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Metal Construction Association Honors DynaEnergetics in Blum, Texas

Photo courtesy of Kingspan
Photo courtesy of Kingspan
Photo courtesy of James Florio
Photo courtesy of James Florio
BLUM, TX — 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.

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.

Recipients were chosen by a panel of 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 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, Texas
MCA Award Recipient: Kingspan
Architect: Arch11, Inc., Denver, Colorado
Contractor: MYCON General Contractors, Inc., Dallas, Texas

The Metal Construction Association is an organization of manufacturers and suppliers whose metal products are used in structures throughout the world. Since it was formed in 1983, MCA has focused on one key strategy — to promote the use of metal in the building envelope through marketing, education, and action on public policies that affect metal’s use.

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