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IWR Building Systems installing first CENTRIA FormaBond II Wall Panel System in U.S.

IWR Building Systems, a specialty contractor based in St. Louis, Missouri, is teaming with McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., to install the first CENTRIA FormaBond II cradle-to-cradle metal composite (ACM) wall panel system at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon, Illinois. The total project, estimated at $170 million, is 78 percent complete and the first facility in the United States to use this cutting-edge panel system.

As one of the nation's largest Platinum Certified installers, IWR was chosen by McCarthy to install this system which is designed to reduce the likelihood of entrapped moisture behind the exposed wall surface and decrease the potential for material degradation and mold growth. CENTRIA's unique horizontal dry seal joinery minimizes water penetration and maximizes ventilation. This project also utilizes Centria's Versawall foam panel system. In addition to providing a R-22 insulation value, this 3" close foam construction provides a non-organic surface which is impermeable as well as fire resistant.

"IWR is having tremendous success installing the panels. We field measured the entire project and the final fabrication fit right the first time" said Todd Staley, project director for IWR. "During our final walk-through with McCarthy and BSA LifeStructures, we had zero corrections on the punch list."

McCarthy is the construction manager for the new health center campus which includes a medical office building concurrently being constructed with the same metal panel system to match the main complex. All facilities were designed by BSA LifeStructures.

"We appreciate the efforts of the IWR Team to help us manage other aspects of the project," said McCarthy Project Executive Jeff Boyer. "They consider the entire project - not just their part of it - and make it their business to coordinate efforts with our other subcontractors in the best interest of the customer."

The new campus is expected to be fully complete by October 2012 with projected use in January 2013.