Metal was chosen by Dangerous Architects PC to achieve a permanent weathertight exterior while offering a fresh, lively exterior that reflects the home's historic value. Metal is also brought into the interior for kitchen counters and areas where durable surfaces were needed.


The judging panel thought this project was nicely done. They commented that you don't expect to see metal in residential projects but this is a prime example of how it can be incorporated successfully.


Architect: Dangerous Architects PC, Chelsea

General contractor: Homeowners

Metal installer: Detail Roofing, Ypsilanti, Mich.

Distributor: Oakland Metal Sales, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Metal manufacturer: Petersen Aluminum Corp., Elk Grove Village, Ill.,


Honorable Mention for the Overall Use of Metal

California ISO Headquarters, Folsom, Calif.


The LEED Platinum certified ISO headquarters creates a secure and sustainable structure that serves as a true employee amenity while promoting ISO's public outreach efforts. Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects chose metal as a perfect fit to meet the building's goals of durability, longevity and inherent energy efficiency of systems. CENTRIA and 3A Composites USA Inc. supplied metal panels for the project.


MCA judges felt this was a well-rounded project that successfully used metal in all parts of the building, helping it to earn LEED certification.


Architect: Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects, Sacramento, Calif.

General contractor: Clark Design/Build of California, Oakland, Calif.

Metal installer: Pacific Erectors, Rocklin, Calif.

ACM fabricator: Keith Panel Systems, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Metal manufacturer: CENTRIA, Moon Township, Pa.,, and 3A Composites USA Inc., Statesville, N.C.,


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