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Rocksport, Queensbury N.Y.

Rocksport’s indoor climbing facility in Queensbury N.Y., houses a 45-foot-tall, two-tier inclined climbing wall. The 8,400-square-foot building is more than 50 feet tall at its highest point. Its combined roof and wall surface area is 26,454 square feet, and it has 17 windows, four main doors and an overhead door. To conserve energy, Munter Enterprises Inc., design-builder for the project, specified insulated metal panels (IMPs).

Todd Coffin, project coordinator at Munter, says, “During the design phase we had to look at the constructability of such a tall building and tackle an increasingly stringent energy code. Working at those heights and facing a mandatory blower door test on new commercial buildings by the local code enforcement, Metl-Span insulated panels were a no-brainer.”

Munter installed 18,000 square feet of Metl-Span’s 2 1/2-inch-thick CF42 IMPs in the Mesa profile. The panel exteriors are 26-gauge Galvalume with a PVDF coating in Slate Gray and Brownstone combination; the interiors are 26-gauge Galvalume in polyester Igloo White. Munter installed the panels vertically with double-factory caulked joints.

Once the building was closed in, Munter performed a blower door test. Patrick Sullivan, PE, of Highlander Engineering Services PLLC, says, “I was surprised and pleased that only a fraction of the allowed [cubic feet per minute] air leakage was used.”