Contrarian Micro Textures Proud to Make Contribution to New U.S. Air Force Memorial 



Contrarian Micro Textures' InvariMatte® stainless steel finish played a role in the construction of the recently dedicated United States Air Force Memorial in Arlington, VA. Considered long overdue, the $50 million memorial serves as a national place of reverence and remembrance for America’s youngest military branch and the last to be so honored.

The new memorial, located on a promontory just west of the Pentagon, features three curved spires that arc up to nearly 300 feet in the air.

The memorial also includes an engraved glass wall saluting those who have died and a Guard House at its entrance, designed to provide security to the memorial. Contrarian’s InvariMatte® finish was used for the Guard House in keeping with the memorial’s overriding stainless steel motif.

“The amount of material we contributed to the overall memorial was very small,” said Jim Halliday, of Contrarian Metal Resources, “but the honor was a huge one for us as a company and for me personally. We are very proud to be associated with this national project.”

The U.S. Air Force Memorial was officially dedicated in October 2006, almost 60 years after the formation of the Air Force itself.

The monument was designed by famed architect James Ingo Freed, who was challenged to capture the concepts of sacrifice, valor and air. Freed, whose credits include the Ronald Reagan Building and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, chose to represent those abstract ideas with three slender spires, each having a different height, rising and curving away from each other. He hoped the image would mimic the sight of Air Force jets performing a “bomb burst” formation, such as the maneuver carried out by the Air Force Thunderbirds at air shows.

“Stainless steel was used throughout the project to represent material that, in fact, is used in aerospace manufacturing,” said Pete Lindquist, Vice President of the Air Force Memorial Foundation. “The architect was relating the medium in which the Air Force operates, open air and space.”

The Air Force Memorial Foundation, created in 1992 to raise funds for the memorial, says about 54,000 airmen have been killed in action while serving in the Air Force and its predecessor organizations. Until this structure was erected, the Air Force was the only branch of service without any memorial in the Washington, D.C. area commemorating its service to the nation.

InvariMatte® is a non-directional, low gloss, uniformly textured stainless steel finish designed for use in architectural applications. While its lower reflectivity lends itself to roofing applications, it can be applied to wall panels, coping and trim. The superb consistency of this finish results in excellent panel-to-panel matching. Since InvariMatte® has no coatings to deteriorate, it will last indefinitely with little maintenance. InvariMatte® is readily welded or soldered and available in coils and cut lengths up to 288 inches and widths ranging from 0.75 to 49 inches. Because stainless steel is dimensionally stable up to 2000-degrees Fahrenheit, InvariMatte® provides an added measure of protection in the event of a fire.
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Contrarian Micro Textures Spreads its Wings With Another Significant Airport Project 



Contrarian Micro Textures, a Pittsburgh-based, high-performance architectural metals company, is reinforcing its expertise in airport projects – and the advantages of stainless steel – with the near-completion of phase one of Terminal 2 at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, set to open this year. Contrarian Micro Textures' stainless steel matte finish, InvariMatte®, is being used for the 280,000-square-foot roof during phase one, and will be used for another 107,000 square feet of roof for phase two.

This $570-million project follows the announcement in November 2007 that Contrarian’s InvariMatte® finish is being used in the construction of what will become the world’s largest stainless steel roof at the New Doha International Airport in the State of Qatar.

The New Doha airport will partially open in 2009 – with completion set for 2015. At 2.1 million square feet, the new roof will exceed in size the currently largest stainless steel roof of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (1.614 million square feet).

Contrarian’s stainless steel finishes have been installed in a wide number of applications, including other airport projects in Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Detroit, Scottsdale, AZ, and the Jamaica Air-Train JFK Terminal.

Airport projects specify Contrarian’s stainless steel finishes primarily for their aesthetic value, glare resistance and longevity.

“Contrarian’s InvariMatte® finish is a perfect choice for airport construction because of the matt, non reflective finish,” said Dan McAuliffe, Engineering Manager for Merchant & Evans Inc. of Burlington, NJ, which manufactured the Zip Rib Structural Standing Seam roof system for the Raleigh-Durham project. “Plus, with it being stainless steel, its longevity is a given. It’s going to last for decades.”

Merchant & Evans, Inc.’s Zip Rib roof panels were job site-rolled to facilitate the 450-foot-long continuous length. The panels are manufactured as both 16-inches and 12-inches wide. The 12-inch panels are being installed two at each major column line providing an aesthetic contrast for the curved structural seam roof.

The architect for the Raleigh-Durham airport project is Fentress Architects of Denver. “Our design for Terminal 2’s roof was inspired by the rolling hills of North Carolina’s Piedmont region, said Curtis W. Fentress, FAIA, Principal-in-Charge of Design, Fentress Architects. “The rolling roof forms of the terminal, concourse and pedestrian bridge canopy recall these nearby hills. The roof’s metal was selected with a stainless steel finish for its exceptional qualities of durability, glare resistance, maintainability and its overall appearance.”

InvariMatte® is a non-directional, low gloss, uniformly textured stainless steel finish designed for use in architectural applications. While its lower reflectivity lends itself to roofing applications, it also can be applied to wall panels, coping and trim. The superb consistency of this finish results in excellent panel-to-panel matching. Since InvariMatte® has no coatings to deteriorate, it will last indefinitely with little maintenance. InvariMatte® is readily welded or soldered and available in coils and cut lengths up to 288 inches and widths ranging from 0.75 to 49 inches. Because stainless steel is dimensionally stable up to 2000-degrees Fahrenheit, InvariMatte® provides an added measure of protection in the event of a fire.

“InvariMatte® is a remarkable product that provides a sustainable, low glare appearance with excellent finish consistency’” said Halliday. “Other stainless steel finishes are simply too reflective to use in a glare-sensitive environment. Whereas painted metal may address the glare issue, InvariMatte®’s finely textured finish will stand the test of time without fading, all the while delivering stainless steel’s remarkable resistance to corrosion.”

Stainless Steel and Airports
Metal, particularly stainless steel, is showing up more frequently on newly-constructed airport exteriors across the country. The trend marks an important juncture for airport construction specifiers mindful that some metal products are less suitable for airport settings than others – those that have reflective properties, require paint, or corrode when exposed to jet fuel emissions. Not so with Contrarian Micro Textures’ InvariMatte®, a corrosion-resistant, uncoated stainless steel finish with low glare and a long life cycle.

In addition to sun, wind and precipitation, airport exteriors are continually exposed to jet fuel residue, earth-rumbling engines and the repercussions of heavy traffic. The materials used to construct these exteriors must stand up to these elements and maintain an aesthetic standard. Stainless steel accomplishes both goals.

InvariMatte® resists the threat of corrosion from atmospheric conditions and trapped moisture.

Data collected from the Nickel Development Institute indicates that aluminum, a common alternative to stainless steel, corrodes several times faster. While a layer of paint is effective for extending the life of an aluminum panel, it can actually have a detrimental effect on corrosion resistance if that layer is breached and moisture is trapped at the metal interface. Incidental damage to roof panels – punctures in the paint, or dents and dings – can easily occur from routine maintenance or weather events, such as hailstorms. If moisture and contaminants - like sulfur dioxide and chlorides - are trapped at the metal surface, rapid deterioration, known as crevice corrosion, will occur.

With InvariMatte®, no paint is needed, allowing the natural beauty of stainless steel to shine through.

Aside from physical damage done to them, painted surfaces do not stand up well in an airport environment because of jet fuel residue. Kerosene- based fuels will act as solvents when particles come in contact with painted exteriors. While some floor paint formulations are resistant to jet fuel, none is available for coil-coated applications. More to the point, however, is the fact that “resistance” to jet fuel does not equate with “imperviousness.” The InvariMatte finish is able to make the claim that it is impervious to jet fuel.

Low Glare
In addition to being visually uniform, Contrarian’s InvariMatte® has low reflectivity compared to typical stainless steel finishes. For that reason, it can be used on airports as prominently visible exterior walls and roofs with no risk of glare or reflection that could compromise a pilot’s sight. InvariMatte® has lower gloss (<20 at 85 degrees) than many paint finishes.

Reflectivity is a concern not only for pilots and airport personnel, but also for those who live and work in surrounding high-rise buildings and condominiums. “InvariMatte® is a sensible choice as a cladding material in dense urban environments,” said Halliday. “While all stainless steel addresses corrosion and paint failure concerns due to smog and jet fuel residue, some stainless steel finishes are just too bright to be used in glare-sensitive locations like transportation centers.”

Low Life Cycle Cost
Considering the high cost of service disruption at an air terminal, not to mention security issues, a permanent stainless steel roof system is a logical and cost-effective choice. While titanium will perform beautifully from a sustainability standpoint, it can be expensive in comparison to stainless steel. Likewise, a less costly alternative, aluminum, painted or not, requires maintenance or replacement at some point during its life cycle, which makes it more costly overall.

The appropriate grade of InvariMatte® stainless steel can be expected to last the useful life of an air terminal building with little maintenance. Gutters should be kept clear and panels may need to be cleaned for cosmetic reasons, but these are minimal necessities as compared to alternative products.
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Contrarian Micro Textures’ InvariMatte Stainless Steel Finish Selected for the New Addition to the Seacoast Campus of Roger Williams University 



Contrarian Micro Textures’ InvariMatte® stainless steel finish was selected for use as wall cladding and roofing on The Commons, the new student union at Roger Williams University (RWU) in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Contrarian’s InvariMatte® is a non-directional, uniformly textured stainless steel finish. Approximately 21,000 square feet of InvariMatte® was fabricated into flat lock wall and roof panels for The Commons. InvariMatte®, specified for its corrosion resistance, uniformity, and low-glare, and engineered to withstand the conditions of a seacoast environment, was an ideal choice for the waterfront campus.

RWU celebrated its 50th anniversary with the opening of The Commons, a 45,000 square-foot dining and meeting hall. The facility is set between the seacoast and a large green space on the campus.

Although the architectural form of The Commons is more modern than some of the campus originals, InvariMatte allows the new and old buildings to relate. According to Dr. Ulker Copur, Professor in the School of Architecture, “The red cladding on the School of Architecture reflects softly off the metal on The Commons. On the opposite side, stands the library, which features red brick. The reds in these buildings talk to each other in this way,” continues Dr. Copur, who used the working project as a learning tool, presenting drawings of the building to her architecture classes.

Goody Clancy and Associates, Boston, MA, served as architect and A&M Roofing and Sheet Metal, Andover, MA, as the fabricator and installer.
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Low Glare Metal Finish Chosen for Multimodal Transportation Center 



Contrarian Micro Textures' InvariMatte® stainless steel finish was selected for the construction of Jamaica AirTrain JFK Terminal, a $350 million multi modal transfer point that links the new light rail system from JFK International Airport to the Long Island Rail Road, New York City Transit subway lines, and ground transportation centers.

In 2001, construction began on the terminal, located in the Jamaica section of Queens, and was completed in 2006. The AirTrain terminal enables passenger connections to the AirTrain JFK system. The spacious and functional design features glass and aluminum curtain wall, terrazzo floors, stainless steel, granite, and veneer plaster walls, and durable stainless steel roof panels.

"InvariMatte® stainless steel was a great choice for the Jamaica AirTrain Terminal because of its uniform, low glare finish combined with perfect roof panel execution on the part of Overly Manufacturing, and an excellent design," explains Jim Halliday, of Contrarian Micro Textures. "The result is a beautiful and enduring piece of architecture."

"I've worked with Contrarian for many years and have always been pleased with the performance of their stainless steel finishes," says Jim Mersich manager of Overly Manufacturing. "Due to the surrounding hi-rise buildings and condominiums, and the fact that this is a multimodal transfer point, reflectivity was a concern. InvariMatte®’s low glare finish and uniformity were the perfect solutions."

Overly Manufacturing's Batten B Roof System allowed for the sweeping design of the terminal's portal roof structure. The system features an internal drainage component which removes any moisture that migrates into the system and carefully designed joints that allow for controlled expansion and contraction in all directions. The InvariMatte® stainless steel material was also used on the extensive platform roof areas.

"InvariMatte® is a sensible choice as a cladding material in dense urban environments," continues Halliday. "While stainless steel addresses corrosion and paint failure concerns due to smog and jet fuel residue, other stainless steel finishes are just too bright to be used in glare-sensitive locations like transportation centers. The uncoated InvariMatte® texture delivers the sustainability of stainless steel without concern for glare. The highly-engineered finish is also very uniform, which creates a beautiful installation."

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, served as the project's architects, a joint venture of Perini Corp. and Tutor-Saliba Corp., Peekskill, NY, served as the contractors, Overly Manufacturing, Greensburg, PA, as the system manufacturer, and Tuckahoe Metal & Roofing Co., Yonkers, NY, as the panel installer.

InvariMatte® is a non-directional, low gloss, uniformly textured stainless steel finish designed for use in architectural applications. While its lower reflectivity lends itself to roofing applications, it can be applied to wall panels, coping and trim. The superb consistency of this finish results in excellent panel-to-panel matching. Since InvariMatte® has no coatings to deteriorate, it will last indefinitely with little maintenance. InvariMatte® is readily welded or soldered and available in coils and cut lengths up to 288 inches and widths ranging from 0.75 to 49 inches. Because stainless steel is dimensionally stable up to 2000-degrees Fahrenheit, InvariMatte® provides an added measure of protection in the event of a fire. Contrarian Micro Textures offers a 30-year warranty on Grades 304, 304L, 316, and 316L.
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Contrarian Micro Textures Introduces InvariTone Stainless Steel Finish 



Contrarian Micro Textures, by Rigidized® Metals Corporation introduces InvariTone, a new stainless steel finish designed specifically for use in architectural applications.

“It became apparent that architects wanted a finish that was livelier than our InvariMatte® finish, designed for glare-sensitive applications, but not quite as reflective as our InvariLux finish, which is appropriate in high traffic areas,” explains Jim Halliday, of Contrarian Micro Textures. “This led to the development of InvariTone, which offers a moderate level of reflectivity, while maintaining a similar surface texture as the other two.”

InvariTone is a non-directional, moderate gloss, randomly textured finish that can be applied to roofing, wall panels, coping and trim. Since InvariTone has no coatings to deteriorate, it will last indefinitely with little maintenance.

“The superb consistency of this finish results in excellent panel-to-panel matching, approaching that of paint,” continues Halliday.

InvariTone is readily welded or soldered and available in coils and cut lengths up to 288 inches and widths ranging from 0.75 to 49 inches. Because stainless steel is dimensionally stable up to 2000-degrees Fahrenheit, InvariTone provides an added measure of protection in the event of a fire. Contrarian Micro Textures offers a 30-year warranty on Grades 304, 304L, 316 and 316L.

Contrarian Micro Textures’ Invari line of products has significantly less variability than commonly available materials. They outperform other metals in terms of finish quality, shape and performance. Most Invari products are manufactured in the United States, facilitating shorter lead times and better technical communication.
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