Architectural Metal Wall Panels


Norton Children’s Medical Center, located in Louisville, Kentucky, is a unique regional facility designed “Just for Kids”. Home to a 24/7 pediatric emergency room and outpatient surgical service, the facility serves an important function in the community. Catering to kids, they wanted the center to feel bright and playful, both inside and out.

Using 8,000 square feet of aluminum panels painted in Berkshire Blue, they were able to add an eye-cathcing and cheerful element to the exterior of the building. Utilizing color matched extrusions to trim around windows and doors, they also optimized the efficiency by having only one panel size, which could be cut to fit in the field.   

40,000 square feet of .080” aluminum wall panels have helped turn the 1700 South Patterson Building on the University of Dayton’s River Campus into a stunning academic and research building.

The 455,000-square-foot building, located on 115 acres, was built in the 1970s and clad in terra cotta tiles. After so many years of sunlight and water exposure, the tiles started showing their age and some tiles were failing and falling off the building. This really was a safety issue. This was an occupied building with tiles potentially falling five stories to the sidewalk below. The university and construction team proactively reviewed material options to eliminate any safety concerns and ultimately chose our aluminum metal panel system, painted in several tones to play off the existing tile.

The Beth Tfiloh Lower School in Baltimore was moving from an attractive off-site location to the main campus and wanted its new building to be fun and inviting for the students.  

Approximately 8,500 square feet. of aluminum wall panels finished in three complementary colors and installed in a checkerboard pattern helped to achieve the desired effect.  The .080” gauge panels were finished in fluoropolymer finishes of Colonial Red, Burgundy and Mansard Brown.

“The challenge was that they had a pretty good-looking facility at the off-campus location so we needed to make this new building as good or better,” said Michael Poness, AIA, design principal, WMCRP Architects, Landover, MD.  “We wanted a high caliber of architectural design and function—so that led to looking at the materials pretty carefully.”

According to Poness, the director of the school said, “The best way to describe this new building is ‘wow’.”

Built using a combination of new construction as well extensive renovation and re-use of a historic building, Carleton College’s new Weitz Center for Creativity spurs the Carleton community toward innovative work and encourages creativity. Located on the Northfield, MN campus, the Weitz Center became the third building at Carleton College to be certified as LEED Gold.

Approximately 11,000 square feet of .080” aluminum panels finished in a Charcoal Gray fluoropolymer finish was used to clad the new construction portion of the project which linked with a historic middle school complex that had adjoining buildings from three different eras.

Design for the project was provided by Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle LTD (MSR), Minneapolis.  The firm is known for its renovation and adaptive re-use work.

Utilizing over 2,000 square feet of .080” aluminum metal wall panels in both white and a custom matched Harley Davidson orange, the Motor City Harley Davidson is a true eye-catcher for potential customers driving by.

Looking for an efficient way to create a modern façade, the owner and architect chose to use a clean design of standard sizes and accents of bright orange, which would also highlight the entrance.  Our ability to match nearly any color was key in making sure the orange panels seamlessly fit with the Harley Davidson theme.

The owners of Micron in Grand Rapids, MI were looking for a façade which would convey a clean, high tech look, while staying within their budget. Utilizing nearly 4,000 square feet of .080” aluminum panels in a Bone White PVDF finish, along with matching extrusions, they created an impressive façade without breaking the bank.

Equally as important as the initial cost, they needed a system which wouldn’t require any maintenance or cleaning. Our true dry joints mean there are no sealants or gaskets in the system. Therefore, they won’t be spending extra time and money washing their building to keep it looking new.

Rockford Cardiology Associates, Ltd., Rockford, IL, was previously scattered throughout an aging building that offered no potential for the growing practice.  P-G Architecture Design/Build, Rockford, was chosen to assist the physician group with all aspects of internal and external design and construction.

The 53,000 sq. ft. facility is clad with high performance glass and more than 19,000 sq. ft. of PVDF painted aluminum wall panels finished in Silver Mica and Weathered Zinc Mica.

The project was P-G Architecture’s first experience with our metal panel system according to principal-in-charge Rod Gustafson.  “After the basic interior plan was resolved, we looked at various options for the exterior,” Gustafson said. “We did a cost analysis of materials including EIFS, precast, brick, glass and metal.  The metal panel system was extremely cost effective plus it clearly delivered the high-tech look we were seeking to portray the high technology services being offered within.”

Utilizing over 20,000 square feet of painted aluminum panels in a running bond pattern, Missoula College’s River Campus is a beautiful, high-tech learning center in a picturesque setting. The building was designed by StudioFORMA Architects and is certified LEED Gold.

With budget always being a consideration the choice to use a standard sized panel helped to dial in the efficiency of the panels without compromising on quality and longevity. With savings on the majority of the façade, they were able to also incorporate formed corners as a high-end detail.