CENTRIA’s colorful Formawall envelope system creates unique aesthetic for Illinois high school

McHenry, IL

The addition at McHenry West High School in McHenry, Ill., became necessary with the consolidation of 10th through 12th graders at the west campus. The new area would focus on “science, technology and industry offering college and career-oriented pathways.”

CENTRIA’s Formawall Dimension Series building envelope system, in five colors, helped create a unique aesthetic for the addition.

“Two significant initiatives prompted the district’s vision for the addition,” says Jonathon Kuzynowski, project manager at Wold Architects & Engineers, a national leader in educational architecture. “The first was to create diverse opportunities for all students to find their passion and determine their trajectory after high school. Through uncovering the educational synergy between science, math and industry technologies, students can gain exposure to a wide range of potential career pathways. The second initiative was to consolidate 10th through 12th grade levels to a single campus and establish a freshman campus so equitable learning experiences could be offered to all students between the two existing schools.

“We shared the district’s goal of providing a facility that encourages exploration by supporting innovative program offerings and through intentional transparency into learning environments so students can participate in project-based and hands-on activities to pique their curiosities. The goal of the exterior design was to create architecture that embodies innovation and technology, emulating attributes that are core to the district’s curriculum and the learning environments inside.”

Metalworks of Chicago of Arlington Heights, Ill., installed just more than 18,200 square feet of CENTRIA’s Formawall Dimension Series building envelope system as part of the McHenry West High School three-story, 64,000-square-foot renovation and addition.

“There were a lot of modules, in eight different sizes, so it was a little like putting a puzzle together,” says Arthur Jazowski, Project Manager for Metalworks of Chicago. “There were five different colors, but it was shipped to us in such a way that the panels were numbered and stacked by elevation, so it was a lot easier to install panels in the correct order.”

The specified smooth Formawall modules were three inches thick with 22-gauge exterior metal panels and a PVDF Duragard® finish. Modules came in five colors: Chromium Gray (11,885 square feet with 10 horizontal and two vertical modules); Dove Gray (1,280 square feet with eight horizontal and two vertical modules); Midnight Bronze (3,900 square feet with three horizontal and three vertical modules); custom Special Orange (800 square feet with two modules); and custom Forceful Orange (250 square feet with two modules).

“CENTRIA offers a wide range of profiles, colors and styles of insulated metal panels that allowed us to tailor the aesthetic to the architecture and achieve our design goals of providing a building that emulates innovation and technology,” Kuzynowski says. “With the ability to choose custom colors, the building also shares school pride with the community seen by the exterior façade.

“The metal was instrumental because we wanted to introduce a new material that would symbolize innovation and provide a high-performance building envelope that also complemented the masonry and glass found in the palette of materials of the existing building.”

Jazowski said the only real obstacle facing the project was getting materials during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It all turned out great, thanks to the combined efforts of the project superintendent and the field manager,” he says. “If there were any questions, they reached out to me, and we got things figured out. I think everyone is happy with how it turned out. We definitely had longer than usual lead times, but that’s just the way things have gone during COVID.”

Formawall Dimension Series combines six wall components into one product, creating a high-performance building envelope wall system. Formawall features concealed clips, fasteners and sealants with a pressure-equalized joint to help prevent water infiltration. Panels can be installed vertically or horizontally and integrate easily with window, sunshades and louver systems.


CENTRIA, a Nucor company, innovations in architectural metal wall and roof systems are helping building teams around the world envision metal as the future of the building envelope. From inspiration through installation, CENTRIA provides the highest level of expertise including service and support from an elite Dealer Network. Based in Pittsburgh, its metal architectural systems are the perfect combination of science and aesthetics, offering advanced thermal and moisture protection technology, the broadest spectrum of design options, truly integrated components, and superior sustainability. CENTRIA invites you to explore the limitless possibilities metal provides for your next project at CENTRIA.com.

Architect: Wold Architects and Engineers, Palatine, Ill.

General Contractor: LAMP Incorporated, Elgin, Ill.

Installer: Metalworks of Chicago – Riddiford Roofing, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Supplier: Architectural Glass & Metal, Indianapolis

Completion Date: July 2021





  • Market Segment

    Education (K-12)

  • Architect Name

    Wold Architects and Engineers

  • Installer

    G & L Associates, Inc.

  • Contractor

    LAMP Incorporated