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Manchester Municipal Complex, Manchester, N.H.

Architects working on new buildings at Manchester Municipal Complex were searching for a metal panel that provided an aesthetic that worked with the mostly brick design.

Architects working on new buildings at Manchester Municipal Complex were searching for a metal panel that provided an aesthetic that worked with the mostly brick design. Chris Drobat, AIA, LEED AP, president of Lavallee Brensinger Architects, the architecture firm for the project, says his firm specified panels from Morin Corp., A Kingspan Group company, for its profile. "The Morin Matrix Series panel has a square edge compared to what other manufacturers offer," he says. "The look of the panel created nice shadow lines. With other panels, we couldn't get that straight contrast. It's got depth, when you get close to it, you can see it's a rich panel. That was the primary driver that led us to Morin."

Drobat says he noticed some other buildings on campus had a corduroy appearance and the MX 1.0 wall panel installed vertically provided that look. "It's a durable panel and with the height of the bends and the metallic finish, it gives the building a refined look," he says.

The MX 1.0 panel, in 22-gauge Galvalume, was installed on the 6,400-square-foot administration building and the 6,250-square-foot police station. The MX 1.0 panel has a depth of 1 1/2 inches and is 12 inches wide. Morin's F-12-S panels were used on both buildings as accent pieces; 150 square feet in 22-gauge Galvalume on the administration building and 600 square feet in 22-gauge Galvalume around the windows on the police station. All the MORIN panels were Silversmith Mica.

Brian Hoey, project manager at Brookside Co. Inc., the installer for the project, says this was the first time his company worked with MORIN panels. "The side joints were similar to other panels we've worked with, so it went together easily," he says.

Architect: Lavallee Brensinger Architects, Manchester

Installer: Brookside Co. Inc., Stow, Mass.

Metal wall panels: Morin Corp., a Kingspan Group company, Bristol, Conn., www.morincorp.com