New Building Uses All Types of Metl-Span Roof and Wall Panels

Swiss-American, Inc., an importer and distributor of cheeses and specialty foods, utilized virtually all types of Metl-Span insulated roof and wall panels for its new headquarters facility, located in St. Louis, MO.

Incorporating more than 80,000 sq. ft. of various thicknesses and profiles of Metl-Span panels, the project includes both horizontal and vertical architectural panels, temperature control panels and partition wall panels.

The building includes administrative offices, production facilities, cold storage warehousing and distribution.

The roof utilizes 24,000 sq. ft. of Metl-Span 4” CFR42 metal standing seam panels.  The cold storage warehouse and loading dock walls utilize 23,000 sq. ft. of 4” CF42 Flute/Mesa panels.  Interior production and warehouse partitions utilize 21,000 sq. ft. of 2” and 4” CF45 Mesa panels.  The office includes 6,000 sq. ft. of 2” CF36 horizontal panels with smooth exterior surface.

Perley-Halladay Associates, Inc., West Chester, PA, specialists in insulated metal buildings, was brought into the project by the roof and wall subcontractor, Van Goor L.L.C., St. Louis.  Perley-Halladay provided major design input to the architect, David Dial, St. Louis.

“The project was quite a challenge,” says Ole Van Goor, president of Van Goor L.L.C.  “The site itself was extremely tight with a 3½ acre building going on only 4 acres.  The design required numerous angles and lots of different heights that made it complicated.  Plus, we used a variety of materials to meet humidity and temperature controls.  Vapor barriers had to be integrated with firewalls going to the roof.  It was definitely a challenge.”

According to Mark Doran, regional sales manager for Perley-Halladay, “With the exception of the office, the entire building is basically a cooler. The dock doors are sealed and products go directly to and from trucks without ever leaving refrigeration.”

“Metl-Span has the ideal materials and methods for temperature control construction,” Doran says.  “The flexibility that Metl-Span panels offer is a great asset as construction proceeds.  The product is extremely versatile.  And if a problem does arise, I know I have immediate access to engineering and tech support.”

The general contractor on the job was ARCO Construction Company, Inc., St. Louis.

Metl-Span pioneered the development of insulated metal panels and continues to make significant contributions to design innovations and technology that have become industry standards.  For more information on the complete line of Metl-Span products, call 877-585-9969 or visit