Pearl Izumi North American Corporate Headquarters Building in Louisville, Colorado Wins Award from Metal Construction Association

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- October 14, 2015 – The Pearl Izumi North American Corporate Headquarters building in Louisville, Colorado has been awarded the Chairman’s Award in the roofing category from the Metal Construction Association (MCA).

The new $9.2 million, 55,000 square foot headquarters sits on an eight-acre site at the foot of the dramatic Flatirons rock formations, and is strategically located along the Coal Creek Trail, a well-loved bike and running path. The facility houses research and design, prototyping and testing, marketing, management, and financial functions for the corporation, which designs and manufactures high end biking, triathlon, and running gear.

A minimal palette of concrete, glass, wood, and naturally weathering steel express a dynamic and elegant simplicity that respects Pearl Izumi’s Japanese heritage, celebrates the dramatic seasonal backdrop, and exemplifies a passion for outdoor sports. The design team went above and beyond local jurisdictional site planning requirements by incorporating a series of linked retention ponds to retain and treat all the storm water onsite.

Metal was selected as the primary exterior building material for its ability to gracefully weather naturally over time, taking on the patina of the landscape. The Arch11 teamed with Buro Happold and ZGF architects to create this "design barn", with metal roof and walls that reference the historical metal agrarian sheds found in the farms of the Colorado Front Range.

The building’s form and simple enclosure system echo the dramatic backdrop of the surrounding mountains. Triplicate clerestories on both sides of the building, representing Pearl Izumi’s “Ride-Tri-Run” motto, lift and tilt the roof, creating valleys and crests, which allow daylight and natural ventilation to reach far into the workspace year round.

The building’s naturally weathering metal exterior offers the appearance that it has been there a long time, shaped by the natural forces of wind, sun, and snow. The form burrows into the landscape, intuitively angled to reflect the sharp lines of the Flat irons, protect the inhabitants from the elements, and afford unobstructed views. It creates a low-impact, sustainable development that offers a subtle backdrop to the vibrant and innovative process taking place within.

“It has a sense of literally growing out of the ground which I think is a really nice atrophy,” says architect Ted Haug, AIA, LEED AP, one of the MCA judges for the award.

The 43,000 SF of roofing and 17,000 SF of siding are 2” high x 18” wide 180-degree mechanically-seamed standing seam panels, was formed on site by Premium Panels of Arvada, CO. 22,000 lineal feet of shop-fabricated flashing and sheet metal trim components were involved in the installation of the metal roof and siding systems.  Drexel Metals Inc. was the MCA Member Distributor on the project.

“This building reflects the passion for outdoor performance products and the athletic lifestyle Pearl Izumi champions. It truly serves as a purpose-built space for our employees to craft and deliver our products while reflecting our Colorado roots with access to the outdoor sports we love,” says Cache Mundy, Vice President of Product & Development, Pearl Izumi.

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 12-14. 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 Distributor: Drexel Metals Inc.
Architects: ZGF, Arch11 and BuroHappold
Contractor: Haselden Construction
Metal Installer: B&M Roofing

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 about the benefits of metal.