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Fort Hood Chapel Complex and Religious Education Facility, Fort Hood, Texas

fort_hoodThe Fort Hood Chapel Complex and Religious Education Facility in Fort Hood, Texas, is a 42,000-square-foot facility that upon completion will be largest of its kind in the United States Army. The $27 million design-build project is a two-phase project with the overall goal of creating a space that will enhance the spiritual fitness of soldiers and their families.

The project needed to meet a number of requirements. "The Corps of Engineers has rigid, standardized requirements for roofing systems which included seaming, flashing details, salt spray testing, wind lift, etc.," explains Stephen Cervantes, project manager with design/builder, Solis Constructors Inc., Austin, Texas.

In addition to the roofing requirements, lighting projection was also an issue, Cervantes notes. Petersen Aluminum Corp., Elk Grove Village, Ill., worked with Solis Constructors to meet the project's stringent requirements. The project features approximately 45,000 square feet of Petersen Aluminum Corp.'s 16-inch, 24-gauge Snap Clad striated panels finished in PAC-CLAD Cityscape Cool Color. One challenge posed was long panel runs in the building design. Nearly 20,000 square feet of panels reaching up to 80 feet in length were rollformed on-site, and were installed by A.D. Willis Co. Roofing & Sheet Metal, Austin.

Lightning protection was another issue, since the Corps is very specific about its requirements. Cervantes said Petersen has standard details in place that helped meet the lightning protection requirements. Not only did the panels and structure meet the Army Corps of Engineers' requirements, but also the facility achieved LEED Gold certification.

Petersen Aluminum Corp., www.pac-clad.com,