Award of Merit

         CENTRIA®, a manufacturer of building envelope wall and roof panels, has received recognition from the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA) for the company’s contributions to the design and construction of the Southwest Airlines® maintenance hangar in Houston, Texas.  The building received the Award of Merit in the Specialty Category from MBCEA, which conducts the annual awards program to recognize the highest quality of metal building system construction. 

         Designers specified more than 100,000 sq.ft. of CENTRIA’s Versawall 1/8” Reveal Panels for the building’s exterior, the company’s high-performance insulated metal wall panels.  In addition to providing superior weather resistance for the structure, Versawall is lightweight and comes in long lengths, giving contractors the ability to install them vertically for greater efficiency.  Available in both vertical and horizontal profiles, Versawall enables architects and building owners to deliver a modern look for buildings such as warehouses, industrial facilities, schools, and shopping centers.  The product’s increased span capability reduces support steel requirements, and a thermal break between the face and liner of the panels saves energy. 

         The Southwest Airlines maintenance hangar opened at the Houston Hobby Airport in January 2020.  The airline’s largest hangar spans nearly 220’ from front to back and can hold six Boeing 737s.  The facility also serves as the base for 400 airline employees that make up the company’s technical operations group.  The hangar was one of only seven buildings to receive an accolade from MBCEA this year.  The organization’s yearly awards program employs an outside panel of judges that review entries based on aesthetics, unusual or interesting features, quality, complexity, and green building elements. 

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