Protecting the Core of MCMs

How skins and finishes make metal composite materials visually and functionally strong
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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Metal Construction Association
Presented by Andrew Weigand, AIA, NCARB, Chandra Robinson, and Tom Seitz

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe what Metal Composite Materials (MCM) are and how they are manufactured.
  2. Discuss the qualities of skins that inform successful skin selection.
  3. List types of finishes for MCM products.
  4. Explain how the elements of skins and finishes work together as a whole performance and aesthetic system.

Credits:

AIA
1 AIA LU/Elective
IACET
0.1 IACET CEU*
AIBD
1 AIBD P-CE
AAA
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
NSAA
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
 
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

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.

Coccoon House

Photo courtesy of MCA



Andrew

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

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

Tom Seitz, serves as the Executive Director of the MCM Alliance at the Metal Construction Association (MCA). He is responsible for proactively bringing together industry-leading, MCM manufacturers, fabricators, and suppliers to collaborate and promote their technical expertise to architectural, engineering, and building owner markets. He partners with and supports MCM members as they accomplish their goals, make an impact, and drive the industry forward, faster. His goal is to lead the acceleration of MCM panel system market demand with clear and concise education.

 

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. MCA member companies gain tremendous benefit from association activities that focus on research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. www.metalconstruction.org

 

Originally published in August 2021

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