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Gas-flame blue metal roof, wall panels add pop to new multipurpose facility

Sevier County, Tenn., lies in the heart of Dolly Parton Country – the country music legend’s Dollywood theme park is located within the county’s boundaries. The county seat, Sevierville, also serves as a gateway of sorts for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with its entry just 10 miles away. Surrounded by such hospitality and natural beauty, it makes sense that a new multi-purpose building in the city would be designed to maximize both a sense of welcome and access to natural daylight and views.

Though it’s only 9,500 sq. ft., the new $3.5 million facility offers a range of options for both the owner – the Sevier County Utility District (SCUD), which provides natural gas service – and the local community. SCUD makes the space, which includes a commercial-style kitchen and a multifunction area along with utility offices, available to area organizations for meetings, parties and other gatherings.

Designers with Knoxville, Tenn.-based BarberMcMurry Architects were tasked with communicating a sense of welcome in their plans for the building. On the inside, this means extensive use of windows, with floor-to-ceiling glazing in the multifunction meeting area and clerestory units tucked under rooflines throughout the building. On the exterior, the upward tilting roof suggests openness to utility employees and customers, alike. Metal roof and wall panels establish a cheerful palette, with a prominent use of the company’s signature gas-flame blue.

While insulated metal panels originally were specified for the project, installers with Knoxville’s Baird and Wilson Sheetmetal proposed a switch to several of Petersen’s PAC-CLAD products, based on their cost effectiveness and finish quality. Now, 13,400 sq. ft. of Petersen’s 24-gauge steel Tite-Loc roof panels in Berkshire Blue finish top the structure. A combination of Flush Wall Panels, fascia and soffit carry that blue under the roof overhang and down onto the wall, where it serves as a colorful counterpoint to the main building’s more neutral brick and fiber-cement cladding. Finally, 3,500 sq. ft. of Snap-Clad panels in Musket Gray were used as wall cladding on two wings, which house a garage and building offices, respectively.