The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has recognized North America's most outstanding metal construction projects of 2019. This year's judging panel of distinguished architects included James Theimer, Principal Architect, Trilogy Architecture; Mark Roddy, Lecturer in the Department of Design, California State University, Sacramento; and Erik Mehlman, Partner and Design Lead at BuildSense | Architecture + Construction.

The Chairman's Awards go to the most exceptional buildings involving MCA member companies. The criteria include overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal, and the role of metal in achieving project objectives.

Winners in six categories were announced at MCA's Winter Meeting Awards Dinner in Palm Springs, Calif. on January 14t.


Overall Excellence and Commercial/Industrial: Great Northern Way Pavilion - Vancouver, BC

Building Owner: PCI / Lowtide

MCA Member Manufacturer: 3A Composites

Installer: Keith Panel Systems Co. Ltd.

Architect: Perkins + Will

Contractor: Ledcor


Education - Colleges & Universities:  The University of Texas at Dallas Engineering & Computer Science West  - Richardson, TX

Building Owner: The University of Texas at Dallas

MCA Member Manufacturer: PAC-CLAD

Other Manufacturers: Kovach Building Enclosures (also Installer), Ohio Gratings

Architect:  SmithGroup
Contractor: The Beck Group


Institutional:  Menil Drawing Institute - Houston, TX

Building Owner: The Menil Foundation
MCA Member Company: PPG Industries

Architect: Johnston Marklee

Contractor: Gilbane Building Company


Municipal:  New Calgary Central Library - Calgary Alberta Canada

Building Owner: Calgary Public Library

MCA Member Manufacturer: PPG Industries, Inc.

Other Manufacturers: APEL Extrusions Limited, Hydro Portland

Installer: Ferguson Corp.

Architect: Snohetta/DIALOG

Contractor: Stuart Olson


Roofing: Steeple Square - Dubuque, IA

Building Owner: Steeple Square
MCA Member Manufacturer: Chicago Metal Supply and Fabrication, Inc.

Installer: Durable Restoration

Architect: Jeffrey Morton Associates

Contractor: Gronen Restoration


Residential:  Keller Court Commons - Petaluma, CA

Building Owner: Jim Soules

MCA Member Manufacturer: Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation

MCA Member Accessories: S-5!

Installers: Spaulding Metals, Crandall Roofing

Architect: Chris Lynch of MAD Architecture

Contractor: Mike Jacobs of Jacobs Classic Construction



Award recipients are chosen from projects submitted by MCA members to Metal Architecture magazine’s annual Design Awards Program. The ingenuity and innovation evidenced in this year's entries inspired a great deal of passion, enthusiasm and debate among the judges. Theimer summed up the selection process simply by saying, "I totally enjoyed this."