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Multiple metal-clad structures populate huge Florida city park

With its prestigious name, the village of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a largely uninhabited swamp and former Seminole hunting ground in Palm Beach County. Incorporated in 1959 following a massive drainage project, the developer insisted on including “Palm Beach” in the name and added his fondness for the stately royal palms of the area.

The now-thriving village has taken the same audacious approach with the opening of Royal Palm Beach Commons, a 167-acre park that has been nearly eight years in the making. Royal Palm Beach always conceived of the Commons as the village’s version of Central Park—a massive green gathering space offering something for everyone. Royal Palm Beach Commons incorporates active and passive spaces including a 17,000 sq. ft. sporting center, 20 pavilions of varying sizes, 22 lakes and 3.1 miles of paved pathways.

Approximately 27,500 sq. ft. of Petersen’s Snap-Clad panels provide the royal treatment for the roof of the sports complex as well as all pavilions, gatehouses and other structures throughout the park. The 22 gauge steel panels were finished in PAC-CLAD Cool Color Cityscape and fabricated at Petersen’s Acworth, Ga., plant.

Installation of the Snap-Clad panels was completed by L&W Roof Systems in Stuart, Fla. The amount of PAC-CLAD material utilized on the various structures ranged from as little as 150 sq. ft. to 2,000 sq. ft. The pavilion roofs were installed over tongue-in-groove decking and the roof of the main sports building was installed over an insulated steel deck, said Robert Bobo, project manager for L&W. “Most of the job was pretty straight-forward,” Bobo said, “but we did have to create a makeshift ramp to the second floor of the main building to get the 42’ panels up to where we needed them.”

L&W Roof Systems is a regular installer of PAC-CLAD profiles. “We use Petersen a lot. Everybody loves this job—especially the color. Cityscape was really a big hit,” Bobo said.

Architectural design for the project was created by IBI Group, Pompano Beach, Fla.
The Petersen distributor was ABC Supply Co., Lake Worth, Fla.