Live Chat Software

University Residence Hall Earns a Fairy Tale Ending

CENTRIA Insulated Metal Panels & Cladding Offer a Distinct Design Solution

Everybody loves an ugly duckling tale of transformation and triumph.

Michigan State University—or more specifically, their housing and hospitality subsidiary, Residential & Hospitality Services (RHS)—has a grand one in the form of Butterfield Hall, a student residence hall built in 1953 and home to several hundred Spartan undergrads.

Butterfield is part of the Brody Neighborhood, an on-campus community comprised of six residence halls. The Brody Neighborhood, not-so affectionately called "the Brojects" by MSU students, desperately needed a make-over. So RHS split the design work for the six buildings among three design firms, each receiving two projects.

Progressive AE, a global, full-service architecture and engineering firm based in nearby Grand Rapids, Mich. was awarded the assignment for Butterfield and a sister hall. Butterfield closed for renovation in May 2013 and reopened the following summer.


The reaction from students and staff?

"We were just invited to a project thank you a couple weeks ago," reports Lisa Warren, the Progressive AE project manager. "The RHS people told us Butterfield Hall is the students' and staff's favorite building of the six." Not only that, Butterfield was certified LEED Gold, a surprise distinction since Silver certification was expected.

A big factor in sparkling transformation was the sharp, crisp exterior finish provided by CENTRIA metal cladding. The Progressive AE design team specified 2,850 SF of Concept Series single-skin metal panels with MicroSeam® Corners and 3,250 SF of MetalWrapTM insulated composite backup panels, providing advanced thermal and moisture performance (ATMP®).

"We have a long history with CENTRIA," Chris Sholl, the Progressive AE construction administrator, observes. "We do a lot of mechanical penthouse systems. With CENTRIA insulated panels we don't have to worry about drywall or other insulation elements on the inside. The CENTRIA insulated panel is very effective, and we can utilize the corrugated CS-260 panel as the design element. The cleanness of the systems working in tandem is excellent."

Chris cites other reasons as well. "We like that CENTRIA offers special extrusions for detailing. That gives us the crisp, upscale quality we're looking for. It's architectural-level detail, not just a flat piece of metal slapped in there to cover a seam. It's well-detailed, engineered, and integrated."

Chris says CENTRIA systems are ideal for academic projects like Butterfield that must be finished before the fall semester. The panels can be installed during a Michigan winter and the installer's butyl sealants work in even low temperatures. Designers love all the finish options CENTRIA offers, too.

"We appreciate CENTRIA's attention to detail. Their reps are in our office working closely with the designers, who are very particular," Lisa says. "For bidding purposes, we identify a manufacturer or product as our ‘basis of design.' It's like a benchmark. Other firms may be listed as acceptable alternatives. CENTRIA has earned our basis of design designation."

Chris adds CENTRIA is specified across a wide array of Progressive AE projects. "Our designers are often mixing-in hard palettes of materials on the exteriors. Whether it's a backdrop or out front, there's always an element to bring in CENTRIA's panels.

"You could say it's part of the Progressive AE look."

Subscribe to MetalMag Essentials

Additional Features