The prestigious British School, located near Chicago’s North Side, and a part of the Blackhawk Halsted project (a mixed-use development), features panels from the MeTecno USA-Benchmark Division and Morin Division.
Approximately 45,750 square feet of MeTecno USA-Benchmark Division’s insulated panels were used during the construction of the development. The Designwall 2000 series, from the MeTecno USA-Benchmark Division, features a double-gasket shiplap joint in both horizontal (roof) and vertical (wall) applications to maximize thermal efficiency and create a double barrier against air and water penetration. This is especially significant in the infamous windy city.
“We decided to specifically choose this product because of aesthetics,” says architect David Rasche, from the project’s Chicago-based architectural firm. “The corrugated panel is well suited to be installed along the curved surface and show uniformity. The insulated panel is modular/linear, quick and easy to install, provides adequate R-value as well as the water barrier for the building. Both MeTecno USA products are painted steel so getting the desired color and finish was not a problem.”
Valerio Dewalt and Train, the architectural firm, is based in Chicago as is Structured Development LLC, the developer of the project. Metal installers were All American Exterior Solutions located in Lake Zurich, Ill. The British School building is one of three structures in the development. In addition to the 80,000-square-foot British School building, there is a second commercial building, 146,000-square-foot, also clad in metal and a 547 car parking structure.