Deep Run High School was designed to integrate into a housing development that was literally coming up around it. There was no context for architectural reference. So when Henrico County officials commissioned the new high school, they asked the architects to take their style cues for the design of the state-of-the-art facility from the only other structure in the vicinity, a nearby office park. They also specified that the structure incorporate sloped metal roofs on the gables.
Moseley Architects of Richmond, VA, paired brick and aluminum composite material to create a modern school building that’s all business. Reynobond® ACM was installed above the windows on the second floor, letting the building get lighter as it goes up. The school building has a long horizontal elevation across the front; gable roofs reach their highpoint on the outer edge of the building, sloping down to rim an inner courtyard. The Miller-Clapperton Partnership, Inc. of Austell, Georgia, fabricated and installed over 90,000 square feet of Reynobond® ACM, 4mm, PE with a Duranar XL finish, on the fascia/soffit, column covers and walls. Kenbridge Construction Company, Inc. of Kenbridge, Virginia was the general contractor.
“Originally, some pieces of beams were designed to be pre-cast,” said Billy Riggs of Moseley Architects. “But because of their size, Miller Clapperton suggested we change the specifications to ACM. The change of material gave us some very light long spans, and the consistent finish allowed us to match materials. We were able to switch between pre-cast and ACM with no discernable difference on the facade. Miller Clapperton did a great job. It took a lot of coordination between disciplines – ACM, the aluminum storefront and pre-cast. – to match all of the joints.”
Nearly 50,000 sq. ft of Reynobond® ACM in Bone White were used as the fascia/soffit and column covers, and 49,014 sq. ft. Reynobond® in Oyster White was used for vertical wall panels. The panels were installed using Miller-Clapperton's System 100 – exposed wet seal system utilizing silicon weather seal without painted extrusions.
“The geometry was very complex for many of the details, said Ted S. Miller of The Miller- Clapperton Partnership, Inc. “The horizontal nature of the layout created many challenges, which included cladding the fascia/soffiit of a large courtyard area within the “footprint” of the building, which made access very challenging.” Crews had to drive cranes through an unfinished portion of the first floor to complete the inner courtyard’s façade.