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Student housing’s slick design achieved with metal flush panels

The new 650 Lincoln residence on the campus of University of South Carolina in Columbia offers upper classmen an apartment-style housing option. The private, two-phase project includes two separate buildings that offer a combined total of 412,000 sq. ft. of space to house nearly 900 students in fully furnished one- to four-bedroom units. Residential amenities include a clubroom, fitness center, internet café, game rooms and pedestrian connections to campus and nearby sports venues. The mixed-use development also offers ground-level retail and restaurant options.

A total of 20,000 sq. ft. of PAC-CLAD Flush Panels was installed horizontally on the two buildings. The 22 gauge panels were finished in Petersen Cool Color Cityscape. Installation of the PAC-CLAD material was completed by Pierre Construction Group in Stone Mountain, Ga.

“The 22 gauge panels were an excellent choice for the job,” said Mike Jones, Petersen’s technical/architectural sales representative covering Georgia and Tennessee. “Often times, designers want to use an aluminum composite material but find it’s too expensive and then go to a single skin and expect the same result. The 22 gauge material is a good solution that eliminates oil canning,” Jones explained.

Jones was complimentary about the work done by Pierre Construction Group. “The quality of the installer determines success,” Jones said. “The design team wanted to field-lap the panels to get the staggered joint look. That takes some skill, and Pierre’s installers made it work.”

Architectural design was provided by Ayers Saint Gross in Baltimore. The firm specializes in higher education projects.

The Petersen distributor on the project was Commercial Roofing Specialties (CRS) in College Park, Ga.