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Only a double-lock metal roof will suffice for Florida county building

The new 63,500 sq. ft. administration center for Okaloosa County, Fla., replaces an outdated courthouse annex complex in Shalimar, Fla. Initially, DAG Architects in Destin, Fla., and its design-build partner Lord & Son Construction were hired to renovate the annex to bring it up to code compliance and improve security. However, after a detailed evaluation, it was determined to be more cost effective to replace the old building with one that better met the requirements of the County’s staff.

The three-story building is topped with approximately 33,000 sq. ft. of PAC-CLAD Tite-Loc Plus .032-in. aluminum panels finished in Cool Color Bone White. The Petersen panels meet Florida Product Approval and Miami Dade NOA wind uplift requirements. The Tite-Loc Plus panels were factory-formed to length at Petersen’s Acworth, Ga., plant and field-seamed to a 180-degree lock. The 58-ft.-long panels were crane-lifted directly to the roof.

Installation of the Petersen roof was performed by Sheet Metal Masters in Pensacola. The Tite-Loc Plus panels were specified for the job, said Sheet Metal Masters President Billy Cockrell. “Tite-Loc Plus is a common profile here in Florida because it’s double-lock seamed and has stronger wind uplift criteria,” Cockrell said. “It’s also excellent as far as water-tightness.”

Sheet Metal Masters has much experience with Petersen’s PAC-CLAD products. “Those guys are just wonderful to work with,” Cockrell said. “We’re proud to be associated with them. And they seem to work with the better contractors so it’s a win/win for everybody.”

Cockrell was also complimentary about the working relationship with general contractor Lord & Son Construction. “It was a fast-track job that turned out really nice,” Cockrell said.

The Petersen distributor on the project was Roofers Mart in Pensacola.