Mary Pretlow Branch Library

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Located at a historic trolley station site overlooking Chesapeake Bay, the new Mary Pretlow Anchor Branch Library in Virginia Beach, VA provides an iconic look for visitors and residents arriving at the bayfront. 

The roof of the structure features a wide array of slopes, levels and intricate details that create an impressive visual display.  A cupola tops off the building to add to the coastal feel.

Approximately 30,000 sq. ft. of PAC-CLAD .040” aluminum Silver Metallic Snap-Clad metal roofing panels provided the flexibility to meet demanding design objectives.  In addition to stunning aesthetics, the panels are rated to meet local windload requirements.  The Kynar 500 finish over the aluminum substrate also provides superior resistance to the elements in the coastal environment.

Design for the project was provided by The Design Collaborative, Virginia Beach.  “We had decided from the outset that the roof would be standing seam aluminum because of the salt air,” according to Ed Lazaron, principal and project architect.  “The building is on a spectacular site overlooking the shipping channel into the Bay.  The City Council wanted a ‘beach style’ look with a large, sheltering roof that would be compatible with the older houses along the beachfront.”

The design also called for an internal gutter system.  “It was a challenge because the overhangs were so large,” Lazaron said.  “We created a complex internal piping system that could be hidden in the roof structure.  The roof really provides the signature look that we wanted and the reaction from the community has been outstanding.”

Installation of the PAC-CLAD roof was done by Westar Roofing Corp., Virginia Beach.  The general contractor was Sun Bay Contracting Inc., Virginia Beach.

Snap-Clad Panel
Tite-Loc Panel
Tite-Loc Plus Panel
Snap-On Standing Seam Panel
High Snap-On Standing Seam Panel
Snap-On Batten Panel
Redi-Roof Standing Seam Panel
ColorGard® Snow Retention System
PAC-150 90° Single Lock
PAC-150 180° Double Lock
M-42 & M-36 Panels
7.2 Panel
1/2″ & 7/8″ Corrugated Panel
R-41 & R-36 Panels
Coil and Flat Sheet
Flashing and Trim
Custom Fabrication
Anodized Aluminum
Stainless Steel
PAC-750 Soffit
PAC-850 Soffit
Flush/Reveal Soffit
PAC-1000F Column Cover
PAC-1000C Column Cover
PAC-1000R Column Cover
PAC-2000F Column Cover
PAC-2000C Column Cover
PAC-2000R Column Cover
PAC SS Vented Eave & Intake Vent
PAC ECO Vented Fascia
PAC SS Rake Panel & Fascia
PAC SS Ridge Vents
PAC-TITE Angular Fascia
PAC-TITE WT Canted Fascia
PAC-TITE WT Extended Fascia
PAC-LOC Fascia
PAC Snap Edge Fascia
PAC Extended Snap Edge Fascia
PAC-TITE Gold Coping
PAC-Continuous Cleat Coping
Composite Wall Panels
Precision Series Wall Panels
Flush/Reveal Wall Panels