Kingspan Insulated Metal Panels Taking Flight in Aviation Buildings

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Insulated metal panels are ready for takeoff at airport terminals and facilities around the globe. Thermal performance, durability, ease of installation, sustainability, modern aesthetics, and design flexibility are just a few of the reasons insulated metal panels are widely being used in new airport construction and remodeling projects. To achieve the goal of creating innovative airport buildings, architects are selecting materials like Kingspan’s insulated metal panel technology that deliver on all of these features.
Durability and speed
The Alaska Airlines Hangar project is one example of the importance of durability and speed in aviation facility construction. Material choices for this project needed to be quick to install to contend with Alaska’s shortened construction season and stand up to the elements including long, freezing, snowy winters. This project used 72,000 square feet of Kingspan KS Micro-Rib insulated metal panels which were rapidly installed to enclose the building, allowing temperature sensitive work inside the building, like painting and concrete to move forward on schedule.
San Francisco Airport Kingspan
Airports are increasingly going green to reduce the industry’s environmental impact. To help meet sustainability goals and reduce carbon emissions, this sector is integrating sustainable and circularly sourced materials into designs. Kingspan panels help building owners pursuing LEED certification by earning points for energy modeling and reducing energy use, energy intensity, recycled content and volatile organic compounds.
Kingspan panels helped San Francisco International Airport become the first airport in the world to become a certified net zero energy facility, in addition to receiving LEED Gold certification. The SFO Consolidated Administration Campus (CAC) was finished in 2019. The building includes four departments – administration, landside, terminal and airside operations.
The CAC used more than 55,000-sqaure-feet of Designwall 2000 insulated metal panels. The design of the CAC building included custom sizes and widths of the panels in three different colors, allowing architects to fulfill design goals, but even more importantly, played a vital role in allowing the airport to achieve its energy conservation targets.
“The building is net zero energy capable with a modeled energy use intensity score of 25, so the internal systems and exterior envelope were designed holistically to support those goals,” said Sarah Rege, senior project manager at Perkins + Will.
Nashville Airport Insulated Metal Panels
Sustainability is also a stand-out feature of Nashville International Airport’s brand-new Concourse D. The new Nashville International Airport (known as BNA) Concourse D achieved LEED Silver certification. It is one of only five newly constructed airport facilities in the United States, and one of nine airport facilities worldwide, to earn the distinction of LEED Silver under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) rigorous LEED v4 standards.
The usage of 58,127-square-feet of Kingspan Designwall 2000 and Designwall 4000 insulated metal panels made with QuadCore® technology helped BNA’s Concourse D meet its carbon reduction goals. In a recent study, wall systems using insulated metal panels made with QuadCore® contained 28% less embodied carbon when compared to traditional concrete wall systems such as precast and tilt-up. QuadCore® technology is also GREENGUARD Gold certified and is Red List Free classified, which optimizes passenger health and safety.
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Modern aesthetics and design flexibility
Modern design aesthetics and design flexibility in building construction plays a central role in helping portray brand image today. Architects are increasingly using insulated metal panels to visually communicate that image in airport building design.
In the Alaska Airlines Hangar project, architects were challenged to capture the airlines’ distinct brand image. They turned to Kingspan to create insulated metal panels in a specific shade of blue that met the branding requirements of the airline. Kingspan tested several colors to come up with a custom color that was a perfect match.
Because Kingspan insulated metal panels come in a wide range of panel lengths, widths, core thicknesses, color options and finishes and can be installed vertically or horizontally, they can be easily integrated into airport designs to help communicate brand image and identity.
Airport terminals, hangars and other aviation facilities require materials that are durable and easy to install, sustainable and offer modern aesthetics and design flexibility. Kingspan’s best-in-class insulated metal panels deliver on all of these requirements and more.

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