Health Care

Mississippi center of emergency, Jackson, Miss.

Photo: Matt Horton,

Multiple colors of metal panels create visual interest at Mississippi Center for Emergency Services in Jackson, Miss. Five types of panels in four colors (Zinc, Charcoal, Stone White and Award Blue) clad the roof and walls.

In addition to aesthetics, metal was selected for durability. Extreme weather events occur in the region. Lessons from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 led to efforts to create a comprehensive emergency medical response system for the state including the Mississippi Center for Emergency Services.

The single-story, 20,000-squarefoot facility houses an emergency medical systems’ headquarters, 24-hour communications center and equipment for University of Mississippi Medical Center’s AirCare program.

E. Cornell Malone Corp. built the roof with Petersen Aluminum Corp.’s Tite-Loc Plus panels. Walls were constructed with Petersen’s HWP panels (solid and perforated), Highline B-2 panels, M-36 panels and Flush Panels. Ground-level mechanical equipment is concealed with perforated metal panels. Panels were produced in 22-gauge and 24-gauge steel, and 0.04-inchthick aluminum. They are coated in Kynar-based 70% PVDF Fluropon coatings.