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Georgia Highlands College, Bartow Center

Petersen Aluminum

The Bartow Center is the first building on a new campus for Georgia Highlands College, Cartersville, GA, a two-year institution of the University of Georgia system. The 100,000 sq. ft. facility is somewhat of a campus-under-one-roof with class rooms, administrative offices, science labs, library and student areas.

Approximately 70,000 sq. ft. of Snap-Clad™ 28 gauge Follansbee TCS II standing seam panels were utilized on the roof with an additional 15,000 sq. ft. of TCS II for flashing and the gutter system.

The architectural aesthetic was derived from the rural heritage of the area. The site itself was originally a test farm for the University of Georgia, according to project architect Christopher Bivins with Cooper Carry Architects, Atlanta. “Knowing this was the first building in the master plan, we tried to set a look that would allow flexibility in the future and yet draw on the agricultural heritage even as the area became suburbanized. Thus, the use of the TCS to somewhat recall the tin roofs on earlier farm structures,” according to Bivins. “The material mixes well with the red brick and Georgia granite which will also be used on future buildings.”

The Snap-Clad roof was installed by Atlanta Metal Systems, Jonesboro, GA. The general contractor on the project was Aviation Construction Inc., Atlanta.

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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