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Western Health Center, Midfield, Ala.

Birchfield Penuel & Associates specified a mix of materials for the two-story, 78,000-square-foot Western Health Center including adhered masonry veneer, precast concrete, 10,000 square feet of Petersen Aluminum Corp.'s Tite-Loc panels finished in Cool Color Cardinal Red and 8,000 square feet of Petersen Aluminum's Reveal panels in Sierra Tan for exterior walls.Birchfield Penuel & Associates specified a mix of materials for the two-story, 78,000-square-foot Western Health Center including adhered masonry veneer, precast concrete, 10,000 square feet of Petersen Aluminum Corp.'s Tite-Loc panels finished in Cool Color Cardinal Red and 8,000 square feet of Petersen Aluminum's Reveal panels in Sierra Tan for exterior walls.

Tom Kidwell, senior associate and project architect at Birchfield Penuel & Associates, says the irregularity of the stone veneer interacts with horizontal lines of the metal panels, which are at 90 degrees to the standing seam lines, against the precast concrete. "The materials play together in a fun way to make the project interesting and inviting," he says. "There's an attractive interaction of the lines on the project."

Installer CSC Roofing LLC rollformed and curved the metal panels on-site with equipment provided by Petersen Aluminum. Approximately 140 Tite-Loc panels were installed, the majority of them 80 feet long and curved. Mark Ryan, project manager at CSC Roofing, says curving the long panels required 15 workers for every panel. "But the greatest challenge was getting the panels onto the roof," he says. "We banded the panels and built a crate system to lift them to the roof."

The contemporary, barrel vault roof was constructed with mechanically seamed, 2-inch standing seam panels installed on a self-adhered, underlaying membrane. The membrane was installed on 6 inches of polyisocyanurate insulation, an exposed acoustical metal deck and sloped bowstring trusses.

Additionally, Tite-Loc panels were utilized on a gazebo roof and curved canopy at the main entrance. Standing seam panels and masonry veneer were installed in the interior of the two-story reception area to connect it with the exterior. Western Health Center consolidates three older health clinics into a new facility more centrally located in the community of Jefferson County residents it serves.

Architect: Birchfield Penuel & Associates, Birmingham, Ala.

Installer: CSC Roofing LLC, Homewood, Ala.

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