Aesthetic of Insulated Metal Panel Addition Represents Manufacturer’s Heritage

Lisega Inc. undergoes 30,000 square-foot expansion.
Lisega Inc. undergoes 30,000 square-foot expansion.

Lisega Inc., a German-based company, specializes in modular systems with more than 12,000 standardized components to meet the needs of any industrial application.

Lisega’s mixed-use U.S. operations center in Kodak, Tenn., features more 100,000 square feet of office, manufacturing and storage facilities and an insulated metal panel building envelope by Metl-Span. When the facility underwent a 30,000 square-foot expansion, Lisega turned once again to Metl-Span and NCI Building Systems for seamless vertical integration.

The addition pairs a steel frame system by Ceco Building Systems with approximately 8,000 square feet of 3-inch CF42 Mesa insulated metal panels from Metl-Span, accented by polished masonry blocks. The metal panels, in Silver Metallic, capitalize on the industrial heritage at
Lisega. The all-metal aesthetic played an important role in the specification process for architect Dave Wright, based in nearby Greeneville, Tenn.

“Lisega really likes the look of the metal skin,” Wright notes. “They wanted to continue to incorporate the modern, industrial aesthetic to represent their German roots.”

Wright also designed the original Lisega facility, using components by NCI’s A&S Building Systems in 2011. Insulated metal panels not only met the client’s needs but delivered on the project’s performance and deliverability parameters, as well.

“We did our research at the onset of both projects and there were several considerations,” Wright says. “We were especially pleased with the quick availability of the insulated metal panels and integrated fastener system for installation. You’re also talking about a wall system that’s extremely high performing.”

Metl-Span CF Mesa profile insulated metal panels are lightly corrugated on both interior and exterior faces to provide visual symmetry. The exposed interior skin, in Metl-Span’s standard Igloo White color option, offers the same industrial aesthetic; a complement to the manufacturing backdrop. The panels were installed vertically to match the existing facility.

The all-metal aesthetic plays an important role in the specification process.
The all-metal aesthetic plays an important role in the specification process.

Insulated metal panel systems offer an array of profile, texture and reveal configurations. The product provides thermal efficiency and moisture control, while a factory foamed-in-place insulating core minimizes insulation gaps.

“In the end, Metl-Span insulated metal panels were the right product for these jobs,” Wright adds. 

Wright was pleased with the installation capabilities of the product. Insulated metal panels provide distinct installation advantages versus traditional multi-component wall systems, including longer installation spans, reduced structural costs and a long product lifecycle. And its single-component construction provides a weathertight wall after just one pass from the installation crew, minimizing construction time and costs.

Metl-Span CF insulated metal panels also incorporate a concealed fastener system that allowed the construction crew to integrate new panels seamlessly, picking up the installation process where they had left off more than five years before. 

“Our team was able to disassemble the panel system and reinstall new panels with the same fasteners,” Wright states. “That’s an amazing feature of this product. It made the expansion very convenient for the installation team.”

Construction for the Lisega expansion project culminated in the fall of 2016 when the company moved its fabrication process into the Kodak production shop. The new addition and its Metl-Span insulated metal panel aesthetic were the right fit for the client, but, of course, Lisega expected nothing less.

“When we started the expansion, there was no hesitation on our part to use the metal panels,” explains Lisega General Manager Bob Beldyk. “We didn’t even look at another product.”

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