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First Presbyterian Church, Opelika, Ala.

Lance Black, AIA, NCARB, of Black Design Architecture, says a pre-engineered metal building (PEMB) supplied by Oakland Metal Buildings Inc., cost less than conventional steel and didn't modify the traditional forms and proportions needed for the First Presbyterian Church.Lance Black, AIA, NCARB, of Black Design Architecture, says a pre-engineered metal building (PEMB) supplied by Oakland Metal Buildings Inc., cost less than conventional steel and didn't modify the traditional forms and proportions needed for the First Presbyterian Church. "The project consisted of several metal buildings put together to form traditional roof lines and forms to blend into the historic neighborhood," he says. "Much coordination was needed between the PEMB structure and conventional framing of windows and roof cornice details."

The church has a primary frame constructed with rigid frames and end-wall frames; it was completed in July 2013. The 15,000-square-foot project utilized wall girts, roof purlins, eave struts, door jambs, headers, roof and wall sheeting, connection plates, angles, trim, cables, sealant, accessories and fasteners.

General contractor: Maxus Construction Co., Pelham, Ala.
Architect: Black Design Architecture, Birmingham, Ala.
Metal building system: Oakland Metal Buildings Inc., Florence, Ala., www.oaklandmetal.com