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Danvers High School, Danvers, Mass., underwent a renovation project that called for four sizes of Lewisville, Texas-based Metl-Span's CFA 3-inch smooth panels: 13-inch, 24-inch, 25 3/4-inch and 28 1/4-inch.

Danvers High School, Danvers, Mass., underwent a renovation project that called for four sizes of Lewisville, Texas-based Metl-Span's CFA 3-inch smooth panels: 13-inch, 24-inch, 25 3/4-inch and 28 1/4-inch. Additionally, six sizes of CFA 3-inch embossed panels were utilized: 20 3/4-inch, 22 3/4-inch, 24-inch, 24 1/4-inch, 25 3/4-inch and 28 1/4-inch. All were custom-sized with trim-less ends.

Graham Spates, of Lynn, Mass.-based Bass Associates Inc., the installer for the project, says Metl-Span's insulated metal panels were chosen for the two-phase renovation because they provided an air vapor barrier and insulation in one insulated metal panel. Additionally, Spates says his company stayed on top of the job by communicating with the architect and the general contractor, East Providence, R.I.-based Bacon Construction Co. Inc. "We had to make a lot of custom panels in the field," he says. "The project was just a couple towns down the road from our shop so we were constantly managing the project."

The project included building a three-story academic wing, entrance, cafeteria and library. Additionally, the field house and auditorium were renovated. James Shuttleworth, AIA, project architect and CAD manager at Boston-based DiNisco Design Partnership, says portions of the project were renovations with some new additions. "A major material for the project was insulated precast concrete panels installed as a new skin of the existing building at the first floor level," he says. "The metal panels were used to carry the color and feel of the precast to the second and third floors of the existing building, where [installing] precast concrete would have been more costly."

Metl-Span insulated panels were used to clad the existing brick building with a number of finishes including smooth, embossed and Tuff-cast to closely match the finish and color of the precast concrete panels, Shuttleworth says.

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