Metal Buildings Combine into Dealership
Multiple metal building systems, roofs and floors create
In eastern New York,
there's an expansive recreational vehicle (RV) dealership built
with multiple metal building systems. By abandoning the original
plan to construct the building with structural steel, the owners of
Albany RV in Latham, N.Y., reduced the total cost of the project
while maintaining requirements for spaces that accommodate a
variety of functions.
Latham-based Bette and Cring Construction Group proposed the
switch to metal building systems, in part to reduce cost. Six metal
building systems and four roof types were utilized for the
40,000-square-foot project, which was completed in October 2014.
Thomas Owens, PE, LEED AP BD+C, project manager at Bette and Cring
Construction, says this created various flashing details and
"For example, the standing seam metal roof ran into a vertical
EIFS wall, so there was a flashing there, and that had to be
figured out," Owens says. "In another spot, we had metal wall panel
that ran into a rubber roof. We had rubber roof running into EIFS,
and then we also had a different type of metal roofing running into
both EIFS and rubber roof. We had about five different types of
intersections from roof to wall. So it was a lot of unusual
intersections and angles."
Albany RV is northwest of
Interstate 87, and the owners didn't want the roofs on their
dealership to appear obtrusive from the roadway. "The idea was they
didn't want somebody to see a lot of roof," Owens says. "So it's
all very low profile roofing."
Derek Gribulis, president at Cotler Architecture DPC, Latham,
designed the dealership, which includes office space, a repair
shop, showroom and outdoor retail store. Like Bette and Cring
Construction, Gribulis says the project was the most intricate
involving multiple metal building systems his firm has completed.
It was Cotler Architecture's first project with a metal building
and flat, rubber roof. "Most of the time I design them so they have
metal roofing that is 2:12 slope," he says. "But in this case a
good portion of it is a 1/4-inch per foot slope with a single-ply
rubber roof, which appears flat."
Owens says the project
was the most complex one with multiple metal building systems his
company as completed. "We've done projects where there were
multiple metal buildings, but generally it's one box butting into
another box. This was the first project where we had multiple
elevations, multiple shapes, multiple roof systems, multiple floor
systems. It was interesting to find out that the metal building
companies had the capability of doing this for us."
Herkimer, N.Y.-based Tioga Building Co. Inc. erected the six
metal building systems, engineered and supplied by Houston-based
Metallic Building Co. Additionally, Metallic Building supplied jack
beams, tube column framing, tube spandrel beams, BattenLok roof
panels, B-deck roof panels for a rubber membrane roof system and
heavy, roof-mounted point loads to support the HVAC equipment.
"There's a portion of the building that's one story and
rectangular, a portion that's long and slender and three stories,
and then there's the showroom that has tall clear spans and
chamfered corners," Gribulis says. "Each entrance has its own metal
building system that's attached to the outside of these other
primary metal buildings. It's a complicated shape because it had a
lot of program features that required quite a bit of intricate
shapes; it's not rectangular."
Gribulis says switching
from conventional steel to metal building systems changed the
design in terms of foundations. "The primary super structure,
various roofs and exterior walls are part of the metal building
system," he says. "We just had to re-look at the foundations
because there's a different kind of reaction on them than regular
steel. So we modified them to fit the system."
Interstate 87 is also known as Adirondack Northway. One project
goal was to incorporate Adirondack-style architecture and its use
of large timbers. "The intent was to create a new RV dealership
with a splash of Adirondack-style architecture while providing
large clear spans in the building," Gribulis says. "The metal
building by Metallic allowed us to keep the project on budget while
still meeting the original design intent."
Gribulis says he was pleased with how the quality of spaces
turned out, including some simulated forest and cave scenes in the
showroom. "It kind of feels like you're in a little pocket of
woods. They are designed to simulate the outdoors in keeping with
the Adirondack RV theme."
Owens says now that he's aware multiple metal building systems
can be combined in these ways, he anticipates more opportunities
for his company to use them. "Especially when we get design-build
projects, we would certainly think of getting pricing in both
conventional steel and pre-engineered metal building because we
know they can do almost anything," he says.
Albany RV, Latham, N.Y.
Owner: RVOne Superstores Inc., Latham
General contractor: Bette and Cring Construction
Group, Latham, www.bettecring.com
Architect: Cotler Architecture DPC, Latham, cotlerarchitecture.com
Erector: Tioga Building Co. Inc., Herkimer, N.Y.,
Metal building systems: Metallic Building Co.,