Award winners were announced by ATAS for their 2020 Project of the Year competition.  Each award recognizes projects in which ATAS products have been incorporated into the design and construction of the building.  Six project categories are included in the competition:  commercial roofs, commercial walls, residential roofs, residential walls, accents, and interiors.  First, second, and third place winners in each category were chosen by an independent panel of judges, comprised of ATAS advisory board members.

The Riverview Branch Library in Riverview, FL received the first-place honors for commercial roofs.  Field-Lok panels in Dove Grey .040 aluminum were used on this project.  The 2” high standing seam panels provided a perfect platform over which solar panels were installed.  The long service life of the metal roof panels will far outlast the life expectancy of the solar panels.  Standing seam metal panels provide a natural platform for attaching crystalline systems without any roof penetrations.  The building was designed by FleischmanGarcia Architecture, and the metal roof panels were installed by Alpha Roofing and Sheet Metal.  The panels were purchased through Beacon Building Products.

For the commercial walls category, the David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago, took first-place.  Custom Versa-Lok and other custom fabricated panels in 1.0 mm Grey Zinc were installed by Tuschall Engineering Company.  The unique building was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.  The general contractor for the project was Turner Construction Company.  Zinc was favored because it is a natural and durable material that is timeless and creates its own patina, which protects the material for a long time.  The vertical zinc panels accentuate the height of this building and were chosen to express the idea of connectivity on the façade.  LEED Gold certification is being targeted for this project, with its sustainable design.

Taking the first-place award in the residential roofs category was the Elysian Beach Resort in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.  CastleTop shingles in .032 aluminum Ascot White were installed by Rooftops Silicone Distributors, Inc.  A hurricane damaged the roof of this resort several years ago, and the composite roof tile was replaced with ATAS’ diamond shaped CastleTop shingles.

For the accents category, the Lot H Parking Garage in Wilmington, DE, took first-place.  Bernardon, the architectural firm on this project, used perforated .040 aluminum Belvedere 7.2” Rib panels in Titanium to create interesting screens on the garage’s facade.  The panels were installed by A & H Metals, Inc.

A private residence in East Hampton, NY won two first-place awards: in the residential walls category and the interiors category.  Slate Grey .032 aluminum Standing Seam Shingles were installed by TRM Enterprises on the exterior and interior of this home.  The house was designed by Bates Masi + Architects, and the panels were purchased through New Castle Building Products.

Jim Bush, VP of Sales and Marketing for ATAS, stated, “We are pleased to recognize all the architects, contractors, and distributors who were involved in the 2020 award-winning projects.  It’s great to see the creative designs and quality craftsmanship incorporated into these buildings.  The use of metal continues to grow, and not only on the building enclosures; we are seeing increased use of metal for interiors as well.  We look forward to this year’s project nominations for the 2021 competition.”.  A video commending the 18 award winners was created, which can be viewed here (  To view the booklet of all the winners and nominated projects – (