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CENTRIA® Helps Hospital in Asheville, NC, Open New Chapter in Health Care for the Region

Facility’s Design Included Multiple CENTRIA Solutions for Exterior Wall Panels

Publish Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Moon Township, PA, August 12, 2020CENTRIA®, leading innovator and manufacturer of the world’s most advanced building envelope wall and roof panels, played a substantial role in the design of the recently completed Mission Health North Tower in Asheville, NC.

A $400-million, 12-story facility, the newly constructed hospital includes 220 patient rooms, a 94-bed emergency room, interventional and cardiac catheterization suites and digital operating rooms, enabling doctors and nurses to deliver cutting-edge heath care to the community.

Architects specified several CENTRIA solutions for the recently occupied building to enhance the facility’s aesthetic appeal and ensure compliance with strict building codes related to energy efficiency and insulation.

CENTRIA’s Formawall Dimension covers 20,000 feet of the exterior of the two towers, which sit on either end of the new building and encase both elevators and staircases.

“Formawall’s vertical orientation coupled with its ability to deliver a modern, sleek look and its performance characteristics made it the optimal solution for this part of the building,” said Julie Schessler, product manager, CENTRIA.

CENTRIA’s Formawall high-performance building envelope system consolidates six wall components into one product for distinct architectural profiles in both horizontal and vertical orientations. Formawall comes with concealed clips, fasteners and sealants with insulated metal vertical joints and a pressure-equalized side joint to help prevent water infiltration. The panels are factory foamed in place, minimizing the potential for gaps within the panel. They also integrate with most glass wall, window and CS louver systems.

CENTRIA’s MetalWrap insulated composite backup wall panels proved to be the ideal weather barrier behind decorative louvers at the crown of the building.

“In one step, you have an insulated weather barrier behind louvers. When the louvers did go on, the building was already dry. It was a time saver in that regard,” said Joe Creighton, president of SECO Architectural Systems. “It’s really easy to install. Very user friendly.”

MetalWrap insulated composite backup wall panels serve as the ultimate backup wall system for nearly any type of exterior rainscreen. The solution consists of two steel skins that are permanently bonded to a poured-in-place foam insulating core.

In addition, architects chose CENTRIA’s Concept Series single-skin wall panels in a variety of places on the building’s podium (between the two towers). The Concept panels have a ribbed profile, which created a visual contrast with masonry used on that part of the building. Concept panels feature concealed fasteners and a common-lock joint that allows the panels to be integrated with each other. They can be installed vertically and horizontally with an unbroken appearance, adding to the product’s aesthetic versatility.

Mission Health North Tower officially opened to the public in late 2019.


CENTRIA innovations in architectural metal wall and roof systems are helping building teams envision metal as the future of the building envelope. From inspiration through installation, CENTRIA provides the highest level of expertise including service and support from an elite Dealer Network. Based in Pittsburgh (Moon Township, Pa.), CENTRIA metal architectural systems are the perfect combination of science and aesthetics, offering advanced thermal and moisture protection technology, the broadest spectrum of design options, truly integrated components, and superior sustainability. CENTRIA is part of the Cornerstone Building Brands family. Visit us at www.centria.com.

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