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New “outpost” of Atlanta Botanical Garden includes metal roof

The Atlanta Botanical Garden has expanded to include an “outpost” location in Gainesville, Ga., about an hour and a half north of the Garden’s home in midtown Atlanta. The newly opened Smithgall Woodland Garden is sited on a rural 168 acres and is destined to become one of the largest and most diverse gardens in the country. Phase 1 includes a serpentine and wooded entry road, visitor center, 2,000-seat amphitheater and five acres of display gardens.

The 5,000 sq. ft. visitor center features an event space and terrace that opens into the woods and adjacent pond area. The lobby serves as a control point for admission and visitor orientation.

Approximately 6,000 sq. ft. of PAC-CLAD Tite-Loc Plus 24 gauge steel panels finished in Musket Gray were specified to clad the roof. Tite-Loc Plus panels are factory-formed to length and each joint is field-seamed to a 180 degree lock. The panels have been designed for application over a wide variety of substrates on roof slopes as low as ½:12 pitch.

Architectural design for the center was created by Axios Architecture in Atlanta. Steve Robinson, project architect and principal-in-charge said, “The roof was always meant to be metal. PAC-CLAD made sense from an aesthetic and durability standpoint. And the trapezoidal-shaped, cantilevered overhang at the entrance introduces a modern vernacular.”

Installation of the PAC-CLAD panels was done by Pierre Construction Group, Stone Mountain, Ga.

The Smithgall Woodland Garden is on land donated to the Atlanta Botanical Garden by prominent Gainesville residents Lessie Smithgall and her late husband Charles Smithgall.