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Apollo Career Center, Lima, Ohio

Apollo Career Center, Lima, OhioGarmann Miller and Associates Inc. specified a standing seam roof and insulated metal panels (IMPs) to modernize Apollo Career Center. Laura Little, ASID, LEED AP BD+C, project manager at Garmann Miller and Associates, says the IMPs were large pieces that provided a clean appearance. "One thing we were trying to do is update the appearance of the facility so it didn't look like a 1970s building," she says. "As a perk, we were able to incorporate Apollo's colors-red and black-into the renovation and addition."

Bruns Construction Enterprises LLC installed Metl-Span's 2-inch, 22-gauge Galvalume IMPs in Bright Red LG with a PVDF finish and 2-inch IMPs in Textured White MM with a stucco-type coating. The IMPs were ordered after the framing was constructed. Additionally, Bruns Construction Enterprises installed Dimensional Metals Inc.'s standing seam roofing system and metal gutters, and EPDM roofing.

Steve Elston, project manager at Bruns Construction Enterprises, says, "We had to be extra careful with this project. Because there wasn't much margin for error, we waited for the building to go up, then we measured and ordered the insulated metal panels from Metl-Span."

In addition to the IMPs, windows and insulation that was installed to the existing structure added to the project's sustainability goals. It is designed to attain LEED Gold.

Since it opened in the 1970s, Apollo Career Center has had steady student body growth. It celebrated its 40th anniversary in April 2016. "The school was undersized for the number of students, so the expansion was necessary," Little says.

The $53 million renovation and expansion project added more than 100,000 square feet to the center, bringing it to 224,000 total square feet. It added 22 academic rooms, three labs, technology spaces, additional auto and carpentry work areas, a welding lab, multipurpose room and student resource center.

Construction at Apollo Career Center continued for three consecutive summers. Bruns Construction Enterprises began installation in October 2014 and completed its portions of the project in December 2015. It was completed in time for the beginning of the school year in September 2016. "We worked in five different areas during several construction phases spanning over parts of two school years," Elston says.

Architect: Garmann Miller and Associates Inc., Minster, Ohio,
Installer: Bruns Construction Enterprises LLC, Celina, Ohio,
Metal wall panels: Metl-Span, Lewisville, Texas,
Metal roof panels/gutters: Dimensional Metals Inc., Reynoldsburg, Ohio,