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Metal panels create playful profiles on building

Needham Public SafetyNeedham, Mass., is sporting a new public safety building with the help of metal wall panels from ATAS International Inc., Allentown, Pa. This city office and administration building-designed by Winter Street Architects Inc., Salem, Mass.-features Versa-Lok (VSL166), Metafor (MFP120) and CastleTop (HCT160) profiles from ATAS.

The 0.032-inch (0.8-mm) aluminum Versa-Lok profile has a Champagne finish; while the 0.032-inch aluminum Metafor has an Antique Patina finish; and the 0.032-inch aluminum Castle-Top has a Coppertone finish. The panels were installed by Weston Architectural Products, North Oxford, Mass., and distributed by Beacon Sales, Worchester, Mass.

"What Winter Street Architects has done with the ATAS panels is remarkable," said Jim Bush, vice president of sales for ATAS. "The firm took the uniqueness and strength of each profile and created an overall playful design that changes at each building angle."

The panels were selected in part because of their contributions to the sustainability of the building. Winter Street Architects incorporated green materials to save energy and water. The building has a geothermal heat pump, sun controls at larger windows, light-colored roof and well-insulated building envelope. Stormwater management of the site also was included.