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Grammy Museum Mississippi, Cleveland, Miss.

Multiple metal panels, a curtainwall and storefront system were used to give a distinct appearance to Cleveland Music Foundation Inc.’s Grammy Museum Mississippi. The museum is set back at the end of a long drive that frames the structure on an expansive horizon line in the Mississippi Delta.

Four profiles of metal panels were used for the project: corrugated, perforated, roof and soffit. The corrugated panels reference the Delta’s rustic culture. Jason Agostinelli, AIA, partner at Dale Partners Architects PA, which designed the project with Eley Barkley PA, says, “We were very deliberate about our selection of the exposed-fastener corrugated, much like you would see on many agricultural buildings throughout the Delta.”

Ralph Jones Sheet Metal Inc. installed more than 30,000 square feet of Petersen Aluminum Corp.’s 24-gauge PAC-CLAD 1/2-inch corrugated panels in Cool Weathered Zinc. They were installed with mitered corners.

“We wanted to use the corrugated in a contemporary way,” Agostinelli says. “So rather than handling the corners in a traditional manner, we specified mitered corners. That was an important part of the look.”

Gordon Jones, president at Ralph Jones Sheet Metal, says, “Normally there is a trim flashing, so mitered corrugated is really unusual. These corrugated panels were all custom made to fit the building; about 160 panels pre-made with inside miters and outside miters. The building is basically trimless at the corners.”

For an accent on an upper volume of the building, Ralph Jones Sheet Metal installed approximately 2,700 square feet of Petersen Aluminum’s 0.032-inch perforated aluminum 7.2 Panels in custom Green. The perforated panels allow light into the building and decrease its mass. For a variety of soffit and interior applications, Ralph Jones Sheet Metal installed 1,000 square feet of Petersen Aluminum’s 12-inch PAC-CLAD Flush Panels in Bone White.

For a roof on an open-air canopy over a large porch at the front of the building, Ralph Jones Sheet Metal installed 3,700 square feet of Petersen Aluminum’s 24-gauge Tite-Loc Plus metal roof panels in Cool Bone White.

Agostinelli says the south-facing porch was designed to accommodate large numbers of people seeking shelter from heat during functions. “The brise soleil over the porch was designed to shade the lobby during the summer, but will allow the sun to warm the space during the winter when the sun angles are lower,” he says.

A curtainwall and storefront system was used for the museum’s one-story façade and 30-foot-tall lobby. “This museum required that we have no natural light in the exhibit space,” Agostinelli says. “We wanted to combat that with an all-glass lobby to provide a visually active space. The lobby is a great event space for the community and can accommodate over 300 people. The curtainwall allowed the lobby to act as our screened porch so that, visually, it was a continuation of the front porch.”

Raymond Glass Co. Inc. installed Tubelite Inc.’s 400 Series curtainwall with 7 1/2-inch- and 10-inch-deep aluminum framing members. It also installed Tubelite’s E14000 Series storefront system and medium stile doors. The project required 9,000 feet, 13,750 pounds, of aluminum extrusions. Linetec Inc. painted the aluminum framing in Bone White. Guardian Glass Co. supplied 6,000 square feet of its SuperNeutral 54 Clear glass for the project.

The Grammy Museum Mississippi is located on Delta State University’s campus. The 27,000-square-foot facility houses the 226-seat Clive Davis Theater, classrooms and administrative areas. Additionally, an adjacent outdoor amphitheater accommodates 2,000 people. The $20 million project was completed in 2016.