130-ft. double-lock metal panels are perfect choice for gymnasium’s curved roof

The popular 300-acre George Pierce Park in Gwinnett County, Ga., has become even more of an attraction with completion of a new 18,000-sq.-ft. gymnasium. The new facility includes a full-size basketball court, overlay courts for volleyball/badminton and an elevated indoor track. The park already features a football field, five soccer fields, nine baseball/softball fields and more than three miles of trails.

“This new gym will greatly enhance youth sports programming in northern Gwinnett County,” said Commissioner Jace Brooks.

The impressive facility is roofed with more than 20,000 sq. ft. of Petersen’s PAC-CLAD Tite-Loc Plus panels finished in Slate Gray. The 130-ft.-long striated panels were field-rolled at the job site by installing contractor Abuck Building Systems in Alpharetta, Ga.

“The long panels turned out to be quite a challenge,” said Abuck project manager Bill Kirby. “We had to literally hand-raise the panels with two basket lifts up to the end of the building. And it was a terribly tight job site with limited access and little space to lay out the panels.”

The radiused roof required the use of the Tite-Loc Plus profile. “It’s a 180° double-lock seam, so it’s there to stay,” Kirby said.

The striation of the panels also contributed to the success of the job. “The striations helped immensely,” Kirby said. “Typically with an installation over a curved surface—especially where you’re using straight panels and just letting them flex—there is some compression that can cause oil canning. But we didn’t have any issues with that. The PAC-CLAD striated panels worked very well and gave us a nice clean look.”

“We have a good relationship with Petersen. It’s a good company to do business with,” Kirby said.

The Petersen distributor was Commercial Roofing Specialties in College Park, Ga.