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International Magnet School for Global Citizenship, South Windsor, Conn.

The 65,000-square-foot International Magnet School for Global Citizenship is located in a suburban area with pockets of rural countryside nearby.

The 65,000-square-foot International Magnet School for Global Citizenship is located in a suburban area with pockets of rural countryside nearby. Perkins Eastman, the architecture firm for the project, designed the charter elementary school in a village-type of configuration that blended into the neighborhood.

Joseph Culotta, of Perkins Eastman, was the project architect. "We broke down the massing with four structures that are connected together at the school's media center, which serves as the hub of the design," he says.

The circular, three-story media center's roof was clad with Petersen Aluminum Corp.'s 16-inch Snap-Clad metal roof panels segmented to create the radius. The Imperial Co., the installer for the metal roof panels, also installed Snap-Clad panels on the pitched roofs of the four adjoining structures. More than 22,000 square feet of Snap-Clad 0.04-aluminum panels finished in Hartford Green and Dark Bronze were installed. Culotta says the only design challenges were reconciling the pitched roof and the size of the school, and detailing where the pitched roof came into the flat roof portions of the building.

Zoning requirements stipulated any portion of the building that faced a major street have a pitched roof and many barns in the area have standing-seam roofs, Culotta says. "There are 12:12 pitches everywhere," he says. "So we opted to reference the local area with metal in two colors that complemented the brick and [concrete masonry] façade."

Bruce Raulukaitis, president of The Imperial Co., says his company worked out all the details with Cutter Enterprises, the construction manager for the project, and architect. "We used 30-foot panels and it was relatively straightforward overall, although the segmented panels took a little time," he says. "We had to tie into some valleys that were somewhat difficult."

Architect: Perkins Eastman, Stamford, Conn.

Construction manager: Cutter Enterprises, Vernon, Conn.

Installer: The Imperial Co., Cromwell, Conn.

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