New sloped metal roof rejuvenates student health center

The Student Health Center at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala., now has a welcoming new appearance as it serves the University’s 16,000 students. Previously a flat-roofed structure with little aesthetic appeal, the Center now is highlighted with a sloped roof utilizing Petersen’s Snap-Clad Panels.

The renovation was undertaken by Thomas Roofing in Mobile, Ala. Approximately 10,500 sq. ft. of PAC-CLAD 24 gauge, 16-in. Snap-Clad Panels finished in Slate Gray were installed along with 400 sq. ft. of factory-curved PAC-150 standing seam panels that cover the main entrance. PAC-150 is a mechanically seamed panel that is produced only at Petersen’s Acworth, Ga., and Annapolis Junction, Md., plants and combines semi-structural metal panel performance with architectural panel aesthetics.

“The University considered several options for replacing the 20-year-old, leaking roof,” said Ray Bing, project manager at Thomas Roofing, “but they decided to ‘spruce it up’ with a nice sloped roof to be consistent with the modernization of the campus.”

Thomas Roofing tore off the old flat roof down to the concrete deck and constructed new trusses. “Petersen did the engineering calculations based on the trusses and decking,” Bing said. “We did our clip spacing based on those calculations to meet the necessary wind uplift specifications.”

Bing said Thomas Roofing has a long history with Petersen and was quite complimentary about Dave Landis, Petersen’s architectural/technical sales manager based out of the Acworth, Ga., plant. “Anytime I have a question or need information, I can call Dave and get a quick, straight answer. We have a great relationship,” Bing said.

The Petersen distributor on the project was Roofers Mart in Theodore, Ala. Architectural design was provided by Brown Studio Architecture in Montgomery, Ala.