Metl-Span IMPs have a contemporary appearance for military eyewear producer

July 21, 2021

To say Galvion produces glasses would not do the company justice. Galvion "utilizes a robust design to deliver protective eyewear solutions that save lives" for use by the military and law enforcement. The company's new manufacturing and office facility in Portsmouth, N.H., constructed with insulated metal panels from Metl-Span, reflects that bold and durable design.

"The goal was to ensure consistency with the branding of Galvion products," says Mallory Mae Conway, Architect, Director for Jodoin, Lamarre, Pratte Architects Inc. in Montreal. "Galvion is focused on its eyewear line, so the insulated metal panels and aluminum composite material (ACM) helped us achieve a contemporary look; the panels are very smooth, as opposed to the rough finish of a concrete or stucco material."

Conway says the front of the building contains a crease in the metal to represent the folded elements consistent with the company’s branding. "The availability of bright green and the grays for the metal panels allowed us to easily match the corporate colors," she says. "You can't do that with other materials."

Seacoast Crane & Building Company of Kittery, Maine, installed the insulated metal panels and the ACM that make up the colorful façade of the Galvion building.

"We've been doing more and more work with insulated metal panels the last 4-5 years," says Bill Belanger, project manager at Seacoast Crane & Building. "Up here in New England, it's become a trend; there are a lot of large warehouse-type buildings. I think the growing popularity of insulated metal panels has a lot to do with the energy codes. Insulated metal panels allow you to achieve almost any R-value you want."