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St. Elizabeth Seton, Oakland, Calif.

The recently completed 10,400-square-foot (966-m2) gymnasium doubles as a community room and was designed to complement the aesthetics of the neighboring church sanctuary.

Building the $4.6 million gym for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland presented a variety of challenges from the ground-up. "The St. Elizabeth Seton gymnasium design was complex because the community wanted a building that didn't look like a gym," said John Miller of John Miller Architects, the architect of record. "The narrow project site and the need to complement the sanctuary's design also posed restriction on the construction process.

To address the challenges, the architects opted to "cant the walls inward and create series of chevron patterns that undulated in and out." Approximately 9,000 square feet (836 m2) of Morin's SWL-18 standing-seam sloped panels with attached mock batten seam cover formed the visually pleasing building envelope. Complete with a weather-resistant Spartan Bronze finish, the watertight, sustainable facility met each of the project parameters.

General contractor: TBI Construction, San Jose, Calif.

Architect of record: John Miller Architects, Mountain View, Calif.

Installer: Ray L. Hellwig Mechanical, Santa Clara, Calif.

Metal wall panels: Morin, Fontana, Calif.,