The Connor Group Headquarters Building in Miamisburg, Ohio
Wins Top Honors from Metal Construction Association

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- October 14, 2015 – The Metal Construction Association (MCA) awarded The Connor Group Headquarters building in Miamisburg, Ohio its 2015 Chairman’s Award for Overall Excellence, the highest honor given.

The $18-million, 39,000 square-foot two-story building is situated on a 7-acre parcel at the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport in Miami Township, Ohio. Design firm, Moody Nolan worked closely with executives at The Connor Group to create this innovative design as well as incorporated ideas from students at the Charter High School for Architecture and Design in Philadelphia – several of whom participated in design charrettes.

The Connor Group’s new corporate headquarters’ design is described as a double-loaded office bar wrapping around itself and uncoiling. The building’s “outer public skin” is clad in folded and triangulated sections of aluminum composite material (ACM) panels and strip windows. “The triangulations allow the building to twist and lean as momentum and movement build and pull around the perimeter to the high point,” according to the architect’s statement.

“These guys hit it out of the park,” said architect Michael Fitzgerald, AIA, Principal, one of the judges for MCA’s Chairman’s awards.

“The level of detail in this project is the best. All the joints, everything, are perfectly aligned… I think it’s got a sculptural quality, that’s what sets it apart,” added architect Ted Haug, AIA, LEED AP, another MCA judge.

“The basic design parameter for this building was to provide every office with access to natural light,” said Daniel R. Pickett, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, and Partner of Moody Nolan, in Columbus, Ohio. He said that virtually all employees at The Connor Group work in private offices. The final design features no curved lines on the exterior and few right angles.

The design team quickly settled on metal to complement the building’s progressive architectural design and reviewed zinc, titanium, and aluminum composite material as cladding options.  “The complexity of this design and the manner in which the building’s skin was articulated required aluminum composite material,” said Pickett.

3A Composites USA is the MCA member manufacturer for the project. A total of 23,000 square feet of 3A Composite’s 4mm Alucobond® naturAL ACM in the Brushed finish was installed as building cladding. Royalton Architectural Fabrication, Inc. fabricated 2,800 Alucobond panels – 95 percent of which were non-repetitively sized. The Alucobond panels were installed by Celina Glass Co., Inc.. 

 “We knew that the sun reflecting off the panels would change during the day. The Alucobond naturAL was the best material to capture the sun’s reflections,” said Pickett. The Alucobond panels fabricated in triangular shapes as well the installation of uniquely sized glass pieces enhanced the idea of twisting the building, according to Pickett.

 Alucobond consists of 0.020” aluminum thermo bonded to a plastic core. Alucobond provides extraordinary flatness and rigidity, excellent formability, low weight, and outstanding weather resistance. Alucobond naturAL panels feature finely textured aluminum surfaces that amplify the natural beauty and character of aluminum.

 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 2015 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: 3A Composites USA
MCA Member Coating Manufacturer: PPG Industries
Architect: Moody Nolan
Contractor: Messer Construction Co.
Metal Installer: Celina Glass Co.
Metal Fabricator: Royalton Architectural Fabrication, Inc.

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.