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IMPs create contemporary look

QPK Design LLP specified insulated metal panels (IMPs) for Central New York Film Hub in DeWitt, N.Y., to give it a present-day appearance that complements its modern studio and soundstage. Neighboring office buildings in a business park were constructed with brick and stucco.

Steve Johnson, architect at QPK Design, says the flat, monolithic panels provided a contemporary aesthetic, thermal and moisture performance. “The building was originally designed as a partner to match the adjacent brick veneer office building, but it was later decided that metal panels would provide a much more high-tech solution than brick,” he says. “I think it is a more economical and efficient way to attain the required R-value and achieve the modern aesthetic.”

Ajay Glass Co. installed more than 20,000 square feet of Metl-Span’s 3-inch, 22/26-gauge CF Architectural wall panels in a variety of metallic gray colors. The IMPs have concealed fasteners and a flush appearance.

The 52,000-square-foot facility houses production studios, offices and conference rooms. It is located near several university film departments including Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., LeMoyne College in Syracuse, Onondaga Community College in Syracuse and SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany and Utica, N.Y. The $15 million project was completed in 2015.