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Town and Country Foods, Bozeman, Mont.

Completed in April 2010, metal wall panels gave a fresh new look to the Town and Country Foods complex in Bozeman. The facility, which also houses corporate offices, a lounge, restaurant/bar area, and retail space for Bling Wireless, is outfitted with 9,377 square feet of Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp.'s T6-A wall panels in a bright Antique Patina.

Located in southern Bozeman, the facility stands on the site of a former eight-plex movie theater. Community zoning laws required that the bulk of the existing 1950s cinema structure remain intact. Van Bryan Studio Architects responded to this challenge by giving the squat building more height, using the vertical lines of the metal panels to assist in the visual and physical transformation.

"The metal panels really dress up the existing building," says Leah Shute, lead architect for the project. "It's a cost-effective approach to introduce durability and sustainability, while maintaining the aesthetic objectives of the design."

"We have worked with Metal Sales for 25 years," explains John Harding, owner of S&H Aluminum, installer for the Town and Country Foods complex. "We have a great relationship with the company, and their staff has always been friendly and informative. The product is of high quality and its installation is typically seamless. This application was no different."

"The facility owners are thrilled with the outcome, and they are especially pleased with its unique color that changes depending on viewer orientation and light," explains Shute. "The panels gave the timeworn building a completely fresh new look."

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General contractor: Langlas and Associates, Bozeman

Architects: Van Bryan Studio Architects, Bozeman

Installer: S & H Aluminum, Great Falls, Mont.

Metal wall panels: Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp., Louisville, Ky. www.metalsales.us.com