More than 8,000 square feet of Metal Sales’ metal wall and soffit panels have been installed in the 83,590-square-foot, sustainably designed Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center in Tacoma, Wash.

The project was completed ahead of schedule and 20 percent under budget, achieving a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-gold rating by scoring highly in the construction waste management, indoor air quality and recycled materials categories.

Metal Sales says its Energy Star-listed paint colors reflect a significant amount of solar heat energy and reduce the amount of energy needed for cooling. The panels are 100 percent recyclable and contain up to 30 percent recycled material, according to the metal panels provider.

“Metal Sales panels were specified because they offer superior appearance and performance compared to standard metal building wall panels,” said Mike MacDonald, project manager at CHG Building Systems, which put up the metal frame. “The panels were compatible with the metal building frame and ultimately provide excellent performance.”

The Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center was designed by J.R. Miller & Associates in Brea, Calif. It was named the Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association and received a 2012 Award of Merit from the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association. The project team included general contractor JE Dunn Construction Co. of Portland, Ore., and HDR Engineering of Omaha, Neb.

Varco Pruden Buildings of Memphis provided the metal frame.