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PRESS RELEASE: MCA's Warehouse Case Studies Are Building a Strong Case for Insulated Metal Panels

   Author: Jennifer Smith
Location: Chicago, IL

May 8, 2019 - Chicago, IL - Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) are proving to be the ultimate solution for warehouse construction. Fast installation, long spanning, high insulated values to meet local codes are just a few of the advantages.

IMPs are lightweight composite exterior wall and roof panels with metal skins and an insulating foam core. These panels have superior insulating properties. Their outstanding spanning capabilities and one-pass installation makes them quick to install, saving costs compared to other wall assemblies. IMPs range in thicknesses from 2" to 6" with various colors, widths, profiles and finishes, enabling a wide array of aesthetics for walls and roofs.

A Warehouse That's "Wonderful" In More Ways Than One

The Wonderful Company grows, packages and ships its Halo brand of Clementine mandarins worldwide. Their Delano warehouse, constructed in the heart of California's citrus belt in the San Joaquin Valley, offered a fun opportunity to extend the company's popular brand.

The panels needed to be smooth and appear seamless to render the building with the same shape, coloring and logos as the product's unique in-store cardboard packaging. Flat (FL40)

Architectural Wall Panels from All Weather Insulated Panels (AWIP) were the ideal choice to create the aesthetic effect while helping to insulate the citrus against the Valley's triple-digit summer temperatures. AWIP's IMPs provided outstanding spanning capabilities, rigidity and ease of construction. They cover 35,000 square feet of the warehouse, which now is considered one of the largest branding expressions on a building in California. As cars pass by on Highway 99, the building looks as if a friendly giant had left a box of Halos behind.

IMPs Empower New York Power Authority

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) had released a plan detailing the company's commitment to sustainability in all aspects of their business. Honoring this policy, the goal was to construct their new Niagara Warehouse and Office Complex to LEEDŽ Gold Standard.

The 58,000-square-foot, $23.5 million facility needed to store materials, supplies and equipment in support of the project's 2,441-megawatt hydroelectric operation. CENTRIA's SRS roof panels, Formawall insulated metal panels, MetalWrap Series backup panels, Formavue 200 windows, and Construction Specialties Louvers and Sunshades were used to meet the demand.

The result? An energy-efficient building that can endure frequent precipitation and a wide variety of temperatures because of its proximity to Niagara Falls.

Wine Gone Green

Premium Wine Storage needed to expand its operations in Sonoma Valley to include a new 20,000 square foot bulk wine storage facility. To successfully and legally store wine, no humidity or sunlight was acceptable. Kingspan's KingZip standing seam roof panels combined with 300 Series Azteco insulated wall panels created an integrated building envelope to meet the requirements as well as California's green building codes and carbon emissions standards.

The Kingspan panel systems provided a high degree of design flexibility to help create a facility with a high level of aesthetics. Kingspan IMPs simplified installation as a single component system increased build speed, minimized construction delays and required fewer trades. These advantages can reduce installation times by up to 50% compared to traditional multi-part systems.

"IMPs provide multiple advantages for metal warehouse construction," says Jeff Irwin, Executive Director of MCA's Insulated Metal Panel Founders Group. " It's exciting to see MCA's IMP manufacturers working closely with builders and architects to meet functional and environmental demands while creating aesthetically beautiful warehouses in the process."

About the Metal Construction Association

The Metal Construction Association brings together a diverse industry for the purpose of expanding the use of metal in construction through marketing, research, technology and education. Companies involved in MCA gain tremendous benefit from association activities that focus on research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. MCA's market development efforts increase the use of metal materials in construction through the education of the building and design communities about the benefits of metal. For more information visit:

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