PicturePictureThe Equal Justice Initiative plans to build a national memorial to victims of lynching in Montgomery, Alabama, which is expected to open in 2018. This memorial project relating to America’s history of racial terror and lynching will become the most ambitious in the nation on this topic. MetalTech-USA is excited to be a part of this incredible project.
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​Product: Soffit/Ceiling Panels, Custom Fabricated Memorials
Material: Weathering steel, elZinc
Architect: MASS Design Group

 

PictureelZinc Natural is now available in 48″ wide sheet and coil. This new wider format zinc is available in the following thicknesses:
.7mm
.8mm
1.0mm
1.2mm
1.5mm
elZinc America can also provide a variety of thicknesses. 3mm elZinc Natural is now available in 3mm, 1×2 meter sheets!

For more information on the entire elZinc product line, please visit www.elzinc.us.com!

 

Built over 30 years ago, Rubey Park Transit Center in Aspen, Colorado has undergone a recent transformation to modernize it with the incorporation of elZinc architectural zinc material into its design.

The primary goal of the renovation was to maintain the historic and familiar roof arrangement of the original 1980’s transit center. Rubey Park’s retrofit features both the use of zinc replacement roofing as well as the addition of zinc on part of the façade totaling roughly 8,900 square feet of elZinc Rainbow® Green provided by elZinc America.

“There’s an identity about Rubey Park that people have in their minds, so we wanted to build on and enhance that. We’ve tried to retain some of the key elements of the existing building, and update it so that it functions well and so that it’s a safe place to be and that people like coming in and out,” says Gilbert Sanchez, Principal-in-charge and architect with Studio B Architecture who was responsible for the updated design. “Zinc provides an appealing and quality aesthetic appearance for this civic project.”

elZinc architectural grade zinc was chosen as the new roof cladding to help maintain the historic form of the building. The zinc material was fabricated into Double Lock Standing Seam Panels cladding the roof and façade of Rubey Park. Sanchez says the Standing Seams Panels were selected in part for its visual connection to the original roof, durability and low maintenance.

 

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MetalTech-USA, the exclusive distributor for Asturiana de Laminados S.A. brand name elZinc, has recently announced the launch of its new website, www.elzinc.us.com, devoted solely to their architectural zinc line elZinc America. This site is dedicated to further expand the brand name and increase product awareness of elZinc in the North and South American market.
​The new bilingual site is intended to inform and showcase elZinc as a sustainable, cladding material, while also providing all the tools and documentation necessary for specification available for download. Also contained in the site is a brief overview of elZinc as an international brand, useful technical and environmental information on the titanium-zinc alloy, and the wide range of aesthetic and technical finishes available.

“With the launching of the elZinc America website, we expect to further expand our sales in architectural zinc, while also offering additional services and resources to our clients,” says Nils Simonsen, President of MetalTech-USA. “We are eager to see what new opportunities arise from the launch of the site.”

 

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MetalTech-USA is expanding their independent sales force via the placement of additional reps throughout the country. By identifying key territories within the North American market in which the demand for sustainable, unique cladding material is rising, MetalTech is able to better serve the design community with local representatives.

Matt Galloro, of SDG Architectural Sales, has been named MetalTech-USA’s local representative in Southern California. With 20 years of commercial and custom home building in his pocket and another 15 years of experience within the architectural sales side of this industry, Galloro has a very unique perspective on sales and working with clients to bring their visions to life. Because of his diverse experience, he is able to address and understand any concern or question that may arise during a project.
“I’m excited to explore new projects and applications as well as work with the creative clients already working with MetalTech-USA,” says Galloro.

SDG Architectural Sales has two showrooms located in Gardena and San Diego, California. These showrooms offer a display of architectural products in a realistic demonstration.

“Matt is going to be a great addition to our team down in Southern California,” says Brandon Henry, Sales Manager of MetalTech-USA. “With SDG’s showrooms in two California locations, architects and designers are able to go in and experience a finished product in application.”

 

The Seacoast region of New Hampshire is in the wake of an artistic and cultural spring due to the recent opening of 3SArtspace (3S), a non-profit venue in Portsmouth. 3SArtspace is a 10,000 square foot multipurpose building combining three key areas – performance space, gallery, and a restaurant. An adaptive reuse project, McHenry Architecture resurrected the nondescript concrete structure into a warm community gathering place with a raw industrial vibe due in part to weathering steel cladding by MetalTech-USA.

McHenry Architecture was tasked with the mission to completely recycle an underutilized warehouse space into the newly minted cultural institution.

“3SArtspace turned out to be a remarkable project. The weathered steel really transformed the facade and completes the desired look that McHenry Architecture intended for space,” says Michael Love, Senior Project Manager at MetalTech-USA.

Built on the waterfront of Portsmouth’s downtown Historic District, 3S is the first truly contemporary building. The exterior material palette consists of weathering steel cladding in alternating profiles, weathered wood boards, and translucent cladding at entrances. Inspired by the area’s shipbuilding past, the oxidized metal panels are a nod to the scrap metal piles once lining the area’s storefront.

“We were renovating an existing concrete building,” says McHenry Architecture Principal Steve McHenry. “Simple and rustic raw materials seemed appropriate yet visually distinctive.”

McHenry Architecture selected MetalTech-USA’s weathered steel to help achieve the distinctive look they were seeking. Weathered Steel, often referred to as Cor-Ten or A606, is a unique material gaining popularity for its distinctive rust patina. This natural yet stable protective coating acts as a defense against further corrosion. Weathered steel arrives unrusted and develops a rust-like appearance once exposed to the elements for a period of time.
MetalTech-USA was also chosen to fabricate the weathered steel panels for the facade. Roughly 3,300 square feet of sinusoidal corrugated panels and 1,800 square feet of flat panels were fabricated from 22 Gauge and 20 Gauge weathering steel. The panels were through fastened to the plywood underlayment with stainless steel screws and exposed fastener heads. Installation of the metal panels was completed by Industrial Roofing Companies of Lewiston, Maine.

“This was a good project for the community and with the finishes, including the weathering steel, it fits right into the area and looks like it has been there for a while. It is exactly what we envisioned from the get-go.” says David Link, Metal Services Manager at Industrial Roofing Companies.

 

Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) presented Metal Tech USA with the 2016 GLOBE (Georgia Launching Opportunities by Exporting) Award at the annual Go Global Reception on March 8, 2016.
Now in its third year, this annual award recognizes Georgia companies for entering at least one new international market during the previous calendar year. As one of twenty-six companies receiving the award, MetalTech-USA was honored for its expanding exporting efforts.

The GLOBE Award winners represented 15 counties across the state and collectively expanded into 102 new international markets. MetalTech-USA along with the other winners are a vital part of Georgia’s fast-growing small business industry.
In 2015, MetalTech-USA embarked on a new partnership with elZinc, the third largest producer of rolled architectural zinc in the world. As the new distributor for elZinc in North and South America, MetalTech is expected to increase their exports dramatically in 2016.

“The award is a source of great pride to our company, and shows our dedication to excel both locally and internationally,” says Nils Simonsen, President of MetalTech-USA.
MetalTech-USA is proud to be part of Georgia’s exporting initiative and looking to expand exports exponentially in the years to come.

 

Nestled amid the mountain ridges of Colorado, the Gold Run Circle residence stands apart from other mountain homes due to its unique material palette including weathered steel panels fabricated by MetalTech-USA.

Installed by Pinnacle Mountain Homes of Breckenridge, Colorado, the majority of the home’s façade was clad with beetle kill spruce paired with weathered steel panels to achieve a modern, yet rustic look that both the designer and homeowner desired. The 5,800 square foot residence contains 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 4,050 square feet of living space.

Bill Aldridge, the owner of Aldridge Design Services, was tasked as the lead designer for the residence. In terms of the façade, Aldridge was to provide a design that allowed the home to blend in with nearby mountain residences while also portraying unique qualities. This was accomplished through the building form and use of materials.

The weathering steel was chosen not only for the intrinsic beauty provided in all seasons but also its durability in extreme climates. “I knew [the metal panels] could protect against the harsh climate that is the Colorado Mountains, without any need for maintenance or refinishing and the patina it’s receiving from the climate is only increasing its beauty,” says Aldridge.

Gold Run residence is clad in 900 square feet of MetalTech-USA’s 22 Gauge Weathering Steel Flatlock Panels. The 18”x24” Rectangular Flatlocks form a grid-like pattern covering the facade of the office and along the base of the home.

 

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MetalTech-USA continues to add to their independent, outside sales team with the addition of Jim Kane, owner of Affinity Concepts, LLC, as a sales representative. Based out of Clearwater, Florida, Kane will be representing the state of Florida for existing and potential clients in the area.

Established in July 2009, Affinity Concepts, a manufacturer representative for architectural products, was developed as a new venture, inspired by Kane’s 15-year business history. Drawing from his comprehensive knowledge of manufacturing processes and material applications of the building industry, becoming a manufacturers’ representative was a natural progression for Kane.

“I am very excited to have Jim on board. His experience with rainscreen façade systems will compliment MetalTech-USA’s system ingenuity. In order to provide façade solutions, you need someone, like Jim, that understands building techniques and methods,” says Brandon Henry, Sales Manager of MetalTech-USA. “Jim will be a strong asset for us in Florida to help guide architects and designers in the initial design phase.”

Affinity Concepts promotes products in existing markets to architects, designers, fabricators, and installers providing product knowledge, comprehensive support, and service. Focusing on two primary segments—ornamental metals and building façade cladding systems, Affinity Concepts has been recognized as a resource for cladding materials and rainscreen cladding applications.

“I look forward to working with the design community to convey the unique capabilities of MetalTech-USA,” says Kane. “They are truly a solution based supplier in the solid metal panel discipline. MetalTech-USA’s approach to customer service carries full staff support and even offers BIM content for all of their products. There are some really exciting opportunities for designers to work with these sustainable products and a first class product supplier like MetalTech-USA.”

With the addition of Kane, MetalTech-USA has a total of 10 independent, outside sales representatives covering vast areas of the United States as well as Mexico. This team helps streamline the design process and provides the best solutions to even the most complex designs. From conception to completion, MetalTech-USA offers services to support every stage of a project which includes design assist, architectural support, shop drawings, engineering, installation training, and product rendering.

MetalTech-USA is the premier distributor and specialty fabricator of eco-friendly architectural metals specializing in roofing, facade, and soffit cladding systems. For more information, visit www.metaltech-usa.com, or call 770-486-8825.

 

An antiquated business complex in Windsor, Connecticut has been reimagined into the new CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, a state-of-the-art Magnet School, with the help of MetalTech-USA’s zinc panels. Opened in September 2015, this new facility houses 735 students Grades 6-12 in an impressive 150,197 square feet. The old structure was stripped to its steel frame and retrofitted to be as visionary as the school itself.

Friar Associates of Farmington, Connecticut drew from Connecticut’s history steeped in aeronautics and aviation for the school’s thematic design. The exterior features a material palette inspired by the Hubble Telescope’s deep space photo of the Lagoon Nebula as well as a contemporary “airfoil” form to emphasize the middle school façade. Zinc was chosen to clad the façade of this unique structure.

“The look of zinc best represented the look of an airplane wing while being aesthetically pleasing at the same time,” says Friar Associates Senior Project Manager Bryce Sens. “Additionally, the gray color of the zinc fit perfectly into the exterior color scheme of the building which consists of both black and white phenolic rain screen panels on opposing sides of the structure.”
MetalTech-USA was selected to fabricate the 22 GA (.8mm) pre-weathered zinc cladding. The original design called for a zinc Standing Seam system to be applied to the wing. “The curvature and conical shape of the structure made it difficult to continue the straight line orientation of the Standing Seam Panels on the upper roof area,” cites MetalTech-USA Senior Project Manager Michael Love.

To best accommodate the architecture, Friar Associates made the decision to install MetalTech-USA Flatlock Panels as well. In total, 5,200 square feet of Double Lock Standing Seam and 3,900 square of Flatlocks were used. The Flatlock Panels were installed diagonally to better conform to the curvature of the lower roof.
“The fact that tiles actually ‘corkscrew’ around the wing is a natural reaction of the material to the complex geometry of the wing,” says Sens.

“Friar Associates is extremely proud of the final outcome of this project. We transformed what used to be an ordinary office building into what we would consider a habitable work of art that teaches and informs the occupants of the building (MS and HS students) aeronautic concepts via Architecture and Engineering.”
The installing contractor on this project was Silktown Roofing of Manchester, Connecticut.
MetalTech-USA is the premier distributor and specialty fabricator of eco-friendly architectural metals specializing in roofing, facade, and soffit cladding systems. For more information, visit www.metaltech-usa.com, or call 770-486-8825.