MCA Award For Education Honors Valspar as Part of Arkansas' Chaffin Junior High School Project Team

[September 2014]

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) 2014 Chairman’s Award will honor The Valspar Corporation for its contribution to Chaffin Junior High School’s colorful renovation and addition in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Recognized in the category of “Educational – Primary and Secondary,” the project features metal wall panels and custom, aluminum accents finished in Valspar’s 70% PVDF Fluropon® product.

MCA Award Chaffin Junior High
Chaffin Junior High

Matching the school’s colors – Hunter Green and Vegas Gold – Valspar’s coatings playfully distinguish the fresh façade, complementing and transforming the 45-year-old brick exterior. Opened in 1969, Chaffin Junior High School has continued to serve its growing community with little change to the original, brick box-shaped building. As enrollment doubled and teaching technology evolved, more space was required to serve the 872 students plus faculty, staff and community.

Fulfilling the Fort Smith Public Schools’ mission to provide “students a promising transition into the 21st century,” Architecture Plus, Inc. designed Chaffin Junior High School’s renovation and expansion. As part of this project, G.A.G. Builders, Inc. constructed a music and fine arts addition, completed in May 2013.

Modernization of the school also included blending a creative learning environment with the security and accessibility requirements of today’s k-12 facilities. Balancing visibility and vision, the exterior was updated with a secured entry tower and a bright and colorful metal façade.

Cladding the new addition and entry, the metal wall panel system was manufactured by Citadel Architectural Products, Inc., and installed by Architectural Glass and Metals. With respect to the school’s colors, the metal trim is finished by Citadel in Valspar’s Kendall Green.

Further defining Chaffin Junior High School’s distinctive appearance and entrance, Equus Metals, Inc. created the aluminum tube “baguette” system to accentuate the main entrance and public face of the school. These custom, ornamental metal elements were finished by the Texas Finishing Company using Valspar’s Fluropon in Gold Watch, Harvest Gold Seawolf, Coronado Red and Dark Green.

The annual MCA awards selected the Chaffin Junior High School project as an example highlighting innovation and creativity, while showcasing how metal products help achieve exceptional building designs. Valspar and the other building team members will be presented with the MCA Chairman’s Award during the METALCON Conference in Denver on Oct. 1.

Valspar’s contributions to Florida’s Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral’s color-changing, metal-clad exterior also will be honored in the category of Institutional Projects. Valspar previously was recognized with an MCA 2013 Chairman’s Award as part of the Central Arizona College, Maricopa Campus project team.

The MCA awards are selected from among the entries submitted to Metal Architecture Magazine's annual Design Awards Program. A judging panel comprised of experienced architects and industry professionals make the selections. Learn more about the MCA and its awards at

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