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Metal modernizes church

Photo: Nick Feliciano, NWI Media and Marketing, Crown Point, Ind.

Project goals for First Church in Wheatfield, Ind., included giving the building a modern look with materials that required minimal maintenance.   

The original building, constructed in 1892, had undergone several previous renovations. Design-builder The Hamstra Group Inc. created a design utilizing three types of metal wall panels. The exterior is clad with smooth, matte silver panels and horizontally ribbed, gray panels. Additionally, brushed stainless steel panels were used for a cross on the outside.

The Hamstra Group installed 7,826 square feet of Mitsubishi Chemical Composites America Inc.’s ALPOLIC smooth metal wall panels in Silver Metallic with a matte finish on the exterior. It also installed 11,635 square feet of MBCI’s 24-gauge 7.2 ribbed metal wall panels in Ash Gray.

For the cross, The Hamstra Group installed ALPOLIC brushed stainless steel panels. In the interior, The Hamstra Group built a feature wall at an angle with 380 square feet of the same smooth panels as the exterior. The 40,000-square-foot project was completed for $6 million in May 2016.