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Metl-Span architectural panels are aesthetic choice for luxury hotel
Insulated metal panels allow for faster construction of Godfrey Hotel Chicago  

LEWISVILLE, Texas (March 31, 2014) – Chicago is famous for its skyline, innovative architecture and many prominent buildings. Some believe Chicago is the first truly American city because architecture along the east coast was strongly influenced by the original European settlers as opposed to people born in America.

Metl-Span assisted the architects and builders of the Godfrey Hotel Chicago create a welcoming architectural facility. The Godfrey Hotel is one of the city’s newest luxury boutique hotels, located in the downtown River North Neighborhood. Its attractiveness is revealed architecturally on the outside as well as in its 221 abundantly sized guest rooms and suites.

“Insulated metal panels were selected for their clean, modern tailored look,” says Kurt Volkman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C at Valerio Dewalt Train of Chicago. “The added benefit of this exterior cladding system was the all-in-one installation.”

Metl-Span’s CFA panels allowed for the installation of weather barrier, insulation and vapor barrier with one product.

Metl-Span provided 60,000 square feet of 2-inch thick, 30-inch wide, 22-gauge/26-gauge CFA Architectural Wall Panels in embossed Silver. The Metl-Span panels were installed over stud framing, attached with concealed fasteners in the side joint.

“Most recently, we have specified insulated metal panels for office buildings, a student housing tower, on this hotel and a mixed-use project that includes retail, office and K-12 school,” Volkman says.

All-American Exterior Solutions of Lake Zurich, Ill., installed the panels and kept the project running smoothly, with help from Metl-Span.

“This project was right in the heart of downtown Chicago,” says Mike Underwood of All-American Exterior Solutions. “We didn’t have room to store that much product during construction, so Metl-Span was very accommodating, delivering what we needed, when we needed it. The project was completed in nine or 10 phases, and like all projects, the schedule changed a few times, but Metl-Span was able to stay on top of it with us.”

Metl-Span pioneered many of the developments of insulated metal panels and continues to make significant contributions to design innovations and technology that shape industry standards.  For more information on Metl-Span products, call 877-585-9969 or visit www.metlspan.com.