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Weathered Steel Panels Edge Out New Portsmouth Arts Center
MetalTech-USA's weathering steel cladding transforms underutilized warehouse into a warm community gathering place with a raw industrial vibe.
McHenry Architecture was tasked with the mission to completely recycle an underutilized warehouse space into the newly minted cultural institution.
"3SArtspace turned out to be a remarkable project. The weathered steel really transformed the façade and completes the desired look that McHenry Architecture intended for the space," says Michael Love, MetalTech-USA Senior Project Manager.
Built on the waterfront of Portsmouth's downtown Historic District, 3S is the first truly contemporary building. The exterior material palette consists of weathering steel cladding in alternating profiles, weathered wood boards, and translucent cladding at entrances. Inspired by the area's shipbuilding past, the oxidized metal panels are a nod to the scrap metal piles once lining the area's shorefront.
"We were renovating an existing concrete building," says McHenry Architecture Principal Steve McHenry. "Simple and rustic raw materials seemed appropriate yet visually distinctive."
McHenry Architecture selected MetalTech-USA's weathered steel to help achieve the distinctive look they were seeking. Weathered Steel, often referred to as Cor-Ten or A606, is a unique material gaining popularity as of late for its distinctive rust patina. This natural yet stable protective coating acts as a defense against further corrosion. Weathered steel arrives unrusted and develops a rust-like appearance once exposed to the elements for a period of time.
MetalTech-USA was chosen to fabricate the weathered steel panels for the façade. Roughly 3,300 square feet of sinusoidal corrugated panels and 1,800 square feet of flat panels were fabricated from 22 Gauge and 20 Gauge weathering steel, respectively. Panels were through fastened to the plywood underlayment with stainless steel screws and exposed fastener heads. Installation of the metal panels was completed by Industrial Roofing Companies of Lewiston, Maine.
"The project was a good project for the community and with the finishes, including the weathering steel, fit right in the area and looked like it had been there for a while," says Industrial Roofing Companies Metal Services Manager David Link.
MetalTech-USA is the premier distributor and specialty fabricator of eco-friendly architectural metals specializing in roofing, facade, and soffit cladding systems. For more information, visit www.metaltech-