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Historic Courthouse Gets New Zinc Roof From IMETCO

The name has changed, as has the building, but the legacy behind the Beaufort County Courthouse in Beaufort, SC endures. And thanks to recent renovations, which included the installation of a new zinc roof from IMETCO, the courthouse's rich history will most assuredly live on for another century or more.

The history of the courthouse and its site dates back to the 1770s and the construction of Barnwell Castle. The castle served as Beaufort's courthouse until the Civil War broke out but once Union troops captured the town, the building was converted first into a hospital for northern soldiers and then later a home to officers stationed there. When the war ended in 1865 it reverted back to being a courthouse and continued as one until it was destroyed by fire in the 1880s.

In 1883, the construction of a new federal district courthouse began on the Barnwell castle site, using the castle's original foundation walls. That's the building that stands there today, rising at the corner of Monson and Bay streets.

For the most recent renovation project, which included replacing the courthouse's roof, Glick Boehm Architecture of Charleston, SC turned to IMETCO. The Norcross, GA-based company's Series 300 standing seam system gave the architect the flexibility needed, and the longevity too, thanks to the availability of those panels in IMETCO's United Zinc substrate. The designer worked with IMETCO engineers to properly outfit the building with a system that will withstand the 135MPH wind zone where the building is located. 

Other design challenges included a 5 foot radius condition where 1.5mm zinc was utilized in order to allow for a perfect fit. Fraser Construction of Bluffton, SC handled the installation.


IMETCO_logoIMETCO (Innovative Metals Company, Inc.) is a leading manufacturer of premier metal products for the building envelope, delivering performance-inspired systems tailored to every project. IMETCO offers a full range of high-performance metal roofing, metal wall, and metal edge systems and accessories that provide a virtually limitless realm of aesthetic possibilities. Additionally, IMETCO provides high-quality custom metal solutions for designers whose visions extend beyond the standard product offerings. IMETCO is the exclusive supplier of United Zinc, the only architectural zinc manufactured domestically. With specialty manufacturing capabilities, including curving, tapering, perforating and field forming, IMETCO continually distinguishes itself as a leader in the metal construction industry. Driven by a collective desire to provide exceptional service at every opportunity, IMETCO pledges to communicate, promise and deliver innovative solutions, dedicated support, professional engineering services and products manufactured to the highest quality standards. IMETCO is headquartered in Norcross, Georgia. For more information, visit www.imetco.com or call 800-646-3826.

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