Finding a single product that meets both aesthetic objectives and energy efficiency requirements can be challenging for some, but it was no trouble for the folks at Nola Van Peursem Architects. They specified insulated metal panels from Metl-Span for their plans involving the renovation and expansion of the Huntsville Aquatics Center in Huntsville, AL.
The project involved the addition of a 50-meter competition pool and a warm water instructional pool in addition to improvements to the Legacy Pool, which was original to the former Brahan Spring Park Natatorium. With these renovations, Huntsville now has two Olympic size pools and the largest seating capacity in the state with more than 14,000 seats. The new instructional pool provides warm water therapy at 90 degrees, an in-water bench with jets and a handicapped access ramp.
“We knew from the start that we wanted the metal panels,” says Pam Bruce, senior project architect for the Huntsville-based architectural firm. “The metal panels came with a wide selection of colors. This allowed us to simulate the feeling of water. The competition wall panels give the feeling of racing in water between lane lines, while the arrangement of colors at the instructional pool feels more relaxing and calm.”
Bruce says the IMPs are installed over concrete masonry unit walls, so it was, “a no-brainer choice” to go with insulated metal panels. “The City of Huntsville specifically asked for an energy-efficient building,” she says. “Going with insulated metal panels helped us achieve the look we wanted, while satisfying the owner’s request for energy efficiency.
“Plus, the contractor had a tight construction timeline. Because insulated metal panels are installed in larger pieces, it allowed the contractor to stay on schedule.”
Installers had to follow a precise pattern when piecing together the insulated metal panels to achieve the unique aesthetic desired by the architect and the City of Huntsville. The sleek appearance helps assimilate the swimmer, a distinct part of the facility's logo, smoothly moving through the water.
Yancey & Jamieson Inc. of Austell, Ga., handled the installation of almost 21,000 square feet of IMPs with three inches of urethane insulating core in three colors: Regal Gray, (16,000 square feet), Pacific Blue (2,600 square feet) and Aegean Blue (2,000 square feet).
The project was completed in October 2016.