John F. Kennedy High School

ALPOLICĀ® / Mitsubishi Chemical Composites America Inc.

It’s not unusual to see metal composite materials used on the exterior of a building. But many architects are finding the products to be excellent interior finishing materials as well, particularly for accent walls in lobbies and similar public spaces. In its design of an addition to John F. Kennedy High School in Bloomington, MN, the Cunningham Group proves the point. The Minneapolis, MN-based architectural firm specified copper-faced composite panels for the exterior of the school’s addition and then brought them into the interior to pull its design together and provide some added visual punch.

The panels were fabricated from ALPOLIC® MCM (metal composite material) from Mitsubishi Chemical FP America Inc. of Chesapeake, VA. The exterior face sheets of the panels are mill-finish copper while the liner sides are .020” aluminum. Sandwiched between is an polyethylene core.

Approximately 2,500 sq. ft. of the panels were needed to complete the project. They were fabricated and installed by InterClad Inc. of Plymouth, MN.

About ALPOLIC® / Mitsubishi Chemical Composites America Inc.

ALPOLIC Meet the SupplierALPOLIC® Metal Composite Materials are high-quality aluminum and metal composite panels manufactured in Japan, Germany and the United States. The company's Chesapeake, Virginia facility began production in 1991 and is home to Mitsubishi Chemical Composites America. The company is a North American standard-setter for innovation and quality, with an unsurpassed selection of colors and finishes. Manufacturing, distribution and support capabilities extend worldwide. ALPOLIC® Metal Composite Materials are among the most versatile and useful architectural materials available. They offer the rigidity of heavy-gauge architectural metals in a lightweight composite material, with a standard polyethylene or fire-resistant core. For more information about ALPOLIC® call 800-422-7270 visit www.ALPOLIC-Americas.com.

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