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Building a Florida home two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean begins with an aesthetically pleasing design. Equally important is the use of building materials that can withstand the unending combination of hot sun and salty ocean. Given those challenges, it’s no wonder Petersen Aluminum’s Snap-Clad panels were chosen for this complex and visually striking residential roof.

Ponte Vedra Beach is an unincorporated seaside community in St. Johns County on the east coast of northern Florida. The area is known for its golf courses and for being the headquarters of the PGA Tour. When the Callahan’s chose Ponte Vedra Beach to build their new home, the architectural firm of Jaycox Reinel created the look of a residential estate.

Roofing contractor Thorne Metal Systems of Green Cove Springs, FL was instrumental in the selection of Snap-Clad standing seam roofing panels. On the Callahan home they installed 12,000 sq. ft. of the Petersen Aluminum’s .040 gauge slate gray Snap-Clad.

Snap-Clad roofing panels feature a 1-3/4” leg height and a continuous interlock for improved structural performance. A concealed fastener clip system allows for thermal expansion/contraction while providing extraordinary hold-down strength. The panels meet Florida Testing Application Standards and Miami-Dade building codes.

The Callahan’s general contractor, C. F. Knight, Inc. of Jacksonville, has coordinated some of Northeast Florida’s most exquisite homes. Aluminum metal panels for the project were manufactured in PAC’s Acworth, GA plant.

As the Director of Sustainability for North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, I like to think I have a pretty amazing job.  GAF is a Platinum Member of the USGBC, and I get to help set green building benchmarks at a national level. We’re a founding sponsor of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative and the Resilient Design Institute.  Plus, at GAF we have hugely sought-after contractor programs, and so I get to make a significant impact on reducing landfill waste with the 400-plus members of the Certified Green Roofer Program.

All this means I get to interact almost every day with people who recycle millions of pounds of post-consumer shingles; work with national programs that aim to reduce millions of pounds of CO2 emissions; and do things like participate in a Google Hangout on Zero Waste Manufacturing. To anyone with an interest in recycling, green building, resource management or environmentally-friendly business practices, you’d have to say, I have a very cool job. 

But try explaining that to an 8 year old. 

See, in the mornings when I walk my kids to their school bus stop, I usually have a few minutes to chat with the other parents and kids waiting on the corner. Of course, people ask: “What do you do for work?” And although to me, my job is very cool, I sometimes find myself at a loss for words when asked to actually explain what it is I do, especially to an 8 year old. But I try: “I work on recycling, I help set green building targets, USGBC, Washington DC, recycling, blah blah blah”. 

The parents tend to nod and smile and say things like, “Oh, that sounds so interesting.”

But the kids just want to know one thing: “Do you get to ride on the recycling truck?”

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Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, VA, recently opened a new administration building at the cemetery’s main entrance. Referred to as a new national treasure, the building contains total of 4,500 square feet of office and administrative space, and a covered portico of about 2,500 square feet.

Roofing contractor Karr Construction Inc. of Williamsburg, VA installed the Petersen Aluminum Snap-Clad 18” bronze panels with striations in .032 aluminum, finished with Pac-Clad Kynar 500/Hylar 5000.  Western Sheet Metal of Petersburg, VA used flat stock from Petersen to fabricate all gutters, down spouts, and extra trim.

Design of the environmentally and visitor-friendly office was by architectural design firm Matrix Settles of Arlington, Va.

“The site was fenced off with fabric covering the fencing and gates for construction only,” said Steve Mileski, vice president of operations for Leebcor Services, Inc., the Williamsburg-based company serving as the project’s general contractor. “Visitors were not inconvenienced for funerals and services.”

Steven E. Fezler, the director of Quantico National Cemetery, said the building was a new national treasure at its opening. “Today is to celebrate a fresh start. More importantly it’s a day to thank those who shared in creating this purposeful structure.”

Comprised of 725 acres, Quantico National Cemetery is a military cemetery for veterans of the United States Armed Forces and was established in 1983 adjacent to the Marine Corps Base Quantico. Funding for the building expansion project was part of a 100 percent Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business set aside.  Aluminum metal panels for the project were manufactured in PAC’s Acworth, GA plant.

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Construction of the new Beverly Farms Elementary School in Potomac, MD was part of Montgomery County Public Schools on-going revitalization/expansion program.  Following a feasibility study, it was determined that demolition of the existing building and construction of a new school was the most cost effective approach.


The school district conducted a series of community involvement sessions to obtain input regarding the new school, which was located in a residential neighborhood of large, free-standing houses.  Architectural design for the project was provided by Muse Architects, Bethesda, MD.  The firm participated in the community input sessions.


According to project architect Joshua Hill, “We wanted to connect the building to the neighborhood and make it ‘fit in.’ We like working on difficult sites with active communities.  This was a small existing site and we needed to increase the net square footage of the school by 50%.  We really had to be careful with the site strategy and architecture in order to not make it look like a big building that didn’t fit into the neighborhood.”


Approximately 30,000 sq. ft. of Petersen’s PAC-CLAD metal roof material was utilized to help meet the design objectives.  “It was important to use elements like the gabled roof, the brick layering and the simulated double hung windows to help provide nice scale,” said Hill.  “The metal standing seam application was certainly a key component versus a large, blank roof with asphalt shingles.  The ribs of the metal roof give it nice texture.”


The roof is clad with 27,200 sq. ft. of Petersen .040 Slate Gray Snap-Clad Panels and also uses 2,400 sq. ft. of .040 Slate Grey Flush Panels.  “Use of a metal roof was determined early in the design process,” according to Hill.  “Initially, the school district was hesitant because of a previous bad experience. That’s one reason we wanted to use a Petersen Aluminum PAC-CLAD roof because we’ve had very good experiences with it and we believe that if you specify a good quality metal roof, you’ll be happy with it and you won’t have any issues.”


The architects’ detailing of simple geometric shapes also helped persuade the owner to proceed with the metal roof.


Installation of the roof was done by Orndorff & Spaid, Inc., Beltsville, MD.  “It was relatively straight-forward,” said Rick Honaker, assistant vice president, “although we did have a lot of squares to put down in a short amount of time.  We had 2-3 crews working on the job.  The 40’ panels were somewhat steep and the installers were tied-off at all times.  The project really turned out great and everyone is very pleased.”


The 94,000 sq. ft. structure is on track for LEED Gold certification and employs a geothermal heating and cooling system amid other sustainable design and construction initiatives including a green vegetative roof on the flat portions.

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The new Charleston Harbor Fish House, Charleston, SC is located on the grounds of the Charleston Harbor Resort on the tip of Patriots Point.  The area is known for its panoramic views of the harbor that sweep from the Ravenel Bridge down across the Battery and all the way out to Fort Sumter.

When Architect Glidden Spina and Partners began designing the new restaurant complex, they knew the building needed to compliment the setting, which is nothing short of stunning.

Roofing contractor Baker Roofing Company of Charleston was instrumental in the selection of stylish silver-colored Snap-Clad standing seam roofing panels. On the complex they installed 12,000 sq. ft. of the Petersen Aluminum’s .040 gauge 16-inch wide Snap-Clad panels with striations, plus they incorporated another 3,000 sq. ft. of flat stock.

Philip Marino of Baker Roofing said Snap-Clad was selected because of the panel system’s high wind testing.  “We’re in a high wind zone area here in coastal South Carolina.  The architect approved Snap-Clad because they meet Florida Testing Application Standards and Miami-Dade building codes.”

In addition to the restaurant, the complex is home to a marina store, a private event space called the Yacht Club that can host up to 150 guests, a rooftop bar with spectacular views and open-air pavilion, and private and main dining rooms.

Aluminum metal panels for the project were manufactured in PAC’s Acworth, GAplant.

Electronic Waste, or eWaste or as it is called by those in the recycling trade, is more and more of an issue in the waste stream.  Computers, mp3 players, phones, you name it – these items are produced in larger and larger quantities, and it all has to end up somewhere.  According to Compucycle, 135 million phones and 31 million computers are disposed of annually in the US alone.  Many of these gadgets contain hazardous materials, such as lithium batteries, that can leach into groundwater or cause various other problems.  Plus, many of the materials used in electronics, such as gold and copper, are valuable and in short supply.  So you can see why it is important not to just toss old electronics in the trash; but at the same time, it can be hard to find a suitable and safe site to properly recycle old electronic items.

To help address this issue, for the second year in a row, GAF held eWaste collection events across many of our sites for Earth Day on April 22nd.  I’m pleased to report that we collected more than 16 pallets and more than 10,000 lbs of electronics for proper recycling! 

If you don’t work at GAF and need to recycle electronics, Goodwill is the best option in my experience.  You can bring almost any old electronic item there (don’t forget old extension cords, they can be recycled too, and contain valuable copper) for recycling.  In some cases you may need to pay or make a donation, particularly for hard-to-recycle items like older-style CRT monitors, which contain leaded glass.  Staples, Best Buy, and many other electronics recyclers offer programs too. 

Do you have old electronics that need recycling?  Have you had challenges finding a suitable place? 

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A new 55,000 square foot academic building for Gwynedd Mercy University in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania will house classrooms and offices for the college’s School of Business and School of Education.  The brick and cast-stone facility incorporates multiple sustainability features and is designed to be equivalent to a LEED Silver facility.

General contractor T.N. Ward Company of Ardmore, PA, said the project has been both challenging and rewarding.  Project Manager Daniel DeSalvo said it may look like a normal, steel structure, but the construction has its challenges. “The project features two wings, one for each school.” The wings are connected by a rotunda. “We work with the best,” DeSalvo added. “We carefully pick, rely on and utilize the greatest of contractors.”

Tapered panels for the building were supplied by ABC Supply of Malvern, PA.  Panels were installed by roofing contractor Towne and Country Roofing of Bensalem, PA.

The building’s roof incorporates 12,650 square feet of Petersen Aluminum’s .032 gauge Tite-Loc Plus in slate gray, and 3,600 square feet of Petersen Aluminum’s .032 gauge High Snap On Seam Tapered, also in slate gray.

The building features technology-enhanced lecture halls, meeting areas, a café, a boardroom and several other amenities. The architectural firm STANTEC in Philadelphia designed the new facility.

“It’s a very, very exciting project for us and I think an exciting project for the neighborhood and the township,” University President Kathleen Owens said.

Gwynedd Mercy University, founded in 1948 by the Sisters of Mercy, offers more than 40 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs on a full- and part-time basis. Aluminum metal panels for the project were manufactured in PAC’s Annapolis Junction, MD plant.


 Because of the high wind areas in coastal South Carolina, the design for the new John Paul II Catholic School in Bluffton, SC centered on utilization of Petersen Tite-Loc Plus panels.  In addition to the panel’s proven ability with high wind testing, Miami-Dade testing of the Tite-Loc Plus panel was in place.

 The new high school serves families throughout the quickly growing Low Country Deanery, which stretches from Hilton Head Island to Walterboro and includes about 8,100 Catholics. Ultimately, about 500 students will attend the school. The school is open to students of all faiths and emphasizes technology along with a college preparatory curriculum.

“This has been in the works for 10 years,” said Ross Kuykendall, head of the school’s facilities committee. Kuykendall said the school, designed by Charleston architectural firm LS3P, has 14 classrooms and four other teaching spaces. The classrooms have partition walls that can be removed to create a flexible environment for teachers.

The building incorporates a combined 23,000 square feet of Petersen Aluminum’s Tite-Loc Plus panels in slate grey with striations. Installation was done by Southern Roof & Wood Care, Hardeeville, SC. The company specializes in metal panel roofing systems in the states of Georgia and South Carolina.

The first phase of construction was a two-story, 28,000-square-foot building and an all-purpose athletics field. Eventually, that building will house the high school, and other buildings will be added for middle school students, along with playing fields and a gymnasium

Roofing distributor for the project was CRS: Commercial Roofing Specialties of Savannah, GA.  Petersen Aluminum metal panels for the project were manufactured in PAC’s Acworth, GA plant.

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Diamond State Dentistry of Milford, Delaware had outgrown their original office after less than ten years in business.  Owner Lucinda K. Bunting decided it was time to expand.


Because of the office’s rapid growth, general contractor for the project, The Whayland Company, LLC of Laurel, DE, planned the new building to allow for additional expansion as the practice continued to grow.


Tao Architecture & Design of Moorestown, NJ designed the 5,200 square foot state-of-the-art building.  Roofing panels for the building were installed by roofing contractor Quality Exteriors, Inc. of Harrington, DE, a full service roofing contractor with over twenty years of experience installing standing seam metal roofing systems for Peterson Aluminum.


“The new space has twelve treatment rooms, and our old location only had six, so this doubles our capacity,” Dr. Bunting explained. “When we had twelve women working the old office, it got just a little bit crowded.”


Aluminum metal panels for the project were manufactured in PAC’s Annapolis Junction plant. The building’s roof incorporates 8,500 square feet of Petersen Aluminum’s 24 gauge Tite-Loc Panels in Cityscape gray. Annapolis Junction personnel assisted with the selection of the panel profile and color.


Dr. Bunting hopes to bring her trademark wooden tooth to the new building. The wooden tooth sits outside of the old office and is beginning to show some wear and tear. Dr. Bunting is afraid it may not survive the move. “It is starting to show some weather damage, and has a few holes in it. Maybe I should give it a few fillings,” Dr. Bunting joked.



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 The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County undertook an aggressive plan to replace six aging fire stations and provide more functional and energy efficient buildings to better serve the community.  The six stations are seeking or have received LEED certification and all were clad with Petersen’s Snap-Clad aluminum panels.


The stations were design/build projects under the direction of Messer Construction Company, Nashville, as construction manager.


The installation of PAC-CLAD roofs on all six stations was done by Donelson Roofing Company, Mt. Juliet, TN.  Two of the stations—#30 in Joelton and #31 in Madison—are 15,000 sq. ft. facilities and were designed by Thomas, Miller & Partners, Nashville. The firm also designed one of the other six new stations.


The Joelton station and the Madison station each utilized approximately 20,000 sq. ft. of 16” Snap-Clad aluminum panels finished in Champagne Metallic.


The stations are located in residential areas and the goal was to make them fit in with the residential fabric of the area.  “That was the biggest influence in their design,” according to Jeff Earwood, project manager at Thomas, Miller & Partners.  “The hips and gables and dormers really respond to the residential areas.”


The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, owner of the stations, specified metal as the roofing material due to its longevity and low maintenance.  The Madison station has earned LEED Gold certification and the Joelton station is pursuing LEED Silver.


“The goal was to make the stations 50-year-plus buildings,” Earwood said.  “The use of quality materials and systems plus reputable manufacturers and installers was critical.  We had used Petersen on a previous fire station job and had good results.  They have a great reputation and live up to it.”


The installer of the Petersen roofs, Donelson Roofing, has considerable experience with PAC-CLAD systems.  “These were pretty straight-forward applications,” said Michael Smith, estimator and co-project manager at Donelson.  “The smallest of the six stations used about 14,000 sq. ft. of PAC-CLAD material and the largest about 20,000 sq. ft.  We did have some fairly long panels on the Joelton station–up to 60 ft.  But our crews are accustomed to that.”