Case Study

Spokane International Airport Snow Removal Facility

Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation provides more than 81,000 square feet of metal roof and wall panels for the snow removal equipment building at Spokane International Airport in Spokane, Washington.

The 50,800 square foot snow removal equipment building includes nine equipment bays, a 5-ton bridge crane and a washing station for eight new 75-foot-long snow removal trucks. Adding to the function of the building, the aesthetic is more than that of a typical storage and maintenance facility. The look is sleek with clean lines, and topping the structure is a wave-like roof that looks like a ribbon in the wind. The roof’s design mimics the rolling hills of the surrounding landscape and its flow is symbolic of the movement of travel.

The design team had four goals in mind when designing the facility: meet current FAA airfield snow and ice clearance requirements, provide storage and maintenance space for new snow removal equipment, achieve LEED certification and use products that will withstand the Spokane weather conditions for several decades. To achieve these goals, the team chose to use metal roof and wall panels from Metal Sales™.

“The snow removal equipment facility required products that are sustainable, aesthetically appealing, durable and have a long life-cycle,” says Jim Cortner, Principal at Cortner Architectural Company. “We’ve worked with Metal Sales on past projects and know they offer wall and roof panels that fulfill these requirements.”

More than 56,000 square feet of Metal Sales 16-inch Magna-Loc standing seam roof panels with striations in a Dark Bronze finish, 18,400 square feet of IC72 wall panels in Slate Grey and Khaki, and 6,300 square feet of Soffit Panels in Dark Bronze outfit the facility. All Metal Sales panels have a long life span of 50 years or more, are 100% recyclable and contain a high percentage of recycled material – contributing to sustainable building goals, such as LEED. All panel colors from Metal Sales are ENERGY STAR® listed and can improve the energy efficiency of a building.

Metal Sales has 21 locations throughout the United States. The company’s highly-trained professionals offer comprehensive support, working with project managers, estimators, installers and engineers until each product application is successfully completed. Due to its 50 year history of maintaining this level of customer service, Metal Sales has developed long-lasting partnerships with its customers.

“Metal Sales provides the support we need, works with quality installers and provides a quality product, so I know they’re a company we can trust,” says Cortner. “The snow removal equipment facility is another successful project with Metal Sales.”

The project team for the snow removal equipment building at Spokane International Airport includes architect Cortner Architectural Company, Spokane, WA, and metal panel installer Krueger Sheet Metal, Spokane, WA. The building has since been awarded LEED Gold certification.

Project Details

Spokane International Airport Snow Removal Facility

Project Type: Aviation, Municipality/Public Works
Architect: Cortner Architectural Company