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Ivy Street Center on Marist School's campus, Atlanta

Ivy Street Center on Marist School's campus was built on the footprint of a former 50-year-old gymnasium.Ivy Street Center on Marist School's campus was built on the footprint of a former 50-year-old gymnasium. Will Stelten, design architect at S/L/A/M Collaborative, "The charge was to design a combination classroom building that wrapped around a new gymnasium."

Stelten says the three-story, 55,000-squarefoot Ivy Street Center is larger than most other buildings on the campus. "We felt that introducing the metal panels helped lighten the building and break up the massing in a way that made it more interesting," he says. "[The Petersen Aluminum Corp. M-36 panel] has deep shadow lines that help add lightness and a horizontal feel."

Saco Systems Inc. installed approximately 6,000 square feet of Petersen Aluminum's Tite- Loc Plus metal roof panels on large canopies and overhangs at prominent locations on the building, completed in 2014. SECO Architectural Systems installed approximately 6,000 square feet of Petersen Aluminum's PAC-CLAD M-36 metal wall panels in Valspar Corp.'s Fluropon Silver coating on a large portion of the façade.

Joe Creighton, president at SECO Architectural Systems, says exposed fastener panels are often thought to be an industrial and utilitarian system. "But when they are installed horizontally, the panels suddenly create a nice architectural effect," he says. "The flashings become much more important and the folded corners add interest."

Sustainability features include a three-part daylight harvesting system, sound-absorbing panels made of machine-pressed, recycled plastic bottles in the gymnasium, reclaimed elm wood panels in the lobby and water bottle refill stations. The daylighting system includes exterior sunshades, interior light shelves and sloped ceilings that minimize glare inside classrooms and allow daylight to reach classrooms.

Additionally, a 3,400-gallon cistern collects rainwater from the sloped gymnasium roof and condensation from the HVAC system. Water from the cistern irrigates a rain garden. John Harhager, president at Marist School, says sustainability was a large feature on the campus. "It fits in with the overall philosophy of the school," he says.

Ivy Street Center houses the mathematics and English departments and features a 275-seat gymnasium, 16 classroom spaces, tiered lecture hall, collaborative areas and campus store. Ivy Street Center's name refers to Marist School's original three-story schoolhouse located on Ivy Street in downtown Atlanta. The school is a private Roman Catholic college preparatory school with 1,100 students in grades 7-12.

General contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie, Birmingham, Ala.
Architect: S/L/A/M Collaborative, Atlanta
Distributor: Commercial Roofing Specialties, College Park, Ga.
Installers: SECO Architectural Systems Inc., Snellville, Ga., and Saco Systems Inc., Suwanee, Ga.
Metal roof/wall panels: Petersen Aluminum Corp., Elk Grove Village, Ill., www.pac-clad.com