Metal panels help 50-year-old school shed decades of aging in $25 million makeover

Stratford Landing Elementary School has been an anchor in its Alexandria, Va., neighborhood for decades since it first opened its doors in 1964. While renovations had been made over the years, administrators with the Fairfax County Public Schools determined the facility was ready for a major makeover in 2015. Construction on the $25 million project took 22 months and was completed in spring 2018.

In addition to a new media center, office suite, and two-story addition, the school now sports an up-to-date look with PAC-CLAD metal roof and wall panels helping to pull the exterior plan together. Alexandria architect Rebecca L. G. Bostick kept the design palette simple, with masonry walls in classic terra cotta punctuated at cornice height with square glazed tiles in a complementary green. Almost all the PAC-CLAD panels – aside from the Bone White soffit – were specified in a matching Evergreen finish.

In all, installers with Beltsville, Md.-based Orndorff & Spaid installed more than 16,000 sq. ft. of Petersen’s PAC-CLAD products. These included 4,700 sq. ft. of PAC-150 roof panels finished in Evergreen color, plus 11,500 sq. ft. of Flush Panels finished in Evergreen and Bone White colors that were installed in wall, soffit and screen applications. R. J. Crowley Inc., of Laurel, Md., served as the project’s general contractor.