Building Expansion Outfitted with Metal Roof and Wall Panels

Metal Panels Provide Aesthetic & Protection for Corporate Facility in Colorado

by Christian Nolte, vice president of marketing and sales, Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation

From Architectural West Jul/Aug ’14

More than 65,000 sq.ft. of Metal Sales™ roof and wall panels provide ultimate performance and a sleek look for a corporate airplane hangar facility at Fort Collins-Loveland Airport in Colorado.  The facility was designed to express architecturally its corporate owner’s culture of innovation.  The facility is comprised of three distinct segments:  an existing 15,000 sq.ft. hangar, a new 25,000 sq.ft. hangar, and a new 11,500 sq.ft. office space.  The large sloping roof of the new hangar visually brings the segments together and acts as a transition element between rooflines.

         The new hangar has a clear span of 168′ and provides storage for a fleet of up to six planes.  It is protected by more than 28,000 sq.ft. of 22-gauge, 18” Magna-Loc standing-seam roof panels in ash grey from Metal Sales.  The panel features a concealed fastening system that eliminates the need to penetrate the metal and allows the panel to slide freely for expansion and contraction due to thermal movement.

         The combination of 22-gauge T5 wall panels installed horizontally and TLC-1 wall panels installed vertically continues the new hangar’s modern aesthetic using the colors exquisite mistique plus and ash grey.  The interior walls are clad with 22-gauge TLC-1 wall panels in linen white to complete the cohesive design.

         The connecting three-story office building features TLC-1 soffit panels on the horizontal lower edge of the curved Magna-Loc roof.  The building’s mechanical equipment is concealed with a mechanical screen featuring T5 panels in mistique plus to blend with the structure’s façade.  “Metal gives the building a clean, sleek look,” says Chris Aronson.  “The hangar facility’s design is a fantastic example of what can be achieved with this versatile material.”

         Metal Sales also provided more than 6,500 sq.ft. of customized TL-17 panels in dark bronze for the fascia of the new hangar and office building.  The standard coverage of the TL-17 panel is 12”, but Metal Sales produced custom panels with 10” coverage to allow full panels to be installed for the 30” fascia.  “We know that we can always turn to Metal Sales for quality architectural metal wall and roof panels,” said Chris Herron, sales representative with B & C Steel Corp., which served as the metal building manufacturer.  “We have enjoyed a long relationship with Metal Sales.  Their technical and sales support teams go above and beyond to make sure that each project goes as smoothly as possible.”

         Metal Sales roof and wall panels deliver both beauty and performance to the corporate hangar facility.  They provide superior durability, will endure the temperature variations of the Colorado climate and have a long lifespan.  The panels are also 100% recyclable and contain up to 30% recycled content.  The mistique plus, ash grey, and linen white PVDF (Kynar 500®) colors are ENERGY STAR® listed and come with a 45-year finish warranty.

         “Metal was an ideal choice for the hangar facility,” says Chris Aronson, project manager with Vaught Frye Larson Architects.  “Unlike other cladding materials, it allowed us to economically cover a large amount of space to save time and money.”

         The project team consisted of:  architect Vaught Frye Larson Architects, Fort Collins, Colorado; general contractor Brinkman Construction, Fort Collins, Colorado; and metal installer B & C Steel Corporation, Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

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