Press Release

CHICAGO, IL – February 18, 2021 – The Metal Construction Association (MCA) awarded its Chairman’s Award in the commercial category to a member company that contributed to the creation of the DynaEnergetics building in Blum, Texas. Winners were announced February 3, 2021, at MCA’s Winter Meeting.

The annual Chairman’s Awards showcase the use of metal in exceptional buildings. Winning projects must have involved MCA member companies or their products. Awards are presented in eight categories: Overall Excellence; Commercial; Metal Roofing; Education (Primary & Secondary); Education (Colleges & Universities); Institutional; Municipal; and Residential.

Projects were submitted for consideration to the Chairman’s Awards and Metal Architecture magazine’s annual Design Awards Program. Recipients were chosen by a panel of distinguished architects—Christina Bazelmans of Lamoureux Pagano Associates, Steven G. Blye of Legat Associates, and Yen Ong of 5G Studio Collaborative— based on overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal, and the role of metal in achieving project objectives.

DynaEnergetics’ headquarters is a state-of-the-art manufacturing and office facility. Its exterior reflects the high-precision nature of the company’s products as well as its parent company’s European roots.

The exterior’s natural finish metal accentuates the landscape of the surrounding flat rural plains. Vertical and horizontal aluminum sunshades, coupled with reflective glazing, control heat.

“The use of metal gives the building a conspicuous texture and depth. I appreciate how expressive they made every element of this building,” Ong said.

Most of the building’s facade is clad in insulated metal panels created by Kingspan, an MCA member company.

Winning project: DynaEnergetics, Inc., Blum, TX
MCA Award Recipient: Kingspan
Architect: Arch11, Inc., Denver, CO
Contractor: MYCON General Contractors, Inc., Dallas, TX
Mandatory photo credit for linked images: Kingspan (images 1-8) and James Florio (images 9-12)

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