Adjustable Forms, Inc. Corporate Headquarters Renovation in Lombard, IL
Wins Award from Metal Construction Association

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- October 14, 2015 – The Metal Construction Association (MCA) awarded the Adjustable Forms, Inc. Corporate Headquarters renovation in Lombard, IL its 2015 Chairman’s Award in the Commercial / Industrial category.

Adjustable Forms, Inc., a leading cast-in-place concrete construction firm, had outgrown its facility and sought to renovate and expand upon its office and warehouse. Metal provided  function, efficiency and a unique look to the building exterior. A high performance rain screen system and solid panel system made of zinc were used to bring a sophisticated contrast to the stark light colored concrete building.

Also, a perforated zinc panel sunscreen system mitigates the harsh western sun in the late afternoons while providing a changing aesthetic as the sun moves across the sky. The zinc panel is an abstract representation of the formwork being lifted from the concrete mass, what builders call “stripping the forms."

“This was the most robust category. There were 20-some entries and a lot of high quality projects,” said architect Michael Fitzgerald, AIA, Principal, one of the MCA judges. “They re-clad and laser cut a random pattern that becomes the skin, like a wallpaper pattern. It’s backlit so that it takes on a much different effect at night, almost this positive-negative effect depending upon the time of day and how it’s lit.

“There is an intricacy to the metal, it has a delicate quality of lace, which you don’t expect,” added MCA judge Elaine Fitzgerald, AIA, CCS, ArchiTech Consulting, Inc.

The design reuses the existing building’s elements where possible, including structural piles, foundations, steel joists and columns, roof decks, and brick masonry walls. The existing concrete slabs were crushed and repurposed as granular fill material for new floor systems.

The project is registered with the USGBC and is tracking LEED Gold certification.  LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.

For this project, metal provides a contemporary look while being a green design choice. The zinc panels are environmentally friendly and are 100 percent recyclable. Zinc panels are able to preserve their color for decades without maintenance thanks to zinc's natural self-healing properties. Umicore Building Products USA, Inc. is the MCA member manufacturer for the metal panels.

The award was announced at METALCON, the metal construction industry’s annual tradeshow and conference held at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida October 14-16. The Chairman’s Awards are given to the year’s most exceptional building projects involving MCA member companies based on overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal, and the role of metal in achieving project objectives.

Recipients for these awards are selected each year from projects submitted by MCA members to Metal Architecture Magazine’s annual Design Awards Program. The honorees were chosen by a panel of professional architects, which included Elaine Fitzgerald, AIA, CCS, ArchiTech Consulting, Inc., Mount Prospect, IL; Michael G. Fitzgerald, AIA, Principal, OKW Architects, Chicago, IL; and Ted Haug, AIA, LEED AP, Legat Architects, Chicago, IL. 

The MCA Chairman’s Awards were given in eight categories: commercial/industrial; education, colleges and universities; education, primary and secondary schools; institutional; metal roofing; municipal; and residential. The judges also recognized a project with an award for overall excellence.

METALCON is the only event dedicated to metal construction products, technologies, and solutions.

Project Recognition

MCA Member Manufacturer: Umicore Building Products USA, Inc.

Architect: DLR Group

Contractor: Adjustable Forms, Inc.

Metal Installer: Tuschall Engineering

About the Metal Construction Association

The Metal Construction Association brings together a diverse industry for the purpose of expanding the use of metal in construction through marketing, research, technology, and education. Companies involved in MCA gain tremendous benefit from association activities that focus on research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. MCA’s market development efforts increase the use of metal materials in construction through the education of the building and design communities regarding the benefits of metal.