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Vale Church, Bloomington, Ill.

To serve a growing congregation, BLDD Architects Inc. designed Vale Church with seven metal building systems on a 37-acre site. The church has a metal roof and metal walls as well. On the roof, P.J. Hoerr Inc. installed 30,000 square feet of Metl-Span’s BattenLok IMPs in Regal Gray. On the walls, P.J. Hoerr installed 18,000 square feet of Metl-Span’s 3-inch-thick CF Striated insulated metal panels (IMPs) in Polar White and Slate Gray.

Brian Sommerfeld, project architect at BLDD Architects, says, “They are a very modern, contemporary church, so we created an aesthetic that matched that with striated insulated metal panels. From a distance, the striated metal wall looks flat, similar to an architectural metal panel look.”

Also on the walls, P.J. Hoerr installed 2,000 square feet of CF Striated IMPs in Copper Metallic.

“The Copper Metallic color evokes their brand, and we liked the contrast with the gray and white panels; overall, it was a very nice mix,” Sommerfeld says.

All the IMPs on the walls are vertical. For accents on the church’s wings and main entrance, P.J. Hoerr horizontally installed MBCI’s single-skin Designer Series concealed fastener panels in Copper Metallic.

“Overall, the building is very vertical,” Sommerfeld says. “We incorporated the single-skin panels as a way to add some variation to the aesthetic with a horizontal element.”

Star Building Systems supplied the metal building systems. Construction began in August 2017 and the project was completed in May 2018.