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Joe P. Eblen Intermediate School, Asheville, N.C.

Site limitations at Joe P. Eblen Intermediate School presented daylighting design challenges, says Mike Cox, principal at Architectural Design Studio.

Site limitations at Joe P. Eblen Intermediate School presented daylighting design challenges, says Mike Cox, principal at Architectural Design Studio. Large vertical skylights called monitors were constructed for the classrooms in the two school buildings, which are oriented east/west.

"The monitors are designed to get daylight in the classrooms year-round but to completely avoid the entry of direct sunlight," Cox says. "It's all reflected light-any day, any time, any time of year-there's no direct sunlight."

Peach State Roofing Inc. installed a variety of Petersen Aluminum Corp.'s PAC-CLAD profiles on the 107,000-square-foot school buildings, including 14,000 square feet of Tite-Loc Plus 24-gauge steel panels in Bone White, Champagne, Colonial Red and Arcadia Green; 6,000 square feet of 24-gauge 7.2 panels in Bone White, Sierra Tan and Terra Cotta; 4,000 square feet of 24-gauge M-36 panels in Champagne; 3,000 square feet of 24-gauge 2.67-inch-by- 7/8-inch Corrugated panels in Colonial Red; and 8,000 square feet of 0.032-inch aluminum PAC 850 soffit panels in Bone White.

David Schmitt, vice president at Peach State Roofing, says the monitor skylights were built with metal stud framing and clad with the Petersen material. "The trim packages all required individual measurements," he says. "But the end product really turned out great."

The simultaneous construction of the two new intermediate schools, with students in grades five through six, relieved overcrowding at eight other Buncombe County Schools, and the project is slated to be certified LEED Silver.

Educational detailing including a representation of the planets, the Pythagorean Theorem, a sun dial on the south wall and a collector that clearly indicates the arrival of the equinox in March and September were added to the school interior. Cox says metal was the natural choice for the buildings' roofs. "Metal gives us more durability and longer life than other materials," he says.

Architect: Architectural Design Studio, Asheville, N.C. Installer: Peach State Roofing Inc., Lawrenceville, Ga. Distributor: Commercial Roofing Specialties Inc., College Park, Ga. Metal wall and roof panels: Petersen Aluminum Corp., Elk Grove Village, Ill., www.pac-clad.com