New Eco-Friendly Library Features Metal Sales Roof

Vertical Seam Panels Provide Sustainability and Beauty to Community Facility

Friday, April 15, 2011

LOUISVILLE, KY… Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation, the premier nationwide provider of metal panels for the building and construction industry, covers the new Lafayette Library and Learning Center in Lafayette, CA with 31,000 square feet of vibrant and durable roofing panels. The Vertical Seam 24 gauge panels, coated in a cool Mistique Plus color, provide a complimentary design aesthetic as well as sustainable functionality.

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is a state-of-the-art facility designed to be highly eco-friendly. Some of its most notable green features include a photovoltaic (solar) panel system, very-low ozone depletion refrigerants, vertical fin walls to minimize solar heat gain, aluminum sunshades, large clear coated glass windows and skylights to reduce the need for artificial lighting..  Metal Sales' green contribution comes in the form of longevity and lower cooling costs, due to the panels' durable and recyclable make-up, and the roof's  ability to reflect heat. Its PVDF (Kynar 500®) Mistique Plus coating has an impressive solar reflectance of .34 and a thermal emittance of .82, indicating significant energy savings.

The new 30,000+ square foot library is the largest and most complex public or private project in Lafayette’s history. It features a café, a bookstore, a living media wall, a public art gallery, a separate Children’s Area and Technology Lab. It is within walking distance of schools, senior housing, and several of the community’s neighborhoods. Truly a civic center, the facility serves as a modern and elegant showpiece for the city’s downtown, and is made complete with a stylish Metal Sales roof.

“We chose the roofing product because it has a rich look, yet it is affordable,” says Barbara Flammang, Principal at Killefer Flammang Architects, and lead architect of the project. “We have used these panels on other applications, and are always very pleased with the way they provide a permanent, but aesthetically light, quality to the finished building.”

Metal Sales Vertical Seam is a standing seam roof panel with a concealed clip designed for thermal movement. It is a snap-together panel system with a factory-applied sealant, and can be applied over open framing or a solid substrate. Installation of the Vertical Seam panels on the Lafayette Library and Learning Center went very smoothly, owing in part to a positive customer service experience.

“Metal Sales was very helpful throughout the installation process,” explains Flammang. “They have always been great in terms of providing product details, color samples and recommendations for underlayment. We are very happy with the end result, and so are the facility owners.”

Construction on the Lafayette Library and Learning Center was completed in November 2009. The project team consisted of Killefer Flammang Architects, Santa Monica, CA, and installer PetersenDean, Newark, CA.

About Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation: Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation is the premier nationwide provider of metal panels for the construction industry. Metal Sales works with architectural specifiers and commercial construction professionals to create inspirational design solutions. With the industry's largest and most knowledgeable sales and technical support team, Metal Sales has the expertise to address today's challenges in high-performance, sustainable and Net-Zero building. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, Metal Sales has outreach around the world, delivering outstanding roof, wall and fascia metal panels from its 21 facilities throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.metalsales.us.com.

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