As the first building to greet parents and students when they arrive at Ancillae Assumpta Academy in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, Stepping Stones Preschool is a playful and educational example of architecture and construction. CastleTop (HCT160) 0.032-inch aluminum wall panels from ATAS International were used in a Rawhide color (2,120 sq. ft.) and Regal Blue color (159 sq. ft.) to create a “Dr. Seuss-like appearance” on the sloped walls.
It was not that using this metal profile provided shadows, texture and color like no other material could. The architect John J. Di Benedetto Associates Architects Inc., Jenkintown, Pa., believes the metal shingles add a graphic punch to the building. The distributor was Alside Supply Center, Warminster, Pa., and the metal installer was Griffith Exteriors Inc., Warminster.
The Stepping Stones Preschool received an Honorable Mention for Exceptional Choice of Material in the 2013 Chairman’s Awards presented by the Metal Construction Association (MCA).
The annual MCA Chairman's Awards are given to outstanding building projects involving MCA members. The awards honor innovation and creativity while showcasing how metal products help achieve exceptional building designs. A panel of noteworthy architects selected the winners.