Exterior Panels/Cladding

BENCHMARK Designwall 4000

Build It Like Beckham

The new DVR PNK Stadium—home to Miami’s professional soccer club, Inter Miami CF, needed a signature look with a modern feel, under tight time constraints. In 2014, David Beckham and a group of investors started plans for a new stadium in Miami, but getting the necessary approvals for the endeavor proved challenging. The project fell through multiple times, but, in 2019, the group finally received permission to build a massive sports complex site next to Miami’s international airport. Unfortunately, Miami’s first professional MLS team was set to debut in early 2020, leaving too little time to build a stadium on the proposed site. Instead, they decided to re-purpo

MBCI panels at the Public Service Complex in San Marcos, Texas

Metal Proves its Mettle in Texas

A metal roof offered the optimal surface for a large field of solar panels helping the city of San Marcos meet their sustainability goals. Looking to consolidate public service departments and agencies scattered across the city into a modern, centralized location, the city of San Marcos, Texas, constructed nine buildings on a single site. The new Public Service Complex was designed to increase communication between departments and give the city an opportunity to grow in place over the next several years.“We wanted to create a flexible office space that provided natural daylighting to all the occupants within a very tight budget,” said Project Manager Edgar Zarate of Lawrence Grou

StoPanel 3DP

New Shape of Panelized Wall Systems

Sto Panel Technology has partnered with Branch Technology to deliver unprecedented 3-dimensional design options for exterior walls. A prefabricated panelized wall system, that includes all the building envelope control layers integrated into a fully customizable 3D printed composite shape, StoPanel 3DP panels are lightweight, structurally robust and easy to install. The big difference from other products, says the manufacturer, are the custom shape cores. Branch’s Cellular Fabrication (C-Fab) 3D printing process allows virtually any shape or form to be created at a large scale. The lightweight polymer matrix is robotically 3D printed in Branch Technology’s direct digital fabricat


It’s Show Time

Doubling as a massive media screen, this projectable glass rainscreen stops more than 90% of wind-driven rain from reaching the air-and-vapor barrier and dissipates the rest through drainage and natural ventilation. Patented compression clips attached to the virtually shadow-free, building-scale projection screen eliminate the need for holes through the glass and the system is fully adjustable in multiple directions. Giving contractors the ability to order the glass cladding based on the approved shop drawings enables significant time savings.Judge’s Comment: “The addition of a rainscreen to any building provides benefits on energy performance and many other considerations. This


Panel Power

An aluminum accent for façades, the Accent Fin comes in six design variations: blade, mini-blade, triangle, A-frame, rectangle, and flat box. This new joint-integrated cladding accent, made of extruded aluminum, adds a high-end architectural touch to commercial projects. The product adds a brand-new design element to a flat architectural panel, which can be produced with a smooth or embossed finish and can be installed vertically or horizontally.Judge’s Comment: “Simple element that could be transformative to a static façade or wall.”


Ventilated Façade

Steni Nature façade panels are available in 12 different colors of natural stones, many with up to four different particle sizes: micro-fine, fine, medium and coarse. The cladding panels are installed as a ventilated façade and are extremely  weather-resistant. Made of stone composite, the environmentally safe Steni panels are robust and resistant to impact. These façade panels require minimal maintenance and can be cleaned with most cleaning agents used to wash homes and other buildings. Steni Nature also works very well in combination with other materials.Judge’s Comment: “The warranty and EPD sets this product apart from others.”


Next Gen Metal Archetypes

The Specular collection from Pure + FreeForm is ideal for exterior metal cladding, acoustical ceilings, interior wall paneling, millwork, soffits, column covers, canopies and more. From classical forms to more complex hybrid finishes, it offers 12 unique surfaces to choose from that define the next generation of metal archetypes. With a focus on pearlescence, texture, fragmentation, and light spread, the collection’s finishes include Emblem, Perlage, Brunello, Relic, Enox, Piombo, Harlem, Molten, Serra, Caxia, Akoya and Hollywood.Judge’s Comment: “A successful pairing of form and function.”

Versa-Lok, Custom Fabricated Wall Panels

University of Chicago Campus Building Shines with Zinc Panels

Zinc panels were chosen to achieve aesthetic and sustainability goals on the project. The David M. Rubenstein Forum project at the University of Chicago is located on Chicago’s Midway Plaisance and offers views of downtown Chicago, Lake Michigan, and the university campus. The vision of the architectural teams at Diller Scofidio + Renfro of New York City and Brininstool + Lynch of Chicago was to create a retreat space, which would allow for both formal presentations as well as casual meetings. The uniquely shaped building has an auditorium, a variety of meeting spaces, a dining room and an elevated wine bar and cafe. The University Room, which is the building’s largest room, seat

Lumi Frit Projectable Glass Rainscreen

A Welcoming Beacon

The world’s first building to use Bendheim’s fully customizable projectable glass rainscreen system as a 6,000-sq.-ft. media screen was the Momentary, a contemporary art space in Bentonville, Ark., a satellite of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The custom-imprinted glass scrim wraps an 80-ft. tall concrete stair and elevator tower and incorporates four unique fritted glass designs, ranging from 50% to 80% opaque. The designs were created by Osage graphic artist Addie Roanhorse and were inspired by traditional Osage Native American design motifs.Bendheim’s Lumi Frit glass cladding lends the tower a brilliant white, ephemeral aesthetic during the day. A

Mesa Rim fitness center in San Marcos, Calif.

IMPs Complement Fitness Center

In designing the new 28,200 sq.-ft. Mesa Rim fitness center in San Marcos, Calif., Richard & Richard Construction Co. chose Metl-Span CF Flute panels in Tundra for their thermal efficiencies and rustic look. Lending an industrial flair, the 42-in.-wide 2-in.-deep insulated metal panels integrate with a glass sectional running down one of the building corners. With its bold vertical reveals, the IMPs complement the building exterior and beacon visitors to experience the climbing wall excitement inside.