[From COTE sponsor EPIC Metals]
The AIA awards the COTE Top Ten awards each year to projects that embody holistic design excellence. Through its dedication and commitment to sustainability, EPIC Metals, a steel roof and floor deck ceiling manufacturer has supplied systems to nine Top Ten projects awarded in the last several years.
In 2020, the U.S. Land Port of Entry, Columbus, New Mexico project was selected as a Top Ten award winner. One judge commented that “a port of entry is a challenging building type. The designers in the project not only met the challenge, but achieved more by showing us how the architecture of any kind can make human environments healthy and dignified,” further commenting that it is a “thoughtful, durable building made to last.” EPIC’s Envista® F4.5A is installed in this project.
The following additional projects that EPIC Metals supplied roof or floor deck ceiling systems were selected as COTE Top Ten projects:
- 2018, the San Francisco Art Institute, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California.
- 2018, the Sonoma Academy’s Janet Durgin Guild & Commons, Santa Rosa, California.
- 2016, the University of Wyoming, Visual Arts Facility in Laramie, Wyoming.
- 2013, the Marin Country Day School Learning Resource Center and Courtyard project in Corte Madera, California.
- 2012, the Iowa Utilities Board Office of Consumer Advocate Office Building project in Des Moines, Iowa.
- 2011, the Greensburg Schools/Kiowa County Schools in Greensburg, Kansas.
- 2007, the Global Ecology Research Center at Stanford University.
- 2001, the PNC Firstside Center project located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
During 2019, EPIC Metals became a Green Level Sponsor of COTE. Epic has supplied roof and floor deck ceiling systems to 338 LEED certified projects in forty states. EPIC’s products have an industry Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) by UL and many of our paint finishes can achieve a Declare Status of Red List Free. EPIC in 2010 added solar panels to the roof of its Main Office located outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and in 2014 became the first in the industry to manufacture steel roof and floor deck ceiling panels with solar power. In 2015, EPIC was the first manufacturer to use 3 WindStax® vertical axis wind turbines to generate electricity at one of its manufacturing locations.
EPIC Metals advocates the use of electric vehicles, and has installed seven SemaConnect® electric vehicle charging stations for their employees and visitors. Through August 2020 these EPIC charging stations in theory displaced the use of 5,649 gallons of gasoline. Through August 2020 EPIC has harvested 1,801,154 kWh of solar energy (enough to drive an electric car the circumference of the earth 158 times, a distance of 3,934,358 miles!).
The achievements that EPIC Metals has made would not have been possible without the architectural community’s continued specification of EPIC roof and floor deck ceiling systems. We at EPIC Metals are thankful to the architects that continue to specify EPIC products enabling us to evolve into a more sustainable company each year.