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Façade features metal composite material

FXFowle Architects LLP designed a façade for an office building at 7770 Norfolk Ave. (7770 Norfolk) in Bethesda, Md., with a metal composite material (MCM) panel rainscreen system that wraps the perimeter above and below a curtainwall at each level. Large, sheer surfaces extend from the bottom level to the top of the building.

The MCM panels were selected to provide a smooth, modern appearance, multiple colors and sustainability to the design. The panels were shop-fabricated from a 3-D scan model; many panels were fabricated into multi-panel assemblies to combine different colors into single units.

MillerClapperton and Ornamental Metal Contractors Inc. installed 60,000 square feet of 3A Composites USA Inc.'s 4-mm Alucobond aluminum composite metal wall panels with a fire retardant core in Pearl White, Pewter, Cosmic Gray and Norfolk Copper for the 250,000-square-foot project, completed in 2015.

Owner: The JBG Cos., Chevy Chase, Md.
Architects: The Preston Partnership LLC, Atlanta, and FXFowle Architects LLP, New York City
General contractor: Clark Construction Group LLC, Bethesda, Md.
Installers: MillerClapperton, Austell, Ga., and Ornamental Metal Contractors Inc., Newnan, Ga.
Metal wall panels: Alucobond by 3A Composites USA Inc., Davidson, N.C.,