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Owensboro Medical Health Center, Owensboro, Ky.

Owensboro Medical Health Center, Owensboro, Ky.

Cost, ease of installation and appearance were some reasons why approximately 47,000 square feet of Metl-Span's 2-inch CF-30 and CF-36 Striated insulated metal panels (IMP) finished in custom match Brownie were selected to be installed on two large mechanical penthouses and the central utility plant at Owensboro Medical Health Center.

ProCLAD Inc. was responsible for preconstruction of the 350,000-square-foot exterior envelope on the 780,000-square-foot hospital, installed the IMPs and provided quality assurance, coordination and management of third-party subcontractors.

Craig Caudill, executive vice president at ProCLAD, says Turner Universal, general contractor, originally specified an embossed flat insulated panel for the mechanical areas. ProCLAD was asked to get the best value from each cladding component, Caudill says, so they recommended Striated panels instead. "[Striated panels] offered a very significant cost savings and provided a more subtle look," Caudill says. "The client liked both the aesthetics and the economy."

The Metl-Span panels accounted for more than 13 percent of the overall exterior envelope and interfaced with other materials, including rainscreen limestone, hand-set masonry, phenolic panels and curtainwall. Caudill says the IMPs were ideal for the mechanical penthouses because they are easy to install, are a cost-savings compared with other types of systems, and efficiently control temperatures in areas that get hot and cold.

"The continuous insulation is critical," Caudill says. "And installation of the Metl-Span panels involves only a single trade. They're faster, cheaper and better looking."

Jim Garber, director of construction at Pro- CLAD, says sequencing trades and contractors on the complex project, located on a 145-acre site, was a daily challenge. "The project marked a major commitment to 21st century health care for the Owensboro community and we were proud to be a part of it," Garber says.

General contractor: Turner Universal, Nashville, Tenn.
Architect: HGA Architects, Milwaukee Installer: ProCLAD Inc., Noblesville, Ind.
Metal wall panels: Metl-Span, Lewisville, Texas,