Essex Place

Horizontal Metl-Span Panels Provide Distinct Visual Effect

Essex Place, a $10 million office property development located in Independence, OH, sought a distinctive look that would be in harmony with the brick and glass structures in the area.  As a result, 7,500 sq. ft. of Metl-Span’s CF-30 polyurethane foam insulated architectural flat panels installed horizontally were utilized. The 2” panels were finished in Bright Silver Kynar 500.

According to architect James Murfin of Murfin Associates, Hudson, OH, “The adjoining properties exhibit quite a bit of masonry.  In addition, several buildings on the street employ glass in-fill.  Consequently, we used two different materials—the Metl-Span panel and brick—to produce an interesting edifice.”

What really sets the building apart, according to Murfin, are the horizontal panels, alternating with glass from the second story up. The horizontal configuration is emphasized with ¾” reveals.  According to Ed Lewalk, project manager for installer Manning, Inc., Streetsboro, OH, “The wide reveals were painted black to further accentuate the horizontal lines as part of the design.  The flat panels delivered a great look.  And the panels are extremely easy to install and work with.”

The use of the Metl-Span panels also enabled a decreased amount of structural steel as the building carries lighter loads along the exterior on upper floors.  In fact, the panels extend above the building roof to act as a screen for rooftop air-handling units, providing a seamless method for hiding mechanicals.

The general contractor on the project was Geis Construction Company, Streetsboro, OH.

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