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Dearing Elementary School, Pflugerville, Texas

Dearing Elementary School, Pflugerville, TexasStantec Inc. designed Audrey and Leonard Dearing Elementary School with copper-colored metal composite material (MCM) on the exterior and interior. Jesse Brown, operations manager at Dean Contracting Co. Inc., the installer, says, "It was unique; the MCM transitioned to the interior space through the outside wall and formed an inviting, elevated multiuse space. We paid careful attention to the shop drawings because it was critical to align the seams."

Dean Contracting installed approximately 11,000 square feet of Petersen Aluminum Corp.'s PAC-CLAD Composite rainscreen panels in Copper Penny and Silver Metallic finishes on the exterior and interior. Petersen Aluminum fabricated the panels with Arconic Architectural Products' 4-mm Reynobond metal composite material.

Brown says the MCM panels were an unusual size, 11 5/8 inches wide by 8 feet long. "The use of the narrow MCM panels with long spans and multiple colors was a vision of the architect to break up the façade," he says. "Traditional MCM panels are generally larger. In this case, the architect wanted just the opposite. That added a bit of challenge for Petersen in fabricating the panels and for us in making sure that all of the horizontal and vertical lines matched up so that we could deliver the vision the architect wanted."

The two-story, 93,000-square-foot school has capacity for 800 students and was built on more than 10 acres. It features a net zero design, has LED lights throughout and uses geothermal heat for electricity and heating. Grade levels are organized into pod communities with classrooms surrounding a central flex space used for team teaching and large group activities.

Dearing Elementary School was named for Audrey and Leonard Dearing, a couple active in civic and educational efforts in Pflugerville, and is the district's 20th elementary school. It was completed in 2014.

Owner: Pflugerville Independent School District, Pflugerville
General contractor: Bartlett Cocke General Contractors LLC, Austin,
Architect: Stantec Inc., Austin,
Installer: Dean Contracting Co. Inc., Kyle, Texas,
Metal composite material: Reynobond by Arconic Architectural Products, Eastman, Ga.,
Metal wall panels: Petersen Aluminum Corp., Elk Grove Village, Ill.,