Posted November 13th, 2014 by Christy Serafini
Centria is a privately held manufacturing company that provides a wide range of exterior metal building products for commercial, industrial, and institutional building projects. More specifically, the company manufacturers engineered wall, roof, and floor systems; and supplies coil coating services. Centria prides itself in being an industry leader for over a century, and the company continues in its mission to provide high-quality Centria panel solutions to architects, contractors, and building owners.
Centria was founded in 1906, when H.H. Robertson launched a construction products company. Here Robertson oversaw the manufacture of corrosion-resistant metal wall and roof panels. The company was also responsible for patenting protected sheet metal. Within the next two decades, Robertson’s products became successful—successful enough to open the company’s first international factory in England in 1922. Within the next several years, the company—which came to be known as Centria—expanded to include architectural coating, electrified floor systems, and composite and corrugated metal sheets. They also established additional Centria panel manufacturing centers across the world; countries with such facilities include China and India.
Products and Services
Today Centria’s products and services are split into three categories: Architectural Systems, Coating Services, and HHR Floor Systems. The Architectural Systems category comprises the various wall and roof panel product line-ups. Wall panels comprises most of the products manufactured and provided by Centria; they consist of architectural metal insulated wall panel systems, Industrial Commercial Insulated Metal Panels, Metal Composite Material Wall Panel Systems, Modular Metal Panel Systems, Profile Series Metal Panels, and Insulated Composite Back-Up Panel Systems.
The roof panel systems consist of the Industrial Foam Panel, Profile Series Exposed Fastener Metal Roof Panels, SRS Standing Seam Metal Roof Panels, and Ventilation Systems. Centria’s coating systems consist of 12 brands, which include Allura, Duracast, Sundance, and Versacor. The HHR Floor System category refers to the in-floor cable distribution systems that are Cradle-to-Cradle Silver Certified and have been offered by the company since 1931. At Centria, well trained and experienced professionals help clients with specifications, product selection and budget estimating, advice on coatings and colors, and thermal modeling and structural analysis.
Centria is supported by an extensive dealer network, consisting of retailers from which clients can purchase the company’s metal wall and roof systems. Consisting of almost 100 members, the dealers in Centria’s network have the hands-on product and installation knowledge, culled from years of experience and extensive training. The retailers also provide clients with construction reviews, project pricing, bonding, and scheduling. A prime example of a Centria retailer is Wade Architectural Systems.
Founded in 1988 and based in Houston, the architectural firm has been involved in over 2,500 projects in the state and beyond, most of which involved Centria products. Some of the projects include the University of Texas Health Science Center’s School of Nursing, the Johnson Space Center’s NASA Building 20, and the SYSCO Foods headquarters. Other dealers include Blackwood Associates, Inc., The Jobin Organization, F.L. Crane & Son, Inc., and W.J. Coe & Company, Inc. Every year Centria holds the Dealer Project Excellence Awards to recognize outstanding projects accomplished with the use of the company’s metal wall and roof products. Winning projects include the Logan High School Performing Arts Center in Union City, California; the Devon Boathouse & Finish Line Tower in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and the Interurban Transit Partnership in Grand Rapids, Michigan.