Public safety building’s metal façade makes strong statement

The new Public Safety Building at Frostburg State University is sited at the gateway to the University and represents the emphasis that public safety plays on the campus in Frostburg, Md. The single-story building replaces a nearly 60-year-old renovated elementary school that previously served as the campus police headquarters. The new facility includes administrative and public space, a communications/operations center and support service areas.

Designed by Design Collective in Baltimore, the 10,000-sq.-ft. structure has received LEED Silver designation.

Approximately 18,500 sq. ft. of Petersen’s PAC-CLAD panels in two profiles were specified to roof and clad the new building. Tite-Loc .032 aluminum standing seam panels were selected for the roof, while Flush Panels interface with masonry to create the exterior facade. Both profiles were finished in Charcoal color and manufactured at Petersen’s plant in Annapolis Junction, Md.

Installation of the panels was completed by Hite Roofing in Cumberland, Md. “The building is the first one you see when you drive on campus and the college loves it,” said Randy Rice, owner of Hite Roofing. “It was a relatively straight-forward job—only 15 ft. off the ground—but we had to deal with a snowy situation during the installation in November and December.”

Rice commented further about the Tite-Loc Panels which have a factory-applied sealant bead for additional weather resistance. “The sealant in the seam eliminates a step right off the bat. And they snap together nicely. As long as you have correct measurements, Tite-Loc is an easy panel to work with,” Rice said.

The general contractor was Harbel Inc. in Cumberland, Md., and the Petersen distributor was Brock Associates in Pittsburgh.