Kid’s Castle Learning Center, Decatur, Ill.

Approximately 37,000 square feet of McElroy Metal's building products were used on Kid's Castle Learning Center.

Approximately 37,000 square feet of McElroy Metal’s building products were used on Kid’s Castle Learning Center. McElroy Metal’s Medallion-Lok 16-inch standing seam panel in an Evergreen PVDF finish was installed on the roof and dormer faces. The entry was covered by a barrel vault canopy with Medallion I Radius panels on the top and Matrix 12-inch panels in Regal White on the bottom side and as soffits.

Ryan Alexander, project architect at Architectural Expressions LLP, says his company was fortunate that a McElroy Metal representative was nearby to recommend products. “The green roof really looks great, it really stands out,” he says. “And the barrel vault entry was another aesthetically appealing touch.”

Dormers were installed along the back of the roof to enclose and hide air intake systems and kitchen, plumbing and heating exhausts. “[The owners] wanted to cover up any of the less-than-attractive exhaust pipes and stacks,” Alexander says. “It was definitely an aesthetic the owners wanted and with the metal dormers, we were able to provide that.”

Dwayne Jess, owner of Prairieland Construction LLC, led the installation of the McElroy Metal roofing, soffit and fascia products. Jess says the trim work on the canopy was curved. Prairieland Construction installed the trim work into the wall before the builder installed the walls, an exterior and insulation finish system. Work began in the back installing around the dormers, also known as dog houses. “The dog houses really gave the project a great look, a clean look; and so did the canopy at the main entrance,” Jess says. “McElroy Metal sent out a curver for the roof panels on that and it looks great. The soffit panels on the bottom side of the canopy were installed perpendicular to the building so they weren’t curved.”

S-5!’s ColorGard snow rail retention system was installed 1-foot from the eaves around the 22,000-square-foot building. The ColorGard system used a strip of the roofing material to match the Evergreen color and was attached to the seam of the roof without damaging the roof or paint finish.

The center’s ventilation system draws in fresh air three times per hour. The T5 lighting with double ballasts run at half strength on sunny days and lights turn off automatically 30 minutes after closing.

Architect: Architectural Expressions LLP, Forsyth, Ill.

Installer: Prairieland Construction LLC, Arthur, Ill.

Metal roof panels/soffits: McElroy Metal, Bossier City, La.,

Snow retention system: S-5!, Colorado Springs, Colo.,