Company Shares Recognition from 2020 Metal Architecture Design Awards
KENNETT SQUARE, PA…Metalwërks®, a leading U.S. manufacturer of precision, high performance metal plate exterior facade systems, integrated curtain wall components, and
custom architectural features, recently received industry recognition for its role in the
development of the new National Museum of the United States Army. The project
secured the top slot for “Smooth Metal Panels” in the 2020 Metal Architecture Design
“The New National Museum of the United States Army is an impressive structure that
certainly deserved this industry recognition,” said Stephen Scharr, co-owner and director
of business development for Metalwërks. “It was a privilege to be part of the planning
and construction of this building, which pays a well-earned tribute to this vital branch of
the U.S. military.”
Situated just south of Washington, D.C., the 185-thousand-square-foot building is made
up of five separate pavilions. Metalwërks played a pivotal role in the development of the
building’s façade, supplying 110,000 square feet of the company’s AMERIPLATE
Spline metal wall panels. The panels were three feet wide and up to 20 feet tall, and they
were critical in helping the building to create a memorable first impression.
“In collaboration with the design team, the goal with the façade was to mimic the visual
of a line of soldiers marching in formation as a unit,” Scharr added. “The AMERIPLATE
panels help the new museum make quite a statement even before someone walks in the
“The interplay between the metal panels and the surrounding trees was far from ideal in
terms of how the reflected light revealed any imperfections in the panel surface,” said
Paul Scharr, president and COO Metalwërks. “Because of this, we took extraordinary
measures to eliminate material distortions. In fact, more than one million pounds of
stainless steel went into the making of this project.”
AMERIPLATE Spline rain screen wall panels are an engineered flat plate assembly
comprised of an extruded aluminum frame with an architectural finish face plate. In this
case, the face plate was an 11 gauge T316 Stainless Steel #6 Long Grain polished finish.
The use of AMERIPLATE metal panels also enabled the façade of the building to
accommodate thermal expansion and contraction based on climate conditions in the area.
The AMERIPLATE Spline system allows the metal panels to change and adjust on a
layer of structural silicone rather than being directly attached to the panel frame. Inside
the joint of the panels, the spline filler also enables the panels to react to changing
The new National Museum of the Army is scheduled to open in 2020.