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.