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Free online continuing education

Steelscape is dedicated to the continuous education of the design and metal building communities as well as end-product users.  Steelscape has developed a range of tools designed to educate users of important considerations when designing metal roofs and walls.

AIA Continuous Education System

Earn Learning Credits


Format options:

  • On Demand (1 hr course) – available online through AEC Daily here.
  • Webinar (Hosted online) – Interact directly with experienced industry specialists. Requires a minimum of a 4-week advanced notification, subject to group minimum size (10) and presenter availability. Inquire using the Ask Steelscape functionality.
  • In Person – (Onsite) Available at either of our facilities, (Rancho Cucamonga, CA or Kalama, WA). Requires a minimum of a 4-week advanced notification, subject to group minimum size (10) and presenter availability. Inquire using the Ask Steelscape functionality. Includes a tour of steel production and coating facilities to see key course concepts in direct application.

Continuous Education Courses

Course Description:
The surface coating is the first line of defense in pre-painted metal, and one of the most important elements to consider as part of a metal purchase. Selecting the right coating, finish, and paint system can affect product lifespan, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appeal. This course discusses the composition of pre-painted metal, its application, performance, and also examines the building and environmental factors that may influence the type of paint system specified.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand pre-painted metal fundamentals, the paint application process and the advantages of this process relevant to exterior building applications.
  • Identify the three common types of paint systems, their differences, and appropriate applications.
  • Recognize the enhancement options available for pre-painted metal and how they can be modified specifically to project needs.
  • Identify pre-painted metal durability issues, their causes and applicable warranty considerations for end building users.

AIA CES Learning Units:
1.0 AIA/CES Learning Units/HSW/SD (No fee)
Earned credits are based on attendance and updated upon completion of the webinar.


During the live event, you will get a chance to participate in the Q&A with Michelle Vondran of Steelscape.

Michelle VondranMichelle Vondran is Technical Manager for NS BlueScope Coated Products, North America. Michelle graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. She started her career as a research chemist with Morton (later BASF) coil coatings with a focus on polymers. This position also included lab development as well as lab-to-production scale-up and manufacturing quality and process control.

Eventually, Michelle’s focus shifted to cool pigmentation where she brought the first cool coil coatings to market. She was active in the Cool Roof Rating Council and Energy Star Roofing Program. She joined Steelscape as a Quality Engineer for the Rancho Cucamonga, CA paint line. While there, she has held the Quality Systems Manager role and now, in her current position, as Technical Manager. She oversees quality systems and technical service for BlueScope Coated Products North America, which is comprised of Steelscape and ASC Profiles.

Michelle is an active member of the National Coil Coaters Association, sitting on the technical committee, as well as the Zinc Aluminum Coaters Association.

Course Description:

An Aluminum-Zinc metallic coating (Al-Zn), commonly known by the trade name Galvalume® or ZINCALUME®, reflects coated steel which is designed to provide superior, long lasting corrosion resistance. Aluminum-Zinc metallic coated roof products can come in many forms, including bare and painted products, and can be formed into a vast array of shapes and sizes including standing seam roofs, corrugated profiles, and stamped metal shingles. Today these products are used extensively throughout the US. This presentation provides an overview of this coating, its advantages as well as design and installation best practices.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand what an aluminum-zinc metallic steel coating is
  • Identify common aluminum-zinc metallic coated steel roof types
  • Recognize how to design an aluminum-zinc metallic coated steel roof for longevity
  • Appreciate how to install and maintain an aluminum-zinc coated steel roof for longevity

AIA CES Learning Units:
1.0 AIA/CES Learning Units (No fee)
Earned credits are based on attendance and updated upon completion of the webinar.

Understand The Basics Here

  • An Introduction to Pre-Painted Metal PDF | RTF
  • An Introduction to Metallic Coating PDF | RTF

Designscape Live: Educational videos

Designscape live is a multipart series covering important painted metal topics in brief video segments.   The series addresses a range of issues including paint systems, enhancement options, failures and warranty coverage. Subscribe to the Steelscape YouTube channel to stay up to date with the latest series updates.

Episode 2 explores how paint is applied to metal and why the pre-painting process creates a consistent, long-lasting product.

Episode 3 explores the important paint and finish layers that makes metal roof and walls durable and beautiful.

Episode 4 explores the importance of color as well as the differences between the Solar Reflectance Index (SRI), Gloss, and Light Reflectance Value (LRV).

Project Spotlights

The project spotlights below highlight Steelscape’s showcase projects that illustrate the vibrant metal finishes. You’ll be able to see the versatility of metal available in many shapes, sizes, and configurations.

Steelscape Design Inspiration | Skokomish Community Center

Designed to provide a safe and welcoming environment to the Twana community, this distinctive net-zero structure incorporates a gathering space, commercial kitchen, education space and a gymnasium. The vibrant Colonial Red roof and trim contrasts with the wood siding to provide a captivating, staunch structure that integrates with its surrounding wooded environment. The skillion style roof facilitates the extensive use of solar while also enabling the crisp, clean lines of the standing roof to be on prominent display.

Architect: 7 Directions
Builder: Pease Construction and Rognlins Inc.

Broadcast Apartments

The Broadcast Apartment complex stands out from its surroundings through the extensive use of Steelscape’s Vintage metal finish. Featuring 70 residential units and 4 live-work units, the complex features a variety of different wall panel forms to add texture and character to the flat surfaces of the structure. The timeless warmth of Vintage® provides a distinctive, evolving appearance that engages with natural light in a compelling way. Finished in 2017, the structure features a collection of different spaces incorporating apartments, retail space, rooftop entertainment options, and underground parking.

Architect: Johnson Oaklief Architecture and Planning
Builder: Trent Development

Innovative Finish Elevates This Mile High School

Serving up to 1,000 students, this 142,000 square-foot school provides a robust environment for students to learn and grow. Seeking to integrate with the golden colors of the surrounding mountain region, the design team used a corrugated wall profile in conjunction with Steelscape’s Sedona Rust. This printed rust pattern was used rather than using a true weathered product, which would continue to deteriorate in performance–alleviating the headache of ongoing maintenance by school administrators. Sedona Rust provides the same warm, oxidized glow but is supported by the peace of mind of a complete paint warranty.

Architect: Hord Coplan Macht
Builder: Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP)

Mother Neff State Park - Vintage by Steelscape

This new, limestone visitor center formed the centerpiece of the re-opening of Mother Neff State park following extensive upgrades in 2015. The design team chose the classic color and depth of Steelscape’s Vintage® to complement the mixed metal and stone facade. Designed to match existing historic structures within Texas’ oldest state park, Vintage’s ageless hue integrates the clean lines of modern roofing design with the unique texture of authentic stone.

Roofer: Port Enterprises and Roofcrafters

Fire Station 63

The expansive Central Pierce Fire and Rescue Station is designed to house one fire engine and one paramedic unit including crew living and support areas. Finishes were selected and designed based on sustainability, durability and integration into a broader mill concept. Steelscape’s Burnt Rust print in a corrugated profile was selected to add a warm, contrasting hue to other metal wall products while also integrating with wood accents.

Architect: RiceFregusMiller and TCA Architecture Planning
Contractor: SCF General Contractors Inc.

Take A Bow! Stunning New Performing Arts Center

This 29,000 square foot preforming arts hub was designed to set the bar for modern student resources. This expansive facility includes a 500-seat performance theatre, a 100-seat black box theatre, classrooms and more.
Winner of the 2018 42nd Annual Orchids & Onions Architectural Award, the charming patina of Steelscape’s Natural Antique Copper was chosen to provide a distinctive gleaming beacon for the school. This color selection also served to enhance integration with the broader pastel hues of this sun-kissed region.

Architect: Harley Ellis Devereaux

Vino Meets Virtue With Remarkable Metal Roof

Designed for a third generation winemaker, this memorable tasting room serves to cement the families winemaking legacy. Exuding a Tuscan charm, this premium venue creates a rich, memorable experience for visitors to the area.

The warm oxidized glow of Steelscape’s Sedona Rust was selected to provide a graceful roofline that contrasts with the light masonry siding yet perfectly suits the golden tones of the Central Coast wine region.

Architect: Vladimir Milosevic
Contractor: Rarig Construction

This STEM academy delivers an inspiring environment for hands on learning in science and technology. Consisting of the renovation of two existing buildings and the addition of a new structure, the facility provides the benchmark for the school district’s labs and classrooms.

Steelscape’s Vintage® was used in conjunction with a box-ribbed metal wall panel to add texture and complementary shadow lines to this modern structure. Vintage’s classic metallic hue interacts dynamically with natural light and blends exceptionally well with the mixed use of wood and masonry siding products.

Architect: Erickson McGovern
Contractor: Architectural Sheet Metal

Completed in 2018, Goodhaus is a Zero Net Energy home designed by and built for the principals of Atmosphere Design Build. Selected as Fine Homebuilding’s House 2018, this 2,300 sq ft family home embodies the designer’s passions of resiliency, efficiency, health and comfort, beauty and playfulness.

Steelscape’s Vintage® was used to achieve the design vision of ‘handmade modern’ and to complement the extensive use of natural cedar siding. Vintages dynamic hue contributes to the integration of the structure with the dense, natural environment of the surrounding Sierra foothills.

Architect: Atmosphere Design Build
Photo Credit: Kat Alves Photography

Opened in 2018, the Kalama Harbor Lodge expands the network of family-owned McMenamin brewpubs with this four-story, 30,000 sq. ft. hotel and restaurant. Nestled on the banks of the Columbia River, the lodge is modeled on the famous Pioneer Inn in Maui, a turn of the century, Lahaina building. This inspired design was chosen to complement McMenamins series of eclectic, captivating locations while also paying homage to one of the regions first settlers, John Kalama, originally from Maui.

Despite its historic appearance, this expansive hotel was built new from the ground up. The classic lines of the standing seam roof paired with a charismatic red hue, serve to provide a tasteful contrasting color to the lush surrounding environment while supporting the continuity of this historically influenced design.

Architect: Collins Architecture Group

This 2,000 square foot modern residential home is designed to optimize living space for a family of four within the modest confines of inner suburban Calgary. Deploying a structural beam and post framed design, this home creates the feeling of space through an open-plan layout and high vaulted ceilings. Large windows on both floors accentuate the open, spacious feeling.

The extensive use of standing seam metal cladding in Steelscape’s Slate Gray adds texture and distinct shadow lines while contributing to the modern aesthetic. This versatile color enables the unique integration between roof and siding surfaces. The muted hue also complements and accentuates the use of natural stained wood leading to a cohesive, memorable design.

Architect: Ryan Schmidt Architecture
Builder: Ironwood Building Corporation

Opened in October 2019, 7 years after it was originally envisioned, this shelter is designed to provide a warm atmosphere for 65 dogs, 55 cats, and other small animals. As the facility is heavily trafficked and requires frequent cleaning, metal was an obvious choice to reduce Operations & Maintenance budget impacts.

Genuine Steelscape steel was chosen for metal siding, roofing, and soffits to add visual interest, durability and for cost-effectiveness from both an environmental and capital cost perspective. To help convey the warm, fun, and inviting atmosphere, a bright custom yellow “Tuscan Sun” was chosen by a public forum. This was used in conjunction with contrasting Zinc Gray siding and roofing. This bright, modern color scheme blends well with the mixed-use of wood and brick to create a dramatic, contemporary design.

Architect: Eric Whole and Carolyn Natividad, LDA Partners
General Contractor: Robert E Boyer, Inc.

Nestled in the picturesque mountainside close to Aspen, Colorado, sits this stunning, modern single-family home. Appropriately called ‘Black Magic’, the home features an open floorplan and large windows of varying sizes to maximize the breathtaking views of this unique location.

Seeking to make a bold statement from its heavily wooded lot and earthy surroundings, the home features the extensive use of metal cladding in a dark solid hue. Corrugated metal wall panels add texture and visual appeal to the large squared surfaces, while also providing strength and resistance against the harsh Colorado winters. The use of similarly colored flush panels for accent pieces, add additional visual distinction to the structure.

Contractor: Rowland+Broughton Design Build

Situated in the sparse desert highlands at the base of the Eastern Sierra, sits this charismatic middle school. For this project, metal siding was selected to add depth and unique appeal to this expansive campus. Metal was the preferred material for this facade due to its color versatility, long term durability, and the confidence provided by metal’s lengthy finish warranties.

Pairing Steelscape’s Sedona Rust and Vintage, these finishes provide rich accent pieces that also integrate effectively with the desert hues of the Reno area and the earth tones of the masonry siding. Much like the desert landscape, these colors provide evolving color as the light changes throughout the day. Applied to standing-seam siding of varying widths, the panel ribs provide varied texture to the facade and capitalize on dynamic shadows to further accentuate the siding color.

Architect: Van Woert Bigotti Architects
Contractor: Core Construction
Photo Credit: Vance Fox

Surrounded by the towering peaks of the Rockies sits this inviting residential home near Aspen Colorado. The home features uninterrupted panoramic views and a steep gabled roof recently replaced with Steelscape’s Rustic Rawhide. The homeowners needed to replace their existing cedar shake roof with a durable system that would provide a Class A Fire Rating. When used in conjunction with the correct underlayment, Metal provides an excellent, high-performance solution that will last for decades. The homeowners had already decided on a standing seam metal roof but were undecided on color. When shown Rustic Rawhide samples they loved it right away. Rustic Rawhide offers a restrained color that complements the design features of the home with a texture that reduces the sheen of the large roof area.

With both visual appeal and outstanding performance, the home now features a roof as memorable as the views around it.

Roofer: Rich Acerra, Aspen Roofing Contractors

Design Insights

Steelscape has developed a series of design insights, outlined below, to detail the versatility of metal and provide inspiration for its application in modern building design.

Standing seam profiles make for an excellent wall siding product. For years, standing seam profiles have been the product of choice for stunning durable metal roofs. These products are chosen widely for their combination of continuous, uninterrupted lines and superior weather-tightness. Unlike other products, the fasteners of standing seam products are concealed, enabling dramatic clean shadows and accent lines, and superior long term performance. These panels are also highly versatile – panel rib spacing, the gap between raised seams, can be varied, enabling greater design freedom.

Use pre-painted metal to elevate multi-family housing appeal. Traditionally multi-family structures reflect large box-type shapes to maximize interior space and occupant comfort. These design restrictions can lead to uninspiring designs with large dull flat surfaces that do not integrate with their surrounding environment. Pre-painted metal forms an excellent siding option to lift structural appeal through color, contrast, and texture.

Interior metal accents offer a distinctive surface texture and a talking point for building users. Traditionally, pre-painted metal has not been used extensively in interior design. Advances in the range of products offered, the surface finishes available and the improvement of metal design resources have expanded the application of metal in interiors.

Building designers and homeowners alike love the visual appeal of rust and weathered metal. The earthy warmth of rust exudes charm, adds to a building’s stature and can improve its integration with its surrounding environment. Iron oxide produces a versatile aesthetic appearance featured in both rustic and modern design. However, by its very nature, rust is an undesirable attribute as it reflects the sustained degradation of performance. Rust can also have unsightly side effects including run-off which can lead to permanent stains in surrounding areas.

Corrugated metal has been used in agricultural applications for hundreds of years, yet it’s still featured heavily in modern building designs. As a highly versatile roof and wall profile, this product integrates exceptionally well with other materials, building styles, and other elements in the built environment. It’s also easy to manipulate in the field for different surface areas. A key advantage of a corrugated profile is that it’s curved, which cast soft shadows. As light hits the ridges throughout different stages of the day, this profile contributes to an evolving and evoking aesthetic appearance.

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