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.



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.



PictureLong, sleek panels of exquisite blue-grey zinc line the exterior façades of several, newly-completed Turner Industries complexes – four to be exact – located Baton Rouge, LA, Corpus Christie, TX, and Pasadena, TX. And for any visitor, it’s the first thing noticed when approaching any of the sites.

In Pasadena, TX, the 24,000 square foot addition to the already 75,000 square feet site was much more than an aesthetic conversation and exterior design whim – as was the same for the sites in Baton Rouge and Corpus Christi. These four new facilities correspond with the 50-year celebration of Turner Industries supplying industrial complexes throughout the surrounding Gulf Coast region with construction materials. And in order to honor their 50-year history and position in the long-standing industrial community, they called upon MetalTech-USA to supply and fabricate the architectural applications and metals for the renovation and additions to each site.

Turner Industries enlisted the products and services of MetalTech-USA because they wanted to present a signified, resemblance throughout each complex. “All four personnel buildings required identical design themes using almost exactly the same materials and finishes,” said MetalTech-USA Vice President of Design, Eric Simonsen, “so the task of widespread uniformity made these projects incredibly unique and the finished projects incredibly rewarding.”

So, how did MetalTech-USA provide such uniformity between all four sites? By using hundreds of thousands square feet of Rheinzink horizontal reveal wall panels containing a blue-grey finish all distributed and fabricated at MetalTech-USA in Peachtree City, GA. These reveal panels provide a wealth of design possibilities, with its choice of panel widths 8-12 in. and its variable joints widths 0-1 in. With the combined flexibility of the laying directions (horizontal, vertical, diagonal), the reveal panel offers the architect an exceptional amount of freedom in implementing design ideas – and Trahan Architects, the architectural firm that designed all four Turner Industries sites, couldn’t agree more.

All completed facilities will be eligible for Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification because of EcoChoice™, MetalTech-USA’s environmentally friendly building materials option and commitment to raising the standards of environmental consciousness in the construction field.

“We were very pleased to work with Trahan Architects from start to finish of all four complexes for Turner Industries,” said VP Eric Simonsen, “and look forward to assisting architects around the world with their special needs, ideas, and visions for design.”

For more information on changing your next idea into a sustainable reality, contact MetalTech-USA via phone at 770-486-8825, email at info@metaltech-usa.com, or visit their website at www.metaltech-usa.com.



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.

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.


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PictureCompleted in May 2013, the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College has a new hub for student life: Mariposa Hall. Services, gathering areas and a place where students can get the answers they need to insure their success is just a few of the amenities Mariposa Hall offers.

The design itself incorporates RHEINZINK prePATINA Blue Gray flatsheets and interlocking reveal panels. The design specifications required perforations measuring 5mm holes at 7mm on center staggered and 5mm holes at 8mm on center staggered. MetalTech-USA was able to meet the design objectives for the multiple locations via our versatile panel systems and high levels of customization.








Project: Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Industry: Education
Project Type: Façade
System: Reveal Panels & Perforated Reveal Panels
Material: RHEINZINK prePATINA Blue Gray Zinc

For more information on changing your next idea into a sustainable reality, contact MetalTech-USA via phone at 770-486-8825, email at info@metaltech-usa.com, or visit their website at www.metaltech-usa.com.


mision bay profile

PictureVenue (Mission Bay Block 3) is the newest mixed use development emerging in San Francisco’s up and coming Mission Bay neighborhood. This $43 million project contains 147 units and sports a dynamic retail frontage incorporating special lighting and outdoor cafes along Fourth Street. The seven-story building features high-level, sustainable interior and exterior finishes. MetalTech-USA was chosen to fabricate elements for this striking structure’s aesthetic yet functional façade.

Along the southwestern exposure of the building, the design firm Seidel Architects envisioned a perforated copper sun screen cantilevered above the terrace. Alexander Seidel intended this 2,100 square foot screen to serve as a unique identifying “marquee” of the building as well as to function as a mechanism to both regulate the strong sun for the residential units facing that direction and provide a buffer against the prevailing breezes for the private balconies situated between the screen and the building.

The screen was to be fully supported by steel tube armature. This created a design challenge for MetalTech-USA VP Eric Simonsen. “The challenge was finding a balance between panel sizes small enough to maintain structural integrity, thus limiting the amount of steel framing required while at the same time meeting the intended purpose.”

Photography by Laura Kudritzki
Copper was originally chosen for the design for its richness and natural patination to complement the design’s overall palette. MetalTech-USA made the recommendation to switch to our Eco Choice™ material Copper Plus for added strength and reduction in weight. A 9”tall by 8’ long typical panel size was settled upon and the installing contractor then created an appropriate mounting solution. This panel sizing choice in conjunction with the material adjustment resulted in the warmth, transparency, and strength desired.

MetalTech-USA’s zinc flatlock panels were also incorporated into the design as an accent material on the vertical elevator core. Rheinzink prePatina Blue Gray Zinc was chosen for the
«natural character of its finish,» cites Seidel, «and the staggered pattern of the shingle placement contrasted well with the smoother materials on the façade.»


This project is pursuing LEED® Silver.

Specialty metal fabrication and engineering: MetalTech-USA

Architect: Seidel Architects and Steinberg Architects

Installer: Bay City Mechanical

MetalTech-USA is a premier distributor and specialty fabricator of EcoChoice™ architectural metals that specializes in roofing, rainwater, soffit and cladding systems. For more information, visit www.metaltech-usa.com, or call 770-486-8825.



Travelers passing through Frisco, Texas will notice some new real estate has sprung up along the Dallas North Tollway. Hall Financial Group, owner of the award-winning 162-acre development in Frisco has finished construction on T1, its 16th building in Hall Office Park.

This 8-story, 204,000 square foot Class AA office building was designed to project a «sophisticated, international aesthetic.» Its striking design was intended to intermingle seamlessly, like another beautiful piece of art, amid HOP’s Texas Sculpture Park, a collection of 40 contemporary works displayed throughout the sprawling campus.
«The building has a minimalist design nature at heart, as it’s wholly about evoking the beauty from simple/natural materials and shapes,» states HKS architectural design team member Dustin Siegrist. Amongst the several million square feet of office space in HOP, T1 «truly pops in an exciting and unexpected way» much of which is due to the material selection, proclaims Siegrist. Rheinzink (1.0mm) pre-patina Blue Gray Zinc Interlocking Reveal Panels were chosen to clad the facade. Zinc was selected for this project for the beautiful patina that develops as it ages, Siegrist notes, «giv[ing] the building skin a deeper and richer connection with nature.» Over 16,000 square feet of Blue Gray Interlocking Reveal Panels, flanked by 10-foot sheets of glass, swathe the facade, banding the building’s massing.


The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has expanded their gaming empire with the addition of the Wind Creek Wetumpka Casino, Alabama’s newest and largest. Completed in December of 2013, this $250 million gaming casino features an 85,000 square foot gaming floor with 2,500 games and an attached 20 story luxury hotel to capitalize on the spectacular views of the nearby Coosa River. MetalTech-USA Flatlock panels were chosen to clad much of the façade of this remarkable facility augmenting the diverse, natural material palette.

As part of a multi-phase development plan, improvements included an expansion to the parking garage structure, a 2,500 position casino, lobby rotunda, food and beverage amenities, and a new entry porte-cochere to support the new casino experience. The on-site positioning of the casino was designed to allow room for further expansion while also “maintain a respectful relationship with the nearby historical archaeological area,” cites Wind Creek Wetumpka Property Manager Cody Williamson. The intended design of the Wind Creek expansion is meant to reflect the concept “shaped through time” via “the prominence of wind, water, and nature in tribal culture,” as well as the significance of the “ribbon dance” as it relates to tribal heritage according to Wind Creek. Wind Creek had these concepts incorporated in the design stating that “the building forms evoke the sense of movement and curve gently, echoing the organic flow of the river below” and the “two distinct volumes that individually represent the flow of wind and water across the site.”



Jackson Laboratory - Zinc FacadeFarmington, Connecticut is stepping into the future of medical research with the newly completed Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. The project is part of the state’s Bioscience Connecticut Initiative meant to jump-start local research and development. Identified as the catalyst to kick-start this initiative, Jax Genomic Medicine has settled into a 16-acre parcel of land adjacent to the University of Connecticut campus, strategically located near some of the country’s top educational institutions and medical facilities. The four-story, 183,500 square-foot medical research facility features 17 “wet” biology labs and 17 “dry,” computer-based labs clustered for collaborative purposes with additional faculty offices, employee amenities, and vast spaces for large group gatherings.

Jackson Laboratory – Zinc Facade
Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Farmington, CT, RHEINZINK prePatina Blue Gray Zinc, Flatlock Facade Panels, photo by Robert Benson photography
Design of this sophisticated research facility was tasked to the team at Centerbrook Architects & Planners in concert with Tsoi Kobus & Associates out of Centerbrook, Connecticut and Cambridge, Massachusetts, respectively. The intention was two-fold, first to design a striking facility and second, to conserve funds for science while remaining sophisticated enough to draw internationally renowned scientists. For the façade of this facility, MetalTech-USA Zinc Panels were a perfect fit.

The building consists of a structural steel frame faced with Canadian limestone, glass, and 14,000 square feet of Zinc 1.0 mm prePatina Gray Zinc panels fabricated by MetalTech-USA. Centerbrook architect Andrew Santaniello cites aesthetics and longevity as being behind the choice of the exterior zinc cladding. Santaniello attests, “The zinc ages well and becomes more beautiful as the building ages. It also was a cost-effective option for metal cladding used on the project.” The Blue Gray hue of the zinc was another critical factor in its specification as Centerbrook favored a varied palette of materials and finishes that would complement each other. “The limestone has blue veining that the Blue Gray of the zinc was able to pick up on,” Santaniello adds. “It also subtly blended with the champagne and pewter colors of the aluminum curtain wall frame.”

The contours of the site provided significant design challenges and influenced the design’s shape to conform to a graceful arc while also allowing room for potential expansion as the lab continues to grow. The connecting joint of the existing facility and the prospective wing is a distinctive oval structure visually wrapping inside, providing continuity and blurring the boundary between inside and out. “Transparency was a big factor in the design of the building, and using the zinc on the interior again helps to create that continuity,” says Steve Palumbo of Tsoi Kobus & Associates.