Insulated metal wall panels offer a range of benefits that include energy efficiency, aesthetics and durability. Those qualities and more factored into the decision to utilize them for the construction of the Boeing Delivery Center in Charleston, SC. The building was completed in 2016 and features insulated metal wall panels and other cladding products from CENTRIA, finished with premium Fluropon® Classic paints from Sherwin-Williams.
In 2011, Boeing opened the first of its three buildings at its Charleston manufacturing campus. Three years later, in an effort to streamline the production process and decrease delivery times, plans began to add a state-of-the-art aircraft assembly building to the site. Prior to its construction, Boeing was sending aircraft out of state to be painted, delaying the production process and completion of finished aircraft. Now fully operational, the assembly building stands 10 stories high and reaches almost two football fields in length. Its interior is large enough to accommodate two Boeing 787 Dreamliners at the same time.
Calloway Johnson Moore & West of Lexington, PA was hired as the architecture firm for the assembly building. The Formawall® Dimension Series® insulated metal panels from CENTRIA were chosen to provide thermal efficiency as well as wind and flame resistance. The panels offer superior weather protection and render the overall structure sleek and modern. The CENTRIA panels were coated in Sherwin-Williams Coil Coating’s Fluropon® Classic metallic coating in the colors Pewter and Silversmith - providing an air-like aesthetic to the facility’s exterior with the main overcast gray tone perfectly accented by the dark gray.
Used in conjunction with the insulated panels were CENTRIA’s EcoScreen® Perforated Screenwall panels. Available with open areas from 10 – 40 percent, the were used to unsightly HVAC equipment.
Sherwin-Williams Coil Coating’s Fluropon coatings are a staple in the industry, formulated to stand up to harsh weather conditions and protect against chalking, fading and ultraviolet rays. Fluropon Classic is a high performance 70% PVDF coating that consists of a pearlescent color coat and a protective clear topcoat. The special metallic-effect color coat combined with a clear coat accomplishes an added shine and shield, providing the Boeing Delivery Center with a vibrant three-coat finish.
The Boeing assembly building was the company’s first 100 percent renewable energy site, with up to 20 percent of the energy supplied by more than 18,000 thin-film solar panels on the roof. The energy efficiency benefits of CENTRIA’s metal wall panels and the Fluropon Classic coating will help continue the standard for the new Charleston Boeing Delivery Center, while maintaining an aesthetic that reflects the nature of its work.
Project: Boeing Delivery Center; Charleston, SC
Coatings provider: The Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings; Minneapolis, MN
Metal panel manufacturer: CENTRIA; Moon Township, PA
General Contractors: Turner Construction Companies, Charlotte, NC, and BE&K; Greenville, SC
Architect: Calloway Johnson Moore & West; Lexington, PA
Metal panel installer: SPS Corporation; Raleigh, NC
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