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Peacock Partnership Inc., Atlanta

Located in Atlanta, Peacock Partnership Inc. purchased a building that was once a restaurant in the 1980s. The 2011 building purchase presented an opportunity for the architecture firm to show off its finely honed design skills. However, the building needed a bit of work.

"The building was clad in EIFS and wood, none of which, we felt, was consistent with the appearance we wanted to present as a design firm," says Paul Reichert, studio director, Peacock Partnership. "We ultimately decided to remove the EIFS cornices and details then clad the building entirely in metal panels. The metal panels allowed us to leave the bulk of the existing exterior wall in place while affording us options for shapes and colors that we could use to create a more visually interesting building."

The firm considered combining masonry with EIFS, but the designers realized it was not cost effective based on material prices and installation speed. Metal, however, provided a great price for a durable, colorful, low-maintenance exterior solution. The metal wall panels chosen were from ATAS International Inc., who supplied 5,325 square feet of Belvedere Rib (BWR360) 0.032-inch aluminum in Classic Bronze; 2,925 square feet of Belvedere 7 1/5-inch Grand R (BWG390) 0.032-inch aluminum in Sandstone; and 792 square feet of Versa-Seam (VSS120) 0.032-inch aluminum in Mission Red. Champion Metals installed the metal panels.

"Metal wall panels provide a versatility unlike other wall cladding materials," says Jim Bush, vice president of sales for ATAS. "Peacock Partnership chose to mix and match a few of our wall panel options to provide contrast and depth to the building. This is further emphasized by selecting different colors for the panels.

Architect: Peacock Partnership Inc., Atlanta

Installer: Champion Metals, Stockbridge, Ga.

Metal wall panels: ATAS International Inc., Allentown, Pa.,