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Wall panel combo creates colorful exterior for Georgia rec center

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Completion of a major renovation and expansion of the Rosa Jackson Recreation Center in the historic Fort Hill area of Macon, Ga., has been met with rave reviews. The facility now includes a new multi-purpose room, gymnasium, computer lab, playground and other amenities to help make the center a family destination in the east Macon area.

Driving the design was W/M2A Architects in Macon, Ga. Aluminum composite material originally was considered for the exterior but the cost was determined to be prohibitive. As a result, a complementary combination of three PAC-CLAD exposed fastener profiles was specified. Approximately 8,000 sq. ft. of Petersen’s 7/8-in. Corrugated, 7.2 Panels and M-36 Panels finished in Bone White, Cardinal Red and Cityscape respectively were installed.

Installation of the wall panels was completed by Southeast Roofing Solutions in Macon. SRS is a frequent user of Petersen’s PAC-CLAD systems. “If Petersen meets the specifications and I can use them, that’s who I’m going with. It makes my life easier because I’ve been using their material for years. There’s always someone to call if I have a question or an issue—they’re very responsive,” said SRS’ Mike Kitchens.

Kitchens noted the use of multiple cladding profiles. “Designers seem to like mixing exposed fastener systems with concealed fastener panels. Intertwining them often times seems to meet design aesthetic requirements,” he said.

Architect of record Charles Green agreed with Kitchens’ assessment of exposed fastener panel applications. “We’re seeing corrugated and other exposed fastener systems as important design elements for wall cladding. The PAC-CLAD profiles were superb for this application. Everyone was really pleased with the way it turned out. It was a successful job and the finished project is quite handsome,” Green said, who also appreciates the durability of the Petersen panels which look like new long after installation, he added.

The community provided a plenty of input regarding the building’s design. “We developed a community wish list and followed it faithfully,” Green said. “Better yet, the project came in under budget and was completed ahead of schedule. It was a win/win for everybody.”

The general contractor on the project was International City Builders in Macon. The Petersen distributor was Commercial Roofing Specialties.

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