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Elk Grove Village, Ill. (Jan. 8, 2015) – The 20th and newest elementary school in Texas’ Pflugerville Independent School District opened for the 2014 school year to rave reviews from students, teachers and parents alike. The new building’s energy-efficient design made a special impression on school principal Christy Chandler. “The school’s amazing. I don’t know if there’s another one like it in the state,” she said.

Identified during construction as Pflugerville Elementary School #20, the 93,000 sq. ft. school officially became the Audrey and Leonard Deering Elementary honoring a Pflugerville couple that has been active in civic and educational interests. Located on more than 10 acres of land, the school has capacity for 800 students.

Nearly 11,000 sq. ft. of PAC-CLAD Rainscreen Composite Wall Panels were utilized as a strong design element in both exterior and interior applications. Petersen fabricated the panels using 4mm Reynobond® aluminum composite material (ACM) in Copper Metallic and Silver Metallic colors.

The composite wall panels were only 11¾-in. wide. That narrow-width panel is unusual for ACM, according to Josh Jacobi, the Petersen sales representative responsible for the project.  “ACM panels are normally significantly wider than that,” he said. “But these narrower panels met the design objectives of the architect.” Jacobi is based out of Petersen’s Tyler, Texas plant.

Architectural design for the school was created by SHW Group in Austin, Texas. The general contractor on the project was Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, also in Austin.