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Contractor in the News: MG McGrath Honored for Speed Art Museum Work

May 31, 2018

McGrath_Speed Art MuseumThe Metal Construction Association recently presented the Chairman’s Award to SMACNA member MG McGrath, Maplewood, Minnesota, for their sleek wall panel work on the renovation to the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.

The $60 million renovation included the addition of two new buildings, expanded the museum to 62,500 square feet, which included new exhibit space, a café, and an events pavilion. Designed by wHY Architecture, the museum is considered a work of art itself.

MG McGrath fabricated and installed 40,000-square feet of custom-patterned wall panel systems for the new structures. They worked with the museum project team to fabricate and install a 485 square-foot aluminum composite wall panel system, a 19,540 square-foot custom corrugated aluminum panel system with a custom pattern, a 20,610 square-foot metal wrap insulated-core metal wall system, a 245 square-foot corrugated screen wall with aluminum wall panels, and aluminum fixed louvers.

The judges noted the visual language of the new project, which mirrored the original building, yet consisted of different materials, architecture, coloration, and texture.

Members can view a video of the art museum at