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The new Gulf Gate Public Library in Sarasota, Florida has proudly opened as a sparkling, high-tech replacement for the highly used but aging facility previously located on the same site. Copper was initially considered for the roofing material but proved to be too expensive. Ultimately, approximately 15,000 sq. ft. of Petersen Aluminum’s PAC-CLAD Tite-Loc Plus panels and 8,000 sq. ft. of Snap-Clad panels were utilized to help accomplish the design objectives and stay within budget. All panels on the multi-sloped roof are 24 gauge and finished in Champagne color.

“The aesthetics of the library are intended to reflect the Craftsman style of architecture endemic to the area,” said Amy Weber, architect with Harvard Jolly Architects, the firm that created the design.

“We really had outstanding partners on this job,” said Dave Landis, Petersen’s architectural/technical sales manager. “We have long-term, solid relationships with all companies involved on the project. And I think that shows in the quality of the work and the spirit in which it was accomplished.”

Installation of the roof was accomplished by Sutter Roofing Co., Sarasota. The general contractor on the project was Willis Smith Construction, Sarasota. The Petersen Aluminum distributor was ABC Supply.

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 hidden- and exposed-fastener wall panels, standing seam roof panels, 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 and 16 wood grain finishes that include a 30-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, Washington and Minnesota. 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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