MCM Panel Cladding: Best Practices for Design and Lessons Learned from Failures

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Webinar On-Demand
Provided by Building Enclosure
Presented by John W. Kurpeski, P.E., and Derek B. McCowan

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the pros and cons of Metal Composite Material (MCM) panel cladding.
  2. Describe MCM panel design, fabrication and best practices for use.
  3. Explore the various parties involved in MCM panel cladding projects and their roles.
  4. Discuss exterior wall components, including subframing for MCM panels.


1 AIA LU/Elective
This test is no longer available for credit

Numerous metal panel cladding options exist in today’s market. Metal Composite Material (MCM) panels are one popular option in the United States and in other countries. Is MCM panel the right choice for your or your client’s building cladding needs? The speaker will identify several metal panel cladding options but will highlight MCM panel introductory information, best practice design considerations, and various lessons learned from failure investigations. Information from this presentation is derived from various analyses of problematic systems and decades of our firm’s experience. You will walk away from this webinar with a broad knowledge/understanding of MCM panel cladding design.

Panel Cladding

Photo courtesy of Max Touhey


John Kurpeski, P.E., has been a member of the SGH team for seven years, following his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University. He is experienced in the investigation and restoration of various building enclosure systems, including metal composite material panel cladding, brick and limestone masonry, fiber cement cladding, windows, curtain walls, membrane roofing, metal roofing, etc. John is also experienced in historic restoration, residential construction rehabilitation, commercial repair design, construction administration services and litigation support.


Derek McCowan, P.E., has extensive experience in designing, investigating, and rehabilitating building enclosure systems of contemporary and historic structures, as well as providing construction-phase and performance testing services. He frequently consults on large and complex projects, has experience with fabrication, structural glazing, and LEED-compliant enclosure commissioning, and is an officer of ASTM Committee C24 Building Seals and Sealants.


Building Enclosure
Originally published in April 2020