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May 05, 2020 |

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Two Schools Go for Bold Color and Eye-Catching Design

Metal wall panel systems are affordable, easy-to-install and offer endless design opportunities. With a variety of finishes and rib patterns, they can be used alone or in combination to create attractive lines and shadows for the exterior of any building. Additionally, aluminum wall panels can be perforated for use in equipment screen applications or over graphics.

Del Valle High School

The new Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) on the campus of Del Valle High School in Del Valle, Texas, includes some very high-tech features. These include a health-science simulation lab and mock courtroom, along with automotive-repair and welding facilities. School administrators wanted an exterior that would reflect their future-focused programs and maintain its good looks over time. Metal cladding panels met both these requirements, and, as appropriate for the school’s mission, installers had to call on their own technical skills to put them into place. 

Del Valle’s CTEC is a 64,000 sq. ft., two-story facility that upgrades the school’s career-focused programming. Students are able to earn 23 different industry-recognized certifications and even college credit hours in a range of subject areas. Approximately 2,000 of the school’s 3,330 students take some classes in the center.

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With the sophistication and expense required to outfit the school’s interior spaces, designers with Austin, Texas-based Pfluger Architects needed to specify economical exterior materials. The combination of masonry and metal wall panels they chose ties the CTEC to the existing high school and to the recently added fine arts and athletics facilities – also designed by Pfluger. They specified Petersen’s PAC-CLAD Highline S1 panels to clad the upper two-thirds of the structure. The mix of finishes and profiles add visual interest and a high-tech appeal, with colors that pop and installation detailing that creates unique shadow effects.

For example, 0.22-gauge steel panels in three custom red finishes – Cardinal, Ron and Tor – clad protruding window bays, a corner stairwell and the automotive bays. The rows of vertically mounted panels in alternating finishes create a shadow-suggesting ripple effect. Most of the remaining wall surface is clad in similar, horizontally running panels featuring a Bone White finish, with the panels that define the window areas finished in Cityscape. `

All of the panels are installed at varying depth, which enhances shadowing throughout the day. According to Dallas Goodman, representative with the installing Texas Roofing Co. of Round Rock, Texas, designers specified the red panels to be installed 2 in. from the exterior substrate, with the Cityscape panels 3 in. from the substrate and Bone panels 7 in. from the substrate.

“In the initial design stage, we discussed what they were looking for and the depth of the panels,” he said. “The red panels repeat a pattern every fifty-second panel, and the architect had that on the drawings.”

The process of ensuring all of the panels were installed at the correct distance from the substrate wall was a new experience for Goodman. “Typically, you might have a fascia band” with a similar effect, he said. “But something like this – this is the first I’ve done.”

In total, 40,300 sq. ft. of Petersen’s PAC-CLAD wall panels were used in the project, along with 3,500 sq. ft. of 24-gauge steel Tite-Loc Plus standing seam panels used as canopy roofing over the school’s automotive bays. Goodman says the company played a key role in the project’s success.

“Petersen did our shop drawings,” he said. “All of it was custom-run, except the Bone White and Cityscape panels, so they were integral in making sure we had what we needed, onsite, when we needed it.”

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Doris M. Reed Elementary School

The Doris M. Reed Elementary School in Las Vegas was on a fast track: the design contract was signed in June 2017 and the new building welcomed its first students in August of the next year. Despite what was obviously a speedy construction schedule, the finished structure features a strong sense of style. 

Designed by architects from Gensler’s Las Vegas office, the façade incorporates a standard palette of public-school materials: concrete masonry units and metal wall panels. But the end result is anything but generic, thanks to the dynamic dimensionality created through the use of bump-outs and overhangs and layered masonry courses. Then there’s the prominence of a particularly vibrant blue hue – the signature color of the school’s Roadrunner team-sports mascot.

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For the custom blue wall panel-cladded window bays and the building’s entrance, Gensler’s designers opted for Petersen’s PAC-CLAD Precision Series HWP panels in 24-gauge steel. While a different manufacturer’s product initially was specified, installers with Andy Russo Jr. Inc., recommended a switch to a company whose products they knew and trusted.

“I offered Petersen, and they accepted,” says Andy Russo, Jr., owner of the company that bears his name. “I’ve been dealing with Petersen since the early 1990s. I like their material, and any issues I’ve ever had, they’ve taken care of.”

Russo’s crew performed some custom work to bring the project together, including fabricating the perforated panels used to shelter an exterior staircase. “We custom-made our miters, and we had flashing and counter flashing where we tied into the block,” Russo says. Further craftsmanship can be seen in the lack of seams across the panels’ 45-ft. runs. “Other than the outside miter, we did it all as continuous-length.”

For more information on metal wall panel systems, visit PAC-CLAD.


Phone: 800-PAC-CLAD




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