Credits: 1 AIA LU/Elective; 1 AIBD P-CE; 0.1 IACET CEU
May qualify for learning hours through most Canadian architectural associations
This webinar is part of the Metal Architecture Academy
Metal Composite Materials (MCM) are composed of “skins” on the exterior that cover a core. Skins often have finishes that enhance the appearance of the façade. When specifying MCM, thickness of the skins is an important consideration because it provides protection while still offering aesthetic appeal. This webinar will discuss MCM manufacturing and, in particular, the common variety of metals that provide skins. It will look at how variations in metal, thickness and finish work together as a whole performance system to provide visual appeal, wind loading transfer and fire performance. It will also focus on the variety of finishes available for MCM materials and cost savings involved. The presentation will be followed by a moderated discussion.
Andrew Weigand, AIA, NCARB, Principle at Gluckman Tang Architects will present Gluckman Tang’s recent project for a Private Foundation Museum & Headquarters in Fort Worth, TX, an 85,000 SF building that includes two levels of museum space and three levels of administration space. The presentation will include an overview of the project’s context, design goals, and concept, and then proceed to an in-depth examination of the façade design process, focused on the project’s signature element, perforated aluminum panels that form a second “skin” that provides shade, texture, and a unique identity for the building.
Chandra Robinson, a Principal at LEVER Architecture, will present Meyer Memorial Trust a new LEED Platinum campus for a foundation that invests in change at the systemic level to ease inequities and disparities. The project leveraged an equity-centered design approach that impacted every choice from team composition to material sourcing to create opportunity for BIPOC and women-owned businesses. Working in close collaboration with a local fabricator, the team transformed ordinary sheet metal into a distinctive façade that appears custom. This innovative and economical approach makes unique metal facades more accessible to a great range of project types and budgets.
Tom Seitz serves as the Executive Director of the MCM Alliance at the Metal Construction Association (MCA). Tom will discuss MCM manufacturing and, the common variety of metals that provide skins. It will look at how variations in metal, thickness and finish work together as a whole performance system to provide visual appeal, wind loading transfer and fire performance.
- Describe what Metal Composite Materials (MCM) are and how they are manufactured.
- Discuss the qualities of skins that inform successful skin selection.
- List types of finishes for MCM products.
- Explain how the elements of skins and finishes work together as a whole performance and aesthetic system.