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Prep school’s new building beautifully blends brick, wood, metal

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Ivy Street Center is the first new academic building on the Marist School campus in more than 20 years, and is the signature project in Phase 1 of the Campus Master Plan. Marist School is a private Roman Catholic college preparatory school located in Brookhaven, Ga. The new Ivy Street Center is a $14 million, three-story, eco-friendly structure featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, faculty offices, collaborative meeting spaces and sports facilities.


PAC-CLAD was specified for both roofing and wall applications on the new 55,000 sq. ft. building, which serves as home for the mathematics and English departments. Marist School administrators desired a building that is both extroverted and transparent, expressing the schools’ missions of community service, respect for the environment and development of the student as a well-rounded person. The transparency continues on the building’s interior, helping foster programs of collaboration and team-based learning.


Approximately 6,000 sq. ft. of PAC-CLAD Tite-Loc Plus roofing panels and 6,000 sq. ft. of M-36 wall panels were utilized to help accomplish the design objectives. All panels were finished with Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings Fluropon Silver. The metal wall panels accent the brick façade of the building and the wood boards that form the roof of the overhang that covers the loading/unloading area in front of the main entrance.


All panels were manufactured at Petersen Aluminum’s Acworth, Ga., plant and distributed by Commercial Roofing Specialties in College Park, Ga. Installation of the Tite-Loc Plus roofing panels was done by Saco Systems in Suwanee, Ga. The M-36 wall panels were installed by Seco Architectural Systems in Snellville, Ga. Architectural design was created by S/L/A/M Collaborative, Atlanta.


The building’s name pays homage to Marist’s original campus, a three-story schoolhouse on Ivy Street (now Peachtree Center Avenue) in downtown Atlanta.