ATAS project wins AIA-SI award

The American Institute of Architects—Southern Illinois Chapter awarded a recent ATAS International, Inc. project with a Design Citation award. The Plumbers & Pipefitter Union Local 101 in Bellville, Ill., won in the commercial category, under $3 million. According to jurors, the project won for its use of materials, creative use of a metal building, functional space and colorful design. The headquarters and training facility features Rigid Wall (MFR160) and prefabricated mitered corners from ATAS.

ATASDesigned by EWR Associates Inc., Fairview Heights, Ill., the 18,720-square-foot facility includes staff offices, a meeting room that accommodates more than 500 people, and a training center with classroom space and a shop area that has state-of-the-art equipment and technologies. This facility replaces a bungalow-style headquarters built in the 1940s. Not only does the new headquarters provide more space, but training opportunities were incorporated into every facet of the building. For instance, the mechanical, plumbing and fire protection systems were designed to allow classes to gather around them.

According to Steven Downen, AIA, LEED AP, with EWR Associates, the union wanted to use a metal building system, but no one wanted the headquarters to look like every other basic building in the industrial park. Rigid Wall was selected to help create a powerful visual impact by contrasting other building façade materials and adding texture. Rigid Wall is a structural wall panel with ribs that create dramatic shadow lines. “The large horizontal ribs meet at the outside corner in a mitered configuration, giving the building a solid and strong appearance,” Downen added.

The 22-gauge steel panels have a Silversmith color, and about 3,900 square feet was used. Rigid Wall was installed by Industrial Sheet Metal Erector, St. Charles, Mo., and distributed by American Metals, Fenton, Mo.

“EWR Associates and the union should be commended on recognizing the far-reaching design capabilities of metal and using the material to its potential,” said Dick Bus, president of ATAS. “Rigid Wall is one of our most popular profiles because of its shadow lines and strong visuals, as seen in this project.”

AIA-SI holds a biennial banquet recognizing award-winning projects submitted by its 95 architect members. Projects must have been completed within the past two years, and categories include single-family residence, multifamily residence, educational, commercial, historic preservation and un-built projects.
Founded in 1963, ATAS International, Inc., a leading manufacturer of metal roofing, wall and ceiling panels, produces systems for commercial and residential buildings. The ATAS product line offers more than 20 profiles available in aluminum, steel, zinc and copper. These profiles include: standing and batten seams; corrugated; curved; tapered; shingles; tiles; shakes; and narrow or wide ribbed panels with hidden or exposed fasteners. Rainware, crown moulding and perimeter edge trim are also available with the same finish to match or accent a roofing or wall system. ATAS offers energy efficient building envelope technology, such as cool roofing products that are Energy star qualified and InSpire, the transpired solar collector, which utilizes precision perforated metal panels to preheat ventilation air via solar energy. ATA-Solar, a building integrated photovoltaic product complements ATAS’ sustainable product offerings. Profiles are coated with a Kynar 500® PVDF or Hylar 5000 PVDF finish in 30 standard colors. ATAS has four manufacturing facilities in the United States: two facilities, including the headquarters, in Allentown, Pa.; one in Maryville, Tenn.; and one in Mesa, Ariz. All ATAS locations are certified to ISO 9001:2008 with design.

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