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ATAS International’s Aluminum Wall Panels On Maryland Home Contribute To Award-Winning Design

Contractor and homeowner Alan Kanner wanted his house to respect its hilly, wooded surroundings in Takoma Park, Maryland while also being creative, cool and fun. Playing a prominent role in the home’s design are metal wall panels from ATAS International.

Kanner (of Added Dimensions Inc.) called on McInturff Architects, Bethesda, Md., to transform the 1,700 sq. ft. house by adding a second floor for three bedrooms and two bathrooms, leaving the main level and basement for living, dining and entertaining.

The exterior became a unique, playful expression of shadows and texture with ATAS metal wall panels. The 0.032-inch aluminum Opaline (OPM045) panels in Black clad the exterior. Opaline is a structural panel that can be installed on open framing as well as a solid substrate. Opaline installs as a tongue-and-groove system with mechanical fasteners that are hidden by the adjacent panel. The distributor was The Roof Center, Brentwood, Md. Added Dimensions Inc. was the metal panel installer.

The home won the 2013 Chairman’s Award from the Metal Construction Association (MCA) in the Residential category. The judges thought this unique project contrasted well with the surrounding forest, and they admired the simple use of materials throughout the whole façade and attention to changing textures based on panel orientation.

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.

About ATAS International Inc.

atas logo 1963Founded in 1963, ATAS International Inc. is a leading manufacturer of metal roofing, wall cladding, ceilings, perimeter edge metal, and accessories. The ATAS portfolio features an expansive selection of products available in aluminum, steel, zinc, stainless steel, and copper. Standard profiles include narrow and wide ribbed wall panels, corrugated styles, standing seam and batten seam roof systems, metal shingles, shakes, tiles, and more. Additional options include curved, tapered, and perforated panels; concealed or exposed fasteners; smooth or embossed textures; horizontal and vertical applications; and a choice of over 40 stock colors with 70% PVDF finish.

With sustainability at the forefront of modern building design, ATAS proudly supports green building objectives with high performance solutions, such as solar-ready roof panels, insulated metal panels, cool roofing products, and solar air heating wall panels. The ATAS team consists of product and market specialists that provide a high level of support for your project, from initial discovery and design to installation. ATAS has two ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturing locations in the United States: the headquarters in Allentown, PA, and their facility in Mesa, AZ. ATAS also has a second location in Allentown, PA, and recently added a new manufacturing location in University Park, IL. For more information about ATAS International, visit or call 610.395.8445. For more information on InSpire, visit

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