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Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

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More than 50,000 sq. ft. of PAC-CLAD® flat stock was used to create flat seam panels that provide a striking look for Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Plymouth, MN. The panels were fabricated and installed by Atomic Sheet Metal, Vadnais Heights, MN. Approximately 1,200 sheets of 4’ x 10’ PAC-CLAD material finished in Colonial Red and Weathered Zinc were utilized. The flat seam panels were generally 22” wide by 116” tall.

The project was a major Phase II expansion of church facilities to include a new 900-seat sanctuary, administrative offices and classroom space. The façade of the existing Phase I structure was primarily brick with areas of stucco wall covering.

Architectural design was provided by Cuningham Group Architecture, Minneapolis. According to Charles Stoffel, “We wanted the new sanctuary to be distinctive and stand apart. The design team considered various materials for the expansion including brick and a cement board type of product. We decided upon metal partly because of budgetary reasons but mostly because we liked the way we could make a panelized system that would give us a good pattern and good depth. We reviewed exactly how the patterns would be configured and how the shadow lines would appear. We were very confident that Atomic knew exactly what our intent was.”

According to Russ Schmitz, Atomic project manager, “It was a massive installation but very economical. Everything was fabricated in our shop and there was literally no waste from the PAC-CLAD sheets we were provided. We worked closely with Cuningham Group to develop the seaming of the panels that would look good and perform well in our high-wind area.”

About Petersen

Petersen Aluminum logoPetersen, a Carlisle company, manufactures PAC-CLAD architectural metal cladding systems in multiple gauges of steel and aluminum. PAC-CLAD products include wall panel systems, standing seam roof panel systems, flush- and reveal-joint wall panels, vented or solid soffit panels, perforated metal, coil and flat sheet, composite panels, column covers, plus fascia and coping. All are available in a Kynar-based 70% PVDF Fluropon coating in 46 standard colors plus simulated finishes that include a 35-year finish warranty. Most colors meet LEED requirements and are rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council. Custom colors and weathertightness warranties are offered. BIM and CAD documents are available for most products. Founded in 1965, Petersen’s facilities are located in Illinois, Georgia, Texas, Maryland, Arizona and Washington. For information on the complete line of Petersen’s PAC-CLAD metal products, call 800-PAC-CLAD, visit or write to

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