Speed Art Museum wins MCA Chairman's Award

Project showcases custom metal fa├žade backed by CENTRIA's MetalWrap system.

Moon Township, Pa., Jan. 23, 2018—CENTRIA, an industry leader in the design, development and manufacture of architectural metal wall and roof systems, is pleased to announce that the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY was honored by the Metal Construction Association (MCA) as a 2017 Chairman’s Award winner in the institutional category.

The Speed Art Museum underwent a $60 million renovation which included the addition of two new buildings that were built to the north and south of it. The added 62,500 square feet has expanded the Museum’s amenities and exhibit space, allowing for display of up to 1,000 pieces of art at a time. Other renovations included an indoor/outdoor café, a giftshop, and an events pavilion. Recently opened in early 2016, the Museum’s attendance is expected to reach 200,000 visitors annually.

MG McGrath worked with the Speed Art Museum project team to fabricate and install a 485 square-foot aluminum composite wall panel system, a 19,540 square-foot custom corrugated expanded aluminum panel system with a custom pattern, a 20,610-square-foot CENTRIA MetalWrap  insulated composite backup panel system, a 245-square-foot corrugated screenwall and aluminum fixed louvers.

The architectural team wanted to keep the authenticity of the building by modeling some aspects of the museum's original design, while incorporating modern and sleek materials. A 60,000 square foot north pavilion was created by stacking three shifted volumes sheathed in fritted glass and folded aluminum panels, similar to the moldings of the original museum. The materials also create a dynamic change when natural light is introduced.

“I think it’s really interesting how the new project is completely different than the original but in the same visual language. Coloration, texture and massing relate really well to this original project without having anything to do with it. It’s a different material, different architecture—everything’s different about it, but they’ve made it relate really well together,” said MCA judge Mark Horton, FAIA, Principal, Mark Horton/Architecture, San Francisco, California.  

“When you combine the cantilever, the shifting planes and the differences of color, really only metal can do what they did in their final design,” noted MCA judge Brent Schipper, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, ASK Studio, Des Moines, Iowa.

The award was announced at a special ceremony during the MCA Winter Meeting, held in San Diego, California from January 22-24, 2018. The Chairman’s Awards are given to the year’s most exceptional building projects involving MCA member companies based on overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal, and the role of metal in achieving project objectives. 

The 2017 MCA Chairman’s Awards were given in eight categories: overall excellence;
residential; metal roofing; education, primary and secondary schools; and education, colleges and universities; institutional; municipal; and commercial/industrial.