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Sam Houston Elementary School

Garland Co. Inc.

Situated on the Gulf Coast of Texas just east of Houston, Port Arthur is a picturesque location that also faces natural challenges like 2017’s Hurricane Harvey. With that in mind, when the Port Arthur Independent School District passed a $190 million bond issue and was planning the construction of two new elementary schools, they chose The Garland Company Inc.'s R-Mer Shield for the metal roofs.

The patented R-Mer Shield standing seam structural roof system is engineered to withstand wind speeds up to 200 mph. The school trusted in the system so much so that while this project was being installed, the team from Perkins Roofing Company was also installing the same panels on another elementary school in town. All told, R-Mer Shield will be installed on a total of four schools in the district. For each project, the team at Garland engineered custom metal systems to tie into the Garland low-slope roof systems installed on each facility.

Most of all, the final sleek appearance on Sam Houston Elementary complemented the safety goals achieved by the system – which earned the seal of approval from the stringent Texas Department of Insurance. The R-Mer Shield panels for Sam Houston Elementary were formed from 24-gauge steel in the color Pewter.

The roofing contractor was Perkins Roofing Company Inc. of Beaumont, TX. The architect was Harrison Kornberg Architects of Houston, TX.

Photo credit: Christian Scully/Design Imaging Studios.

About Garland

Garland logoThe Garland Company Inc. is one of the worldwide leaders of quality, high-performance roofing and building envelope solutions for the commercial, industrial and institutional markets - for new construction and retrofit. Garland provides products and services designed for the whole building, from the foundation to the roof and everything in between. The product line includes architectural and structural standing metal roof systems, metal wall systems, metal soffits, metal roof recoating systems and accessories like snowguards.

For over 125 years, Garland has continually developed unique product and service offerings that have raised the bar of performance while exceeding the individual needs of customers throughout the world. Today, Garland's network of over 220 local building envelope professionals is ideally positioned throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom to provide quality building envelope solutions for single and multi-property facilities. The Garland Company Inc., headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company. For more information about Garland, visit or call 800-321-9336.

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