Student Life Center at Palmetto Christian Academy, Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Photo: Valerie and Ed Photography

The Student Life Center at Palmetto Christian Academy in Mount Pleasant, S.C., was built with a metal building system, metal roof and metal canopies.

Michael Colavita, senior project manager at Brantley Construction Co. LLC, the general contractor, says, “Metal was used for entire structural support system, second-floor framing system, pre-engineered roof system, exterior canopies, exterior perimeter wall support system and interior stud wall systems.”

HB Metal Builders LLC erected Star Building Systems’ metal building system. The building has clear-span, a single-slope structural system and 24-gauge double-lok standing seam roof system coated in Galvalume Plus. There is also structural steel, secondfloor decking, and heavy- and light-gauge steel studs.

The second floor was built with structural steel beams, support columns, joists and decking. Exterior walls are constructed of a heavy-gauge, long-span steel stud system around the entire building perimeter. Also on the exterior, there are two, 10-foot-wide by 80-foot-long steel canopies, one on each side of the building. Interior walls have a light-gauge metal stud system.

Exterior walls are finished with brick wainscot and an exterior insulation finish system (EIFS) around the entire perimeter. “From the outside, you would never know it was a pre-engineered building,” Colavita says.

The 43,000-square-foot facility has a 29,000-square-foot first floor and 14,000-square-foot second floor. It houses a gymnasium, single cab elevator, locker rooms, offices, weight room, bathrooms and showers. On the second floor, there are classrooms and science labs. The building is heated and cooled by a chill water system.