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  MeTecno-API Provides a Smooth Solution for Beach Front Home

Back in March of 2005 the order was placed with MeTecno-API for what from now on would be known as “The Panel House”, approximately 3600 square feet of Centurywall™ Vertical (CWP-V) insulated wall panels in both 3 and 6 inch thick modules. At6 inches thick, this panel will deliver an impressive insulating R-Value of49. The exterior and interior facings chosen were of 0.040 aluminum, with both sides painted Metallic Silver Kynar® supplied by PPG. Also ordered were custom factory folded vertical corner panels. David Hertz, AIA Architects chose smooth facings (as opposed to stucco embossed) for The Panel House in Venice Beach. 

Centurywall™ insulated panels by MeTecno-API are light weight, high strength composite building units with factory finished metal faces integrally bonded to a foam core. They are an economical alternative to expensive plate materials and combine excellent insulating value with exceptional flatness. Centurywall™ vertical panels (CWP-V) are used to create a modern high-tech appearance where a flat, vertical architectural metal wall system is desired. 

CWP-V panels are provided with hidden fastener offset joinery for easy attachment to structural components from the building exterior. They are typically installed over steel studs with horizontal strapping, or directly to girts (wide flange, tube steel or light gauge). CWP-V panels are also easily integrated with sheetrock wall construction for added fire safety. 

Centurywall™ panels are manufactured in a uniform pressure laminated process that bonds metal facings to pre-cured insulating rigid form cores. This process uses ICBO approved Type II, Class 2 structural urethane adhesives applied under heat and pressure to form an integral bond between steel and foam. Cores are inspected for uniform density and cell structure, and then are machine-milled to exacting tolerances. This extra care ensures premium quality flat cores, suitable for use with embossed or smooth facings. As a result of this unique process, MeTecno-API is proud to offer blister-free warranties on all Centurywall™ products. 

The exterior and interior facings of the Centurywalll™ chosen were of 0.040aluminum, with both sides painted Metallic Silver Kynar® supplied by PPG.Back to the beach…but first some insight on the architect David Hertz, founder and president of Syndesis, Inc., his multifaceted company that besides providing architectural and design services, is also a manufacturing firm in Santa Monica. That’s right, manufacturing environmental products such as pre-cast, lightweight concrete. Hertz is very active in the green movement, participating in various environmental and design communities, sits on many committees and is a LEED® Accredited Professional. He also interned in the office of Frank O. Gehry and Associates FAIA in 1984 prior to opening his own firm. 

Centurywall™ by MeTecno-API was the choice of David Hertz, AIA Architects for the exterior of ‘The Panel House’. Centurywall™ insulated panels are lightweight, high strength composite building units with factory finished metal faces integrally bonded to a foam core.Two quotes from an interview he gave to HousingZone.com Editor Felicia Oliver provides more insight into Hertz and how he feels about the role of the architect and his own design approach: 

“…all of our work has to do with sustainability in one way or another, even if it’s not a determinant. We’re still going to be aware of orientation, encouraging natural ventilation, minimizing solar gain, having indoor air quality, and being responsible about construction demolition waste.” 

“Ideally, designs should be responsive to their climate – regional, local materials, other things that would inform the design in following that idea of organic building… It should be ‘of the place’ (Frank Lloyd Wright) in that way, uniquely American, made of local materials. All those things make sense environmentally.” 

Back to The Panel House: The construction on this home was more custom than modular. The design however was simplistic in that steel, concrete and the CWP-V panels by MeTecno-API were not only building materials but also the focal points of the house both inside and out. David Hertz and Syndesis were aware that MeTecno-API’s reputation was that of an architectural/commercial manufacturer (non-residential), but that MeTecno-API was willing to think outside of those constraints and perform in order to deliver in the luxury residential arena and marketplace. 

In choosing an insulated metal wall panel, David Hertz, AIA Architects and Syndesis Inc. (www.syndesisinc.com) were keen to the benefits of that system: exceptional thermal performance; air and water tightness; lightweight; lower maintenance necessities; energy efficiency, and ease of installation resulting in reduced labor costs. 

Additionally in choosing an insulated metal wall panel by MeTecno-API (www.apipanel.com) David Hertz came to know a West coast manufacturing location. A company based in Modesto, Calif. with customer service representatives that are specifically assigned to your order for the duration of the project. A company with experienced in-house CAD draftsmen readily available to create custom panel layout/shop/erection drawings based on specific project architectural and structural requirements. A company, as David Hertz quotes Frank Lloyd Wright, “of the place”. Surf’s up!


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