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Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values at the University of Tampa, Tampa, Fla.

As a private, secular university serving more than 5,000 students from 50 different states and approximately 100 countries, the University of Tampa sought to build a structure that would strengthen student development through spirituality and independent growth. Funded by John and Susan Sykes, the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values at the University of Tampa allows students to balance their educational and intellectual development with their personal and spiritual growth relative to life values and goals.

As a private, secular university serving more than 5,000 students from 50 different states and approximately 100 countries, the University of Tampa sought to build a structure that would strengthen student development through spirituality and independent growth. Funded by John and Susan Sykes, the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values at the University of Tampa allows students to balance their educational and intellectual development with their personal and spiritual growth relative to life values and goals.

"The chapel/center was designed to elicit spiritual, sensory and emotional responses by the building users," explains Robert Balke, principal for tvdesign, Atlanta. "The building interior is shaped by light and sound. Like two cupped hands held slightly apart, light enters from above and from the east. Daylight and music are reflected and diffused by the warm, curving interior forms of the undulating wooden walls."

The 15,000-square-foot structure includes a main hall with seating for 260 people for lectures, ceremonies, discussions and musical performances including those with its 55-foot-tall custombuilt organ. In addition, the facility offers meeting rooms, two meditation rooms and a gallery. Brick, high-performance glass, granite and RHEINZINK comprise the primary materials of the building's exterior palette.

RHEINZINK supplied three different products for this project. Approximately 17,500 square feet of 0.8-mm, 22-gauge RHEINZINK Double Lock Standing Seam Panels clad the roof, while approximately 6,500 square feet of 1.2-mm, 18-gauge RHEINZINK Vertical Reveal Panels clad the façade and soffits. Additionally, 3,000 square feet of zinc composite material were used on the fascia and canopies. All RHEINZINK products were finished in Pre-weathered Blue Gray.

The durability and sustainability of RHEINZINK was an important factor. "We see this as an enduring, 100-year building," Balke notes. "The self-healing nature of zinc and the fact that it will patina over time was important to us. The building will look even better as it ages."

Construction manager: Peter R. Brown Construction Inc., Tampa

Architect: tvdesign, Atlanta

Building and site design team: Walter P. Moore and Associates Inc., Atlanta; Anston-Greenlees
Inc., Tampa; Kirkegaard Associates, Chicago

Fabricator: MetalTech-USA, Peachtree City, Ga.

Installers: General Works of Tampa, Tampa; Architectural Systems Inc., Tampa

Metal roof and wall panels: RHEINZINK America Inc., Woburn, Mass., www.rheinzink.com,