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MetalTech-USA, a leading distributor, and manufacturer of architectural metal cladding systems are introducing Strata, a new surface texture developed as an attractive and economical option to enhance their line of architectural metal cladding products. Strata consist of breaks, or shallow striations, in the flat surface of the metal running longitudinally. Strata add a layer of visual dimension to a seemingly flat panel by playing with light and shadow. Dependent upon the direction of light, mixing panel orientation and ultimately striation direction can give the façade dynamic, aesthetic appeal. The addition of this surface texture also provides rigidity for the panel allowing for thinner gauges to be used in conjunction with larger panel sizes, thus resulting in cost savings for the customer. Extra rigidity also eliminates the potential for oil canning, an aesthetic issue in thin gauge sheet metal applications.

Strata is suited to be applied to MetalTech-USA Standing Seam, Reveal, and Flatlock Panel Systems. Strata can be used in façade and roofing applications, soffit, ceiling tiles, and interior/exterior

 

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Far from the soaring glass towers of the waterfront, the heart of Long Island City is experiencing a surge in residential development and on track to double in size. One such development, 46-09 11th Street Apartments, is drawing the area’s population farther inland. Standing 6 stories, this 65,000 sq. ft. the development boasts 59 rental units primed for habitation by young professionals and artists flocking to this trendy area.

Designed by New York City’s GF55 Partners, 46-09 11th St. sports a brick frontage designed as a contemporary response to the many small scaled LIC manufacturing brick buildings. The 200 ft. block long façade is bisected by a perforated aluminum screen wall, engineered and fabricated by MetalTech-USA of Peachtree City, GA.

“The metal panels were used as a way to help break up the block-long façade and to help break down the scale of the façade,” says Leonard Fusco of GF55 Partners. “It was a perfect juxtaposition of materials. Metal/brick: light vs. heavy.”

The addition of the metal panel screen wall helps create an identity for the building due to the unique material character and serves as a visual element to identify the entranceway. The perforated panels are back-lit with LED lights allowing it to still be a prominent feature even at night.

 

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MetalTech-USA, a leading distributor, and manufacturer of architectural metal cladding systems is pleased to announce the placement of a new sales representative in Texas. Victor Yakin, founder of Architectural Products Consulting and Sales, LLC will be representing the territory of eastern Texas.

During the course of Yakin’s 20-year career in the construction industry, he’s developed an extensive network of contacts with other industry professionals. Drawing from his years of experience, Yakin launched APCS with a simple philosophy: Offer world-class products, systems, and service to American architects, engineers, and contractors, with the ease of doing business with a local firm that understands our industry’s challenges and opportunities.

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Victor Yakin, founder of Architectural Products Consulting & Sales
“With the addition of an industry expert like Yakin, MetalTech is excited to continue broadening our reach while serving the needs of our customers through top sales personnel,” says Brandon Henry, Sales Manager of MetalTech-USA. “What Yakin brings to the team is like no other and definitely fulfills one of MetalTech-USA’s philosophies of being a customer-driven company.”

Driven to solving the most challenging design and construction visions for clients, Yakin and his company are ready to direct architects, engineers, and contractors to proven manufacturers, like MetalTech-USA.

“I look forward to leveraging my reputation and access to our extensive network of designers and contractors, to promote, specify, and sell MetalTech’s wide selection of metal panels and unique finishes,” says Yakin. “To effectively cover the major metro areas of Texas, we strive to keep all stakeholders informed and serviced, combining face-to-face visits and presentations with regular email communication and social media updates.”

MetalTech-USA is confident that Yakin’s extensive experience together with his proactive approach to customer service will strengthen our relationships in order to best serve the building and design community in Eastern Texas.

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

 

The close of 2014 welcomed the grand opening of the latest iteration of Boeddeker Park, nestled in the heart of the Tenderloin, a 20 block triangle of downtown San Francisco. Originally configured in 1985, this one-acre urban oasis serves as a haven for the district’s more than 20,000 residents, specifically children, and seniors. The park now boasts an open layout with a state-of-the-art playground, recreation courts, and a 4,000 square foot clubhouse clad in MetalTech-USA zinc Flatlock panels.

San Francisco’s Trust for Public Land in conjunction with the Recreation and Parks Departments teamed with WRNS Studio to reimagine the park and clubhouse to address the needs of the community.

“The clubhouse was conceived as an inviting living room for the neighborhood,” says WRNS Studio. “Its geometries are derived from integration with the park and a respectful contrast to the surrounding neighborhood fabric.”

Preweathered zinc was specified to clad the clubhouse exterior façade and portions of the roof. MetalTech-USA was chosen to fabricate the zinc Flatlock Tile system. In total, 4,500 square feet of Flatlock Tiles were required to sheathe the L-shaped clubhouse.

“In addition to their durability and easy maintenance, the [zinc] panels were chosen to enhance the building’s aesthetic and the delightful contrast within its urban setting,” notes WRNS Studio on the selection of zinc for the building exterior.

The design by WRNS called for the Flatlock panels to transition in an uninterrupted manner from the façade to the roof. A majority of the cladding was able to be prefabricated by MetalTech-USA. However, the panels for the unique façade to roof transition were prepped at the MetalTech-USA facility and then field cut and formed on-site to fit by project installer Pioneer Contractors, LLC.

“Open communication with the installer on panel orientation and panel count was critical to ensure proper fabrication of the system, “says MetalTech-USA Project Manager Josh Spence. “Pioneer Contracting did a great job to keep the overall design while enhancing the ease of installation. We are very pleased with the results.”

 

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MetalTech-USA, a fabricator, and distributor of architectural metal products and systems, is pleased to announce that Dan Sutton has joined the independent, outside sales team in the USA. Sutton is based out of Omaha, Nebraska and is the point of contact for existing and potential clients for the areas of Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas City.

Sutton is the president of SNB Building Solutions which offers the highest quality and best performing solutions to architectural façade and fenestration needs. With over 30 years of knowledge of the construction industry, SNB Building Solutions brings a variety of perspectives and answers for unique solutions to the most uncommon goals.

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Dan Sutton of SNB Building Solutions
“Sutton will bring great enthusiasm and experience in the construction industry to his role as the sales representative,” says Brandon Henry, Sales Manager of MetalTech-USA. “With Sutton on board, we are confident that he will be a great asset to the team and vital in growing the MetalTech brand in his territory.”

Focused on working with architects, builders, and designers, Sutton’s approach in joining MetalTech’s team is offering distinctive solutions to many architectural design concepts.

“Our clients and partners rely on us as a resource for design development, specification procurement, and a cost-effective approach to exceed expectations,” says Sutton.

With Sutton’s experience and innovative resources, MetalTech-USA will establish a stronger presence in the Midwestern architectural community.

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

 

 

Owensboro-Daviess Convention Center, a multi-purpose facility, brings Western Kentucky a new and premier meeting space in Owensboro, Daviess County. Completed in early 2014, the Convention Center project utilized an exterior anodized aluminum panel rainscreen system engineered and fabricated by MetalTech-USA with Class I anodized aluminum finish from Lorin Industries.

Situated on the banks of the Ohio River, the new convention center rises three stories and spans 177,000 sq. ft. This spacious facility meets all the typical functionality requirements of contemporary convention centers notably 40,000 sf of exhibition space, nearly 30,000 sf of meeting space and extensive public lobbies, as well as service and support facilities. Most importantly it will also serve as a significant economic development tool and an architectural centerpiece of the downtown master redevelopment plan.

“Lorin Industries is proud to have played a role in the project collaboration involving the design of the Owensboro, Kentucky Convention Center,” says Steven Soderberg, Corporate Marketing and Sales Manager of Lorin Industries. “This project was conceived by the design team and architects at Trahan Architects and through the collaboration of Trahan Architects, Lorin Industries, MetalTech-USA and F.L Crane, the results were absolutely stunning.”

Early 1800s tobacco barns found throughout the Kentucky region inspired Trahan’s design on the building’s exterior. To achieve this look, Trahan juxtaposed MetalTech-USA’s reveal panel system with Lorin Industries BlackMatt ColorIn® Long Line Brushed finish on the building’s exterior with ClearMatt® Long Line Brushed finish on the soffits and inward facing exterior walls. This combination created the dramatic effect they wanted to accomplish.

 

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MetalTech-USA is proud to announce their new partnership with elZinc, the third largest producer of rolled zinc worldwide.
elZinc is the commercial trade name of Asturiana de Laminados, located in Asturias, Spain. This budding partnership will allow MetalTech to become a leading distributor of elZinc products nationwide bringing their customers the latest in zinc coil, sheet, and finished architectural products.

“A significant advantage of partnering with elZinc is the availability of color options and the agility of their mill to consistently develop their product range to keep pace with a market that’s always in flux,” says Nils Simonsen, President of MetalTech-USA. “elZinc is a privately held company that’s nimble enough to assist in creating a change in our market but large enough with the resources in advanced technology to grow our market.”

As a company, elZinc prides itself in their policy of quality, respect for the environment and their continuous research, development, and innovation. Together with the use of the best technologies available in the market, elZinc offers products which more than comply with quality requirements outlined in the EN988 standard as well as ASTM B69-13, the standard specification for rolled zinc. With over 98% of elZinc sales already stemming from international markets, there is untapped potential to be captured in the Americas.
“[Our goal for elZinc is to] position ourselves, in the next 3 to 5 years as the number one architectural zinc company in the USA and in Latin America,” says Macario Fernandez Fernandez, elZinc President.
Whether natural or pre-weathered, zinc is a material highly valued by architects and professional roofers. It allows great freedom in terms of aesthetics and architecture and is perfectly suitable for all types of construction both in classical and modern architecture.

 

An old church dome in Orange, Texas returned to its former glory and got new life as The Center of Stark Cultural Venues, thanks in part to MetalTech-USA, a premier distributor and specialty fabricator of eco-friendly architectural metals.

Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, a private operating foundation to encourage and assist education and to improve and enrich the quality of life in Southeast Texas, purchased the old church to be the central location of all Stark Cultural Venues, in May 2013.

The historic dome became an Orange landmark when erected in 1914 as the worship center for First Baptist Church, originally constructed as a brick building with a 35-foot dome comprised of wooden shingles. Over the past 100 years, the dome underwent several renovations to prevent corrosion and aid in waterproofing but these efforts did not permanently address the issues.

“In the 1960’s the dome was clad with metal,” said Gus Harris, Chief Properties Officer of Stark Foundation. “This served the church well but eventually began to leak, primarily due to inappropriate flashing and caulking near the bottom.”

The aluminum clad dome suffered major damage to the exterior over time from several severe storms and hurricanes including Hurricane Rita in2005 and Ike in2008, thus, causing it to leak and creating water damage to the interior. The plans to renovate were to render the structure watertight as well as changing the existing appearance of the dome to resemble the original 1914 design.

 

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MetalTech-USA, a premier distributor and fabricator of architectural metal products and systems, announces the addition of Don Nygard to the team of independent outside sales representatives.

Nygard joins MetalTech from Metal eXperts, Inc., a company he started in late 2001 serving the western mountain region. As a representative for MetalTech, Nygard will be covering all of the Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico territories.

A graduate of the University of North Dakota, Nygard has more than 30 years of experience in the metal panel business and has accumulated a wealth of knowledge in this arena. Before starting his own company, Nygard held top sales and management positions in a number of the industry’s prominent manufacturing companies, such as H.H. Robertson, a Fortune 500 company. As a representative for MetalTech-USA, Don Nygard will draw on his expertise in roofing and wall systems to familiarize his local design community with MetalTech’s unique capabilities and strengths.