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Metal roof panels used as wall panels on Texas dental building

The new home of Amarillo Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center in Amarillo, Texas, sports a creative design that appeals to patients as well as anyone who drives by. Created by Playa Design Studio, also in Amarillo, the structure features two overhanging canopy “wings” at diagonal corners of the dental office building that mark the entrances and contribute to the contemporary design.

Petersen Aluminum’s Snap-Clad panels were used to roof the large winged canopies in a traditional application. In an unusual but effective use of the PAC-CLAD material, the Snap-Clad panels were also specified by the architect for significant use as wall panels to accent and complement the EIFS facade. Approximately 9,100 sq. ft. of 24-gauge Snap-Clad panels finished in Weathered Zinc were utilized. All panels were manufactured at Petersen Aluminum’s Tyler, Texas plant.

Installation of the PAC-CLAD material was completed by Tecta America, Amarillo. The Tecta Amarillo office purchases nearly all of its metal from Petersen Aluminum according to project manager Ryan Kuxhausen. “The use of the Snap-Clad panels in a wall application was definitely unusual,” Kuxhausen said. “But the vertical installation of the panels really provides a great modern look.”

The contemporary design is made even more unusual with the placement of a life-size sculpture of a horse that is prominently positioned near the entrance. The highly polished sculpture is lit with color lights that change with the holiday or event. “The horse was red, white and blue at the 4th of July,” Kuxhausen said. “The owner has a lot of fun with it. And everyone loves the building.”