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Metal panels create streamlined good looks at new medical building

DeSoto County is Mississippi’s fastest growing county, and construction there is booming. A case in point is the city of Southaven, an easy commute to nearby Memphis, Tenn., which saw its population grow by more than 87% between 2000 and 2022, according to U.S. census records. With this increase has come greater healthcare demands and, as a new consolidated cancer treatment center illustrates, area hospitals are stepping up to meet the demand. The building features a contemporary design with metal architectural panels playing a starring role. Designers used the material to create a signature look without stretching the client’s budget.

The 86,000-sq.-ft. building is located on the Desoto Campus of Southaven’s Baptist Memorial Health Care. It brings together surgical oncology, outpatient cancer treatment and pulmonary specialist offices along with a general urgent care facility. Related imaging capabilities also are onsite. Additionally, locals can access urgent and primary care and drive-up treatment at the new facility.

Designers with Ridgeland, Miss.-based Dean Architecture stuck with a pared-back materials palette of brick, glass curtainwall and a metal architectural wall system in two profiles for the building’s exterior. Supplied by Petersen, the panels include 7,279 sq. ft. of the company’s 24-gauge steel PAC-CLAD Box Rib 4 panels, finished in Zinc, installed horizontally to create a clean-lined, contemporary presence. Petersen’s Flush panels, also in 24-gauge steel and the same Zinc finish, help cap and outline the facility’s separate service areas.

The Box Rib panels are available in several other profiles in a variety of rib patterns; and, they are engineered for easy combination with other panel styles in Petersen’s Precision Series portfolio. All Precision Series products can be installed horizontally or vertically and in aluminum as well as steel.