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
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
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.
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."