MetalTech-USA Adds New Representative in Southern California

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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.”

 

Weathered Steel Panels Edge Out New Portsmouth Arts Center

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.

 

MetalTech-USA Honored as 2016 GLOBE Award Recipient

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.

 

MetalTech-USA Weathered Steel Flatlock Panels Clad Unique Mountain Retreat

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.

 

MetalTech-USA Expands Outside Sales Team with New Florida Rep

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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.

 

MetalTech-USA Zinc Panels Make CREC Academy Transformation Take Flight

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.

 

MetalTech-USA Introduces Strata Panels…A New Dimension in Design

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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

 

MetalTech-USA Screen Wall Accents New Long Island City Residential

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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.

 

MetalTech-USA Names New Representative in Key Territory

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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.

 

MetalTech-USA Zinc Flatlock Panels Complement San Francisco Park Renovation

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.”