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ATAS Donates Metal In Architecture Award Prize Money To Charity

Four Awards Received At METALCON 2021

Allentown, PA - ATAS International, grand prize winner of the Metal in Architecture Awards, presented during METALCON in Tampa, FL in early October, has donated the $1,000 prize to Feeding Tampa Bay, which for 2021 is part of METALCON’s annual giving back program.

Pictured left to right: Dick Bus, ATAS International; Judy Geller, PSMJ; Lee Ann Slattery, ATAS International; Jim Bush, ATAS International; and Jim Bus, ATAS International. Photo credit: McBoat Photography.

As previously announced, the David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago was the overall winning project in the Metal in Architecture Awards competition, and it also won in the category of walls. A panel of judges comprised of the Metal Construction Association (MCA) council chairs and other metal construction and design industry experts determined the winners. Entries were judged based on the use of metal in design and construction as shown in the project photographs.

The David Rubenstein Forum project utilized 60,000 square feet of custom Versa-Lok and custom fabricated wall panels that were manufactured by ATAS in 1.0 mm grey zinc. The panels were used as exterior wall cladding on the 166-foot-tall building consisting of 10 stories. They were installed by Tuschall Engineering of Burr Ridge, IL, and the architects for the project included Diller Scofidio + Renfro of New York City, and Brininstool + Lynch of Chicago.

ATAS also received two awards in METALCON’s Top Products competition. This awards program was created to showcase the metal industry’s top products and technologies at METALCON. Winners were determined by an electronic vote. ATAS received the Top Product award in the Walls and the Alternative Energy categories. For the Walls category, Omawall was chosen, which is a new product offering for ATAS. Omawall is an architectural back ventilated rainscreen wall panel, available in standard and custom size options. It offers a unique dry joint interlocking system that allows for quick and easy installation without gaskets or metal splines. For the Alternative Energy category, the InSpire HP panel was selected. This is a new high-performance solar air heating wall panel that can be used as a heating system on its own, or to supplement a building’s heating system. It can also be used for processes, such as drying of crops.

Jim Bush, Vice President of ATAS, stated, “The Metal in Architecture and Top Products awards at METALCON this year were a great addition to the conference. Along with the Architect’s Experience, the Solar Center, and the IMP Pavilion, the show continues to grow and to appeal to many different professions that are involved in the design and construction of buildings. ATAS is pleased to have won these awards, and we are already looking forward to participating next year at METALCON in Indianapolis.”

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.

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