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Cougar Place Replacement Housing, Houston

The University of Houston demolished a 7-acre apartment complex and constructed Cougar Place Replacement Housing.

The University of Houston demolished a 7-acre apartment complex and constructed Cougar Place Replacement Housing. The majority of the building is clad in brick and Petersen Aluminum Corp.'s metal panels, referencing material found on other campus buildings.

Gulf Star Roofing and Sheet Metal installed approximately 73,000 square feet of Petersen Aluminum's PAC-CLAD material in three profiles including 42,000 square feet of 22-gauge, 8-inch custom Flush Panels; 5,100 square feet of 24-gauge, 12-inch Flush Panels; and 25,700 square feet of PAC Precision Series 12-inch Horizontal Wall Panels. About 4,100 feet of PAC Continuous Cleat Coping was also utilized. All material was finished in PAC-CLAD Silver Metallic.

Paul Garcia, field operations manager at Gulf Star Roofing, says it was a relatively straightforward job. Garcia says they had eight- or nine-man lifts on the job at all times and the biggest challenge was working around the other trades. "But the panels themselves were easy to install," he says. "They're not at all difficult and the details are pretty simple."

Cougar Place Replacement Housing is organized around two connected residential quads. A centrally located knuckle at the intersection of the quads contains the larger shared program elements including community kitchens and laundry areas. Smaller community spaces including study areas and lounges are spread throughout the project. The 300,000-square-foot, four-story building includes 800 student beds and will house sophomore and other upper-class-level students.

Architect: Page Southerland Page Inc., Houston

Installer: Gulf Star Roofing and Sheet Metal, Houston

Metal roof panels: Petersen Aluminum Corp., Elk Grove Village, Ill., www.pac-clad.com